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Kingsley Napley gets female duo leadership team

Senior partner Jane Keir to work alongside managing partner Linda Woolley

1 May 2013

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

Kingsley Napley breaks records today as Jane Keir commences her role as senior partner.

The family lawyer joins managing partner Linda Woolley in leading the 75-year-old law firm.

The appointment makes Kingsley Napley the only top-100 UK law firm with both a female senior and managing partner.

Keir, previously head of the firm’s family law practice, takes over from Christopher Murray, who is retiring from the partnership after 43 years with the firm.

“I have a clear vision for the firm during this three-year tenure: to strengthen life-long relationships with our domestic and international clients and referrers; to demystify clients’ engagement with the legal process; and to continue to ensure that the firm is a stimulating and rewarding place to work,” she said.

At 51, Keir is one of the youngest lawyers to be appointed to the role of senior partner and one of a handful of female senior partners in City of London law firms.

Her appointment to the firm’s seven-member executive management committee brings the number of women in the team to seven, exceeding gender diversity norms in a traditionally male-dominated profession.

Keir will continue to practise as a family lawyer, but will be replaced by Charlotte Bradley as head of the family law team.

Kingsley Napley, which has 42 partners and 274 employees, reported a ten per cent growth in turnover to £27.3m in 2011/12.


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