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UK law firm CEO becomes head of Canadian law firm

Looks forward to working in 'a completely different legal culture'  

27 January 2015

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

Paul Wilson is stepping down as chief executive of UK law firm Shakespeares to take on a senior position at a Canadian boutique legal practice.

During his nine-year tenure, Shakespeares underwent several mergers and acquisitions and grew from a £10m Birmingham firm to a £50m Midlands firm. In 2013/14, revenues were up 69 per cent year-on-year.

"This is a decision primarily driven by personal circumstances," said Wilson. "I am looking forward to the challenge of working in a completely different legal culture."

Wilson is the latest law firm leader to take on a senior position within another law firm.

Others include: Tony Angel (from Linklaters to DLA Piper); David Gray (from Eversheds to DWF); Malcolm Shelton-Agar (from DLA Phillips Fox to Jackson McDonald); and Guy Stobart (from Burgess Salmon to Kennedys).

Wilson will move to Toronto to become managing director of Canadian intellectual property and technology law firm Smart & Biggar.

Shakespeares' chief client officer, Andy Raynor, will become the firm's new chief executive.

"We are delighted that our long-term succession plans have come to fruition. Andy Raynor has worked with Paul and our main board team since 2013 and has already made a tremendous impact," said Mark English, joint senior partner.

"He shares our passion for growth and creativity as we continue to build a sizeable national firm built on a strong regional presence. We believe Andy is the ideal appointment for the next phase of our development."





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