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At a glance

2018 Winner

  • Glen Atchison

2018 Highly Recommended

  • Kevin Gold - HIGHLY COMMENDED | Mishcon de Reya
  • Bill Drummond | Brodies
  • Charlie Jacobs | Linklaters
  • David Patient | Travers Smith
  • Sharon White | Stephenson Harwood

Previous Years

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Management Partner of the Year

The winner of this award will be a UK-based managing partner, senior partner, head of chambers, chief executive or chief operating officer who has truly led the way for their business in 2018. Key factors influencing our judging panel include market profile, outstanding strategic thinking, superb communication skills and the extent to which individuals have the support of staff and clients in driving the firm’s business forward.

2018 Winner

Glen Atchison picking up his Management Partner of the Year award at the Legal Business Awards 2018

Glen Atchison

Harbottle & Lewis

Elected a decade ago as the firm’s managing partner at the tender age of 37, Atchison has overseen startling growth and the expansion of a well-regarded West End media practice. Over the last five years, revenues have grown
48% (from £19m to over £28m), while PEP has increased by 58% from £345,000 to £545,000, and partners at the top of the ladder had profit shares exceeding £1m.

Highly Recommended


Mishcon de Reya

2017 Law Firm of the Year Mishcon de Reya posted yet another outstanding set of financials for 2016/17, with turnover up 17% to £149.4m – meaning revenues have doubled since 2011/12 when the firm’s top line was £73.1m. Gold has presided over this market-leading growth,
driving Mishcon to become arguably the law
firm of the decade.

Bill Drummond


Drummond stepped down this month after 20 years as managing partner of the firm he joined as a trainee in 1980. He hands over to a younger generation of leadership after a hugely successful run that has seen Brodies emerge as the most leading independent Scottish firm, with Drummond driving some phenomenal financial growth as managing partner.

Charlie Jacobs


In October 2016, Jacobs took over as senior partner amid high hopes that the corporate rainmaker would bring flair and dynamism to the leadership at a City giant that looked in danger of losing its way. Morale and recent performance at Linklaters has markedly improved in the last 18 months with the firm – moving away from the metric-obsessed leadership of old – looking set to regain its former swagger.

David Patient

Travers Smith

With unwavering support internally, the clubbable Patient was re-elected for a second three-year term that starts in July and there were no rivals to contest his reappointment. It is clear to see why – during his tenure the revenues, morale and reputation of this City stalwart have only gone one way.

Sharon White

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood’s supervisory council took the decision in 2017 to extend White’s existing term for a further two years, with her last three-year term due to expire last September. The modest White has been a standout female leader at the top end of the UK profession and the firm has thrived since she took on the chief executive role in 2009.