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‘A difficult decision’: Rob Day steps down as KWM SJ Berwin MP while Kon continues

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin has today (7 October) announced the election of UK real estate co-head William Boss as its next managing partner, while senior partner Stephen Kon has been re-appointed to his leadership role.

Having joined the firm 16 years ago from legacy Bond Pearce and made partner in 2005, Boss works with key clients including Marks & Spencer, The Crown Estate and Battersea Power Station. The real estate leader takes over from incumbent managing partner, Rob Day, who will have served two terms when he steps down in May 2015. The firm said that given the ‘importance of ensuring continuity at a time of change’ it brought forward the election process over the summer to ‘ensure an effective handover period’.

Kon, meanwhile, moved into management as senior partner in May 2012 and led legacy SJ Berwin into its combination with King & Wood Mallesons last year. His re-election is ‘affirmation of his contribution to the position to date and marks the importance of continuing to drive the firm’s strategy forward over the coming years’.

Outgoing managing partner Rob Day said: ‘It was a difficult decision not to stand for re-election as managing partner, but having spent the last six years in the role I believe I have helped the firm develop both operationally and strategically and that now is the right time to let someone else take the helm with Stephen.’ 

Boss said: ‘This is a hugely exciting time for our business, as we look to capitalise on our potential as a global player with a unique difference. I am honoured to take on the role and will continue Rob’s excellent work in building a successful business for the benefit of our exceptional people and top flight clients.’

Senior partner Stephen Kon added: ‘I fully understand and respect Rob’s decision that now is the appropriate time for him to pass the managing partner mantle to William. William has enormous talent, energy, judgement and integrity and I am looking forward to working with him in taking the firm forward in the future.’