05:45, June 05 665 0

2017-06-05 05:45:10
Nabarro ‘change director’ switches over to Lewis Silkin

Nabarro’s ‘director of change’ Graeme Wood has joined Lewis Silkin as its new chief operating officer (COO).

Wood, who has also worked at Linklaters, replaces Lewis Silkin’s outgoing COO Jan DeCerce.

He will be responsible for the firm’s operations, playing a role in the firm’s delivery of a long-term business strategy and creating more efficient operations.

After an 8 per cent increase in revenue over 2014/15, Lewis Silkin’s annual turnover was static at £44.7m in the last financial year. However, net profit grew nearly 40 per cent to £14.5m.

The firm launched a three-year strategy to focus on growth in the two major markets where it has a strong reputation – employment and creative industries. It reorganised practice groups in line with this to create a two-division approach.

Wood started working at Nabarro over a year ago, being appointed as part of a wider review of the responsibilities of the firm’s senior management, which began when senior partner Graham Stedman announced his retirement in 2015.

Wood took on the role around the same time Nabarro appointed its first COO Shiree Murdoch, who had previously served as Nabarro’s HR director. She has since become CMS’s HR director after Nabarro agreed to merge with CMS Cameron McKenna and Olswang last October.

CMS launched a consultation process for its business services and secretarial teams last year. In a statement the firm said 650 staff had been offered roles in the new firm out of 950.

In terms of management, CMS has taken the bulk of leadership roles in the new firm. Just one Nabarro and one Olswang partner will lead a practice area single-handedly, with Nabarro senior partner Ciaran Carvalho set to lead the global real estate group and Olswang’s Iain Stanisfield leading the UK commercial practice.