Strategy updated as Pinsents MP Ryan appointed for another term
Pinsent Masons managing partner David Ryan has been re-elected to serve another term leading the national firm.Ryan was reappointed last month after an uncontested election process. Ryan, who was initially voted in as managing partner of Pinsent Curtis in 1999, will formally begin his new term on 1 March, 2009. During his time at the law firm's helm he has overseen two mergers - the first, with Biddle in 2001, followed by the Masons merger in 2004. His appointment coincides with the firm starting its new three-year stategy, which was devised by Ryan. The strategy will see the firm's international and London presence forming a key part of its overall development, with practice areas including infrastructure, corporate, technology, outsourcing, property and project finance highlighted for growth internationally.Ryan told Legal Week: "We are in a different place to where we were in 2005. We have made progress and are more confident and ambitious in what we want to do. Our last strategy was concerned with making the merger work whereas the current one is about making us stronger in terms of international reach and client relationships."News of Ryan's re-election comes after Pinsents senior partner Chris Mullen took up his second four-year term in the role in July, also after an uncontested election. He initially took up the post in 2005 when Julian Tonks stood down due to ill health. Mullen also pledged to boost the firm's international growth, targeting the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. Earlier this year, the top 20 UK law firm announced double-digit growth in turnover for the third consecutive year. Fee income jumped by 11% over 2007-08 to reach a new high of £213m, while profits per equity partner increased by 6% to hit £500,000.
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