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Leadership changes at Lewis Silkin with appointment of Joint Managing Partners

01 July 2019

CEO Ian Jeffery is to step down in Autumn 2019.

Lewis Silkin LLP has today announced that long serving Chief Executive Ian Jeffery will step down on 30 September this year.

The firm will be moving forward under a new leadership structure, with the creation of the new roles of Joint Managing Partner, in line with the firm’s business strategy to focus on its core markets: Creators, Makers & Innovators - supporting creative, innovative and brand-focused businesses; and Employment, Immigration & Reward - supporting the HR legal and related needs of major UK and international businesses.

Giles Crown and Richard Miskella have been appointed to the new role of Joint Managing Partner, with a brief to work together on the overall leadership of the firm as well as the individual leadership of their respective divisions. Giles is currently the Divisional Managing Partner for the firm’s Creators, Makers and Innovators (CMI) division. Richard was recently appointed as Divisional Managing Partner for the firm’s Employment, Immigration and Reward (EIR) division.

With Michael Burd remaining as Chair of the firm, the leadership team will carry out a phased handover of responsibilities over the summer and anticipates making a small number of further appointments in its professional management team to position the firm for continued success in the years ahead.

Ian Jeffery will be continuing as a partner at the firm after September 30, with focus areas including the development of new legal service ventures.

Ian Jeffery, outgoing CEO of Lewis Silkin, commented:

“With Lewis Silkin in great shape and full of potential for the future, I believe that after fifteen years of firmwide leadership responsibility, a planned transition this year is in the interests of both the firm and myself, allowing a refreshed leadership team to refine and deliver the business plan for the next three years and giving me the opportunity to focus on venture opportunities in an exciting period for the legal industry and our markets”.

Michael Burd, Chair of Lewis Silkin, added:

“We are truly grateful for the efforts Ian has put in over many years to drive our achievements as a firm. Lewis Silkin has enjoyed sustained growth and success during his tenure with particularly strong performance over recent years. I believe that these results follow from our clear strategy, the prominent brand we have in our key markets, and the huge range of talent and commitment we are lucky to enjoy across the whole of our business. I and the rest of the firm are looking forward to continuing to build on this success and working with Giles and Richard in their new roles as Joint Managing Partners.”

Richard Miskella has been with Lewis Silkin for more than 16 years, having joined from a magic circle firm as an Associate in 2002. He became a partner in 2009 and was named ‘lawyer of the year’ in the 2019 Legal Business Awards. Richard was appointed Divisional Managing Partner of Lewis Silkin’s Employment, Immigration and Reward division in April 2019.

Giles Crown has been with Lewis Silkin for 18 years, having been in-house counsel for advertising group TBWA (part of Omnicom). He is a Committee Member of the Branded Content Marketing Association and on the British Brands Group’s legal section, as well as being a member of the Creative Industries Council Marcoms Group. He is joint author and editor of the leading textbook ‘Advertising Law & Regulation’ (2nd Ed.).

About Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP ( / @LewisSilkin) is a commercial law firm with offices in London, Oxford, Cardiff, Dublin and Hong Kong.

For further information, please contact:

Tal Donahue, Etienne Bataillé or Hannah Simpson at Infinite Global

Tel: 020 7269 1430


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