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‘Exceptional commitment’: Pre-merger leaders re-elected at Charles Russell Speechlys

Managing partner James Carter and senior partner Christopher Page have been re-elected as Charles Russell Speechlys‘ management team for another three years.

Carter and Page will begin their second three-year term in May 2017 after the pair ran unopposed in the firm’s elections.

With Page the former senior partner of Charles Russell and Carter Speechly Bircham’s managing partner, the two led their legacy firms through its merger in 2014 to create a 170 partner firm with combined revenues of £135m.

As part of the merger, both Carter and Page led Speechly Bircham’s move into Charles Russell’s London offices on Fleet Place from its previous home on New Street Square.

The firm’s profits per equity partner (PEP) rose by an impressive 31% to £427,000 in its second set of financials post-merger for the 2015/16 financial year after posting a PEP of £325,000 the year previous before merger-related adjustments. Revenues also increased by 4%, with a boost of $5m to £140m.

Deputy senior partner Keir Gordon said: ‘James and Christopher have shown exceptional commitment to the firm over the past two and a half years leading us successfully through the merger and setting a clear strategy for the firm to move forward with. We have continued to meet the strategic and financial goals we set ourselves at the time of the merger, which is a testament to their strong leadership.’

In June this year, the firm appointed three new partners to its Geneva office, with plans to grow its European offering further.