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Mishcon de Reya announces Kevin Gold as Executive Chairperson and James Libson as Managing Partner in leadership changes

Posted on 16 March 2020

Mishcon de Reya today announces that their existing leadership structure will change with the addition of an Executive Chairperson role. Having grown from less than 100 people in 1997 when Kevin Gold first became Managing Partner to over 1,000 people in 2020, the Firm has taken the decision to review the leadership structure and split the current Managing Partner role into two.

The Executive Chairperson will focus on the overall strategic development of the law firm as well as the ancillary businesses in the MDR Group (MDR Cyber, MDR Brand Management, MDR Mayfair and MDR Discover). This will also include addressing the firm's international strategy and investments. Kevin Gold will take on this role for an initial five year term.  

The Managing Partner will be responsible for the overall operational management of the law firm, including responsibility for delivery against agreed business plans. Department Chairs and the current Directorate will report to the Managing Partner (except when assisting the ancillary businesses). James Libson will take on this role for an initial four year term. Both were uncontested in standing for these roles and so no election was held.

James Libson will continue to act for clients though he will no longer be Chair of the Private department. His successor will be announced in due course.

These changes are effective 10 April 2020.

Kevin Gold commented:

"I am excited for the next phase of growth in the Firm. This is the latest in a series of structural changes that we are making to accelerate our ambitious growth plans and is consistent with both our 10 Year Vision and our Core Values.  I'm proud to take on this role across the law firm and MDR Group and look forward to working with James to make it happen."

James Libson added:

"I have worked with Kevin for more than 20 years and I am very happy that this will continue as I take up this role. The scale of the structural changes we are making matches our ambition for the future of Mishcon de Reya, putting us in the best possible position to grow our business and continue to provide excellent client service."

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