LAWFUEL – Legal Announcement Service – International law firm Eversheds has announced that Bryan Hughes, UK Managing Partner, will takeover from David Gray as CEO of the firm in May 2009 for a four year term. Mr Gray will step down after six years in charge of the firm at the end of April 2009 having overseen the firm’s move to become a leading City and international player with 40 offices worldwide.
Bryan Hughes, who has been part of Eversheds’ management team for eight years, and a member of its Executive for five years, had the unanimous backing of Eversheds senior management and his election was uncontested.
Alan Jenkins, Eversheds Chairman, said:
“Any change at the top of a large international law firm is always significant, but the results of our election process show that there will be a smooth transition from David Gray to Bryan Hughes. David had the vision to see what Eversheds could become and working with his senior management team took Eversheds from its position as a leading national firm to become a leading City and international player. Bryan is a key member of the management team and Executive and has worked alongside David to achieve this. Because it was an uncontested election, it demonstrates that our partners are fully behind a continuation of the current strategy. It is a resounding vote of confidence for one of the architects of that strategy.”
In the run up to the election, Mr Hughes made it clear that he is committed to maintaining the firm’s approach and strategy. Investment will continue in Eversheds International, with further office openings expected in the near future. Growth in London will also be targeted, increasing Eversheds’ share of City work. But Hughes will also maintain the full service offer backed by regional delivery and the firms market leading project management and global account management processes.
Mr Hughes said:
“Eversheds is now a leading international firm. We are known for our innovation, expertise and focus on practising law in a modern rather than traditional way. It is a real privilege to takeover from David. I will be working with one of the most experienced and progressive management teams of any law firm, and we have a fantastic depth of talent throughout the business.”