30th November 2017
New era for Walker Morris as Simpson drives practice forward.
Walker Morris has announced that Malcolm Simpson will be the Firm’s new Managing Partner with effect from 1 May 2018. Malcolm will take over at the end of April next year when Ian Gilbert retires, bringing an end to his 8-year tenure as Managing Partner.
Malcolm brings 17 years of experience as a partner in the Commercial Disputes Team at Walker Morris and has in-depth understanding of the Firm’s operations through his position as IT partner, during which he oversaw a multi-million pound investment in the Firm’s IT systems and infrastructure.
He is also the former Chair of the Firm’s International Committee and was a judge for three consecutive years for The Lawyer European Awards. As a long-standing head of Walker Morris’ US practice, he is a trusted adviser and relationship partner to global corporations headquartered in the US and Europe, as well as leading UK companies in the manufacturing, housebuilding and construction sectors.
Commenting on the appointment Ian Gilbert said:
“I would like to congratulate Malcolm on his appointment as Managing Partner. Malcolm is taking over at be a very exciting time for the Firm and is ideally suited to lead Walker Morris through its next phase of development and to help the Firm deliver its ambitious plans for growth.”
Malcolm Simpson added:
“It is currently an exciting and dynamic time in the legal sector, with the influence of technology, the impact of Brexit and new working practices all feeding into changing the way we respond to our clients’ needs. I am looking forward to continuing to shape Walker Morris’ distinctive approach so that it remains the law firm of choice for business clients locally, nationally and internationally.”
Earlier this month Ian Gilbert was awarded the Yorkshire Legal Award for Managing Partner of the Year in recognition of his contribution to Walker Morris and the legal profession.