‘Similar but different’: Osborne Clarke’s veteran senior partner Saul hands the baton to Clough

‘Similar but different’: Osborne Clarke’s veteran senior partner Saul hands the baton to Clough

Having overseen a time of significant growth for Osborne Clarke, Andrew Saul (pictured) is making way for Peter Clough to take on the senior partner mantle.

OC announced today (Monday 11 October) that its partnership had elected Clough to take over the role for a four-year term on 1 January 2022, following on from Saul completing two terms. Continue reading “‘Similar but different’: Osborne Clarke’s veteran senior partner Saul hands the baton to Clough”

Slaughters galvanises succession to name Finkler and Turnill its next generation leaders

Slaughters galvanises succession to name Finkler and Turnill its next generation leaders

In an unusual display of forward planning for a City leader, Slaughter and May has already earmarked Roland Turnill (pictured) to succeed Steve Cooke as senior partner when he steps down from the role on 1 May 2024.

The announcement today (28 September) came within a week of the news that respected litigator Deborah Finkler had been elected as Slaughters’ first managing partner as of 1 May 2022, following the planned retirement of practice partner David Wittmann and executive partner Paul Stacey. Continue reading “Slaughters galvanises succession to name Finkler and Turnill its next generation leaders”

Women leaders: Women of the revolution

Women leaders: Women of the revolution

‘There’s finally a new wave of senior leadership and it’s in the form of smart women. Whatever the reason, I think it’s great that we have a number across the City right now.’
Natasha Harrison, deputy chair and managing partner of Boies Schiller Flexner

‘I don’t like the gender divide. Everyone should be treated equally. There are a lot of good male leaders out there too. It would really piss me off if I thought I was only appointed because I’m a woman.’
Female London law firm leader Continue reading “Women leaders: Women of the revolution”

‘Laser-sharp focus’: Linklaters elects finance head Lewis as managing partner

‘Laser-sharp focus’: Linklaters elects finance head Lewis as managing partner

Linklaters partners have elected global finance head Paul Lewis as the successor to managing partner Gideon Moore, the firm announced today (15 July).

The move sees Lewis, a Linklaters lifer and a partner since 2006, take the helm alongside Aedamar Comiskey, the M&A heavy-hitter who succeeded Charlie Jacobs as senior partner on 1 July. Continue reading “‘Laser-sharp focus’: Linklaters elects finance head Lewis as managing partner”

Respected Ashurst dealmaker Karen Davies steps up to succeed Tidswell as chair

Respected Ashurst dealmaker Karen Davies steps up to succeed Tidswell as chair

Ashurst has elected formidable M&A veteran Karen Davies to succeed Ben Tidswell as its global chair, making it the latest major law firm to elevate a senior female partner.

Davies, who is currently UK head of corporate and a member of the global board, will begin her four-year term as chair in August. Continue reading “Respected Ashurst dealmaker Karen Davies steps up to succeed Tidswell as chair”

‘Confidence and distinction’ – M&A grandee Comiskey elected Linklaters senior partner

‘Confidence and distinction’ – M&A grandee Comiskey elected Linklaters senior partner

In a case of second time lucky for Aedamar Comiskey, Linklaters’ illustrious head of corporate, the M&A heavy-hitter has been elected senior partner to succeed Charlie Jacobs on 1 July.

Long considered one of the most influential corporate partners in the Square Mile, Comiskey had been particularly hotly-tipped among the candidates, which also included London corporate partner Sarah Wiggins and Milan-based Western Europe managing partner Claudia Parzani. London partner and global US practice head Tom Shropshire had also been in the running early on but in February left the firm to take over the GC and company secretary position at Diageo. Continue reading “‘Confidence and distinction’ – M&A grandee Comiskey elected Linklaters senior partner”

Getting personal – perspectives on crisis management in the Covid-19 era

Getting personal – perspectives on crisis management in the Covid-19 era

How to build the ship while sailing it, Mark Rigotti

‘The Covid-19 crisis is creating a lot of learning and insight across the legal sector and the wider communities in which we work and live. Much of this revolves around actions that organisations and their leaders are taking to navigate the crisis – including what leaders should do to manage uncertainty. Continue reading “Getting personal – perspectives on crisis management in the Covid-19 era”

Diversity guaranteed in Linklaters senior partner race as Jacobs takes JP Morgan role

Diversity guaranteed in Linklaters senior partner race as Jacobs takes JP Morgan role

Charlie Jacobs, senior partner, chairman and rainmaker of Linklaters has taken the road less travelled for outgoing law firm leaders, landing himself the role of co-head of investment banking at JP Morgan.

The audacious move will see Jacobs (pictured), who in January announced he was leaving the Magic Circle firm in October after 30 years, replace banking industry stalwart Ed Byers as he is promoted to the solely client-facing role of vice chair of UK investment banking. Jacobs will join existing co-chair David Lomer in the dual role. Continue reading “Diversity guaranteed in Linklaters senior partner race as Jacobs takes JP Morgan role”

New management roles unveiled at Macfarlanes as former leader Martin retires from partnership

New management roles unveiled at Macfarlanes as former leader Martin retires from partnership

Change is afoot at City leader Macfarlanes as Luke Powell has been lined up to succeed Julian Howard as managing partner, while the firm has appointed its first chief operating officer. At the same time, it was announced the much-admired former senior partner Charles Martin will retire from the partnership in April.

Sebastian Prichard Jones, Macfarlanes’ senior partner, announced the moves this morning (12 January). Continue reading “New management roles unveiled at Macfarlanes as former leader Martin retires from partnership”

End of an era for Travers as Reed to succeed Patient as managing partner

End of an era for Travers as Reed to succeed Patient as managing partner

David Patient is to hand the Travers Smith managing partner baton to private equity partner Edmund Reed, the firm announced this morning (16 November).

Reed, a partner in Travers’ private equity and financial sponsors group and member of the firm’s partnership board since 2013, will assume the role on 1 July 2021. Continue reading “End of an era for Travers as Reed to succeed Patient as managing partner”