Herbert Smith Tries More Management

April 21, 2008 For the last 15 years the United Kingdom's Herbert Smith has been one of the few international firms in London without a managing partner. That ended last week when the firm appointed corporate partner David Willis to that position. Willis, who spent four years running the firm's practice in Asia in the late 1990s, steps in as senior partner David Gold's managerial sidekick. Willis is "great at implementation," Gold says.

The move puts Herbert Smith closer to the norm among U.K. firms, which tend to put more resources into management than U.S. firms.

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