Kevin Gold is no ordinary corporate finance lawyer. Though his professional blurb lists traditional responsibilities around M&A, joint ventures, tax, and commercial negotiations, a much wider view of his role as Managing Partner for one of London’s most prestigious law firms would feature titles like executive leader, educator, innovator, and progressive cultural champion. His prominent London law firm, Mishcon de Reya, specialises in cutting-edge legal services, enhanced by new working models, tools and delivery. As a business leader, Kevin has led Mishcon down some of the biggest and most challenging transformations in its eighty-year history.
Founded by pre-eminent jurist Victor Mishcon in 1937, Mishcon de Reya has represented many esteemed clients in very public cases, including Princess Diana, and is currently involved in exploring constitutional laws regarding article 50 and Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. Before joining Mishcon de Reya, Kevin was a partner at Bayer Rosin. He moved to Mishcon with his corporate team in April 1995 and took over as head of the department in December of that year. When Kevin later became Managing Partner in 1997 it was a business with around £13 million annual turnover. This year, almost twenty years on, Mishcon de Reya’s turnover is just shy of £130 million.
“We have grown so quickly, and we have seen a huge increase in people and new processes. We’ve even had to do away with the traditional three-year strategy in favour of a new ten-year vision to factor in all the ongoing changes,” says Kevin. The growth has helped to facilitate numerous substantial changes, starting with the conversion of the firm into a limited liability partnership model in 2015, after decades as a general partnership. Kevin also spearheaded the relocation of Mishcon de Reya’s four offices into one 120,000 square-foot space in Africa House, with a separate working space available in the nearby Weston House…
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