Eversheds leaders take new roles in top-level overhaul
Eversheds has overhauled its management structure as Bryan Hughes prepares to take over from David Gray as chief executive, with Gray set to take a new international role. The firm is splitting current chairman Alan Jenkins' role into three, with Jenkins retaining responsibility for Eversheds LLP - which consists of the firm's offices in the UK, Paris, Copenhagen, the Middle East and Shanghai. Gray will take up a new post as chairman of Eversheds International when he steps down as chief executive at the end of April. The role will see him chairing the Eversheds International board and executive committee, made up of members of the firm's alliances and associate entities. Stephen Hopkins will take on Jenkins' distinct head of international role. The position expands his existing responsibility for international integration - improving international development and integration across offices. Separately, real estate head Lee Ranson will become Eversheds' new managing partner. He takes over from Hughes in the position, with an initial focus on the UK.Property partner Julie Stobart will replace Ranson as head of real estate. Martin Warren will continue to head the firm's human resources practice and will also take on the newly-created post of head of client strategy. Hughes told Legal Week: "As we enter a very challenging period it is important to have the right management structure in place and the changes announced today will ensure that Eversheds builds on its position in the market."All of the new positions are due to come into effect on1 May, with the firm also in the process of drawing up a new strategy for the same date.See Analysis, pages 14-16.
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