Nigel Knowles to retire from DLA Piper

February 20, 2016 DLA Piper’s senior partner and global co-chairman, Sir Nigel Knowles, will retire from the firm this year, the firm announced.

Knowles has been with DLA for 38 years, during which time he saw the firm expand from six offices in the UK to a global firm. Knowles will step down from his leadership roles on 30 April, two months before officially retiring as partner. He will continue to work as a consultant with DLA Piper.

The firm will quickly move to elect a successor to Knowles. The firm’s international board as well as its CEO Simon Levine will nominate candidates and an election will take place before the end of March. The newly elected leader will take over duties on 1 May.

In 2009, Knowles was made a knight of the realm for services to London as well as the legal profession.

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