Global law firm Clyde & Co today announced that, following an uncontested election, Simon Konsta has been appointed Senior Partner of the firm, effective 1 November 2016.
Konsta has served as a member of the Global Management Board since 2011 becoming Global Head of Insurance in 2013. He has overseen the development of the firm's client key account programme and driven its expansion in a number of markets including, most recently, Scotland and Germany.
As Senior Partner he will chair the firm's Global Management Board and work closely with its Regional Boards (MEA, APAC, Americas, and UK & Europe), Global Management Team and Chief Executive Peter Hasson.
Konsta says: "To have been elected senior partner of a firm of the calibre of Clyde & Co is an enormous privilege. One of the great strengths of this firm is that it has long been committed to a clear sector based growth strategy. My primary focus will be on maintaining that while broadening out our client programme across all sectors and regions so that we are ready for the next phase of our growth."
He succeeds James Burns who takes on a new role as Head of the Americas, also as of 1 November 2016. The move reflects the firm's rapid international growth over recent years and the increasing importance of its regional leadership teams as the firm continues to expand.
Chief Executive Peter Hasson, says: "Simon has been at the heart of the leadership of Clyde & Co for a number of years and, as Global Head of Insurance, has led the development of our largest global sector group. He has been appointed senior partner on the back of unanimous support from the global board as well as strong backing from across our regions and practice areas. Having Simon as senior partner working with our global board and our increasingly important regional management teams provides us with a strong framework for future growth."
James Burns, adds: "Simon and I have worked together on the board over recent years. He will make an excellent senior partner and I look forward to continuing to work with him."
Simon Konsta joined Barlow Lyde & Gilbert in 1993 and was a key part of its successful merger with Clyde & Co in 2011, for a number of years the largest merger of two UK firms. He maintains a legal practice focusing on commercial dispute resolution and professional liability and has acted on a number of landmark professional negligence actions for technology, property, accounting and consulting firms.