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”

‘Overwhelming support’: More of the same at Addleshaws as Joyce secures third term

‘Overwhelming support’: More of the same at Addleshaws as Joyce secures third term

Addleshaw Goddard managing partner John Joyce has reaffirmed his position at the helm of the firm following an uncontested leadership election, the firm announced today (2 November).

The deadlines for nominations closed on 30 October and Joyce has now been elected for a four-year term beginning on 1 May 2021. Joyce was first elected to the position in 2014 after a contested election against real estate head Adrian Collins. Continue reading “‘Overwhelming support’: More of the same at Addleshaws as Joyce secures third term”

‘Absolutely the right person’: OC names infra finance head Al-Nuaimi as CEO successor to Beswick

‘Absolutely the right person’: OC names infra finance head Al-Nuaimi as CEO successor to Beswick

Osborne Clarke has named its successor to Simon Beswick as CEO, with infrastructure finance head and OC veteran Omar Al-Nuaimi (pictured) taking over in July 2021.

The move will see Al-Nuaimi succeed Beswick, OC’s inaugural CEO, at the end of his term after eight years in the role. The appointment was announced to partners on Thursday (8 October) by Núria Martín, chair of the international council and managing partner of Osborne Clarke’s Spanish offices.  Continue reading “‘Absolutely the right person’: OC names infra finance head Al-Nuaimi as CEO successor to Beswick”

Glass ceiling finally shattered for Magic Circle as Freshfields elects female senior partner

Glass ceiling finally shattered for Magic Circle as Freshfields elects female senior partner

While the upper echelon of City law has seen senior female leaders before in Penelope Warne at CMS, Sonya Leydecker at Herbert Smith and Lovells’ Lesley McDonagh before them, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has beaten Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Linklaters to the punch by electing the first-ever woman to a top leadership role in the Magic Circle. The firm today (24 September) announced it has elected Asia disputes head Georgia Dawson as its new senior partner. 

And as has long been rumouredthe new senior partner will head up a reconfigured leadership team, including the hotly-tipped Alan Mason and Rick van Aerssen, as well as Rafique Bachour.  Continue reading “Glass ceiling finally shattered for Magic Circle as Freshfields elects female senior partner”

Australia yields two new board members for Ashurst as Davies gets re-elected in London

Australia yields two new board members for Ashurst as Davies gets re-elected in London

Ashurst has elected two new board members from its corporate partner ranks in Sydney and Melbourne while respected dealmaker Karen Davies has been reappointed in London.

The move, which takes effect on 1 November, sees Sydney corporate partner Phil Breden and Melbourne corporate partner Kylie Lane elevated as Davies, who has been on the board since 2017, is re-enlisted for a further stint. Continue reading “Australia yields two new board members for Ashurst as Davies gets re-elected in London”

‘The top firms can hardly believe it’ – City law firms are quietly gathering momentum amid the uncertainty

‘The top firms can hardly believe it’ – City law firms are quietly gathering momentum amid the uncertainty

The back-to-school feel in the City is unmistakable, not least because the actual schools are back, as major law firms attempt to find something like normality in an environment that remains a few standard deviations from the norm.

In some ways it was ever thus come the end of August. As one law firm leader remarks: ‘I said to our FD: “September will be crucial,” and was swiftly was reminded I’ve said that for the last five years.’ This has always been the defining period for law firms’ financial year, just more so now. So, how’s it looking out there? Continue reading “‘The top firms can hardly believe it’ – City law firms are quietly gathering momentum amid the uncertainty”

Martyr bows out after two-decade reign as NRF chooses new chief executive

Martyr bows out after two-decade reign as NRF chooses new chief executive

The reign of one of global law’s longest-serving leaders will come to an end shortly with Peter Martyr completing his final term for Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) at the end of this year, the firm announced today (17 August).

Replacing Martyr will be global head of disputes Gerry Pecht, meaning the firm will be led by a partner from its legacy Fulbright & Jaworski hub in Texas after almost two decades of leadership out of London. Pecht specialises in commercial litigation involving securities and investigations in the energy sector, and has headed up the practice since 2014.  Continue reading “Martyr bows out after two-decade reign as NRF chooses new chief executive”