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Kingsley Napley today announces Christopher Murray's decision to retire both as Senior Partner and from the Partnership, effective 1 May 2013. Jane Keir, currently head of the firm's Family Law practice, will succeed him as Senior Partner. Charlotte Bradley will replace Keir as Head of the firm's Family Law team.
Murray, 65, was appointed Senior Partner in 2007, only the fourth to hold this title in the firm's 75 year history. Having been articled at the firm, he has been a Criminal & Regulatory law partner for 36 years (over 10 years as Department Head) and has also held a number of external appointments during that period. He sat as a Crown Court Recorder between 1993 and 2008, is a former Chair of the Law Society's Criminal Law Committee and former joint Chair of the International Bar Association’s Business Crime Committee.
Keir, 50, joined Kingsley Napley in 1989, became a partner in 1992 and Head of Family Law in 1999. She will be one of a tiny number of female senior partners in City of London law firms and one of the youngest ever to succeed to the role.
Christopher Murray said of his retirement:
"To have been the Senior Partner at Kingsley Napley is of course a huge privilege. For me however it has been far more. At every level, whether professional or administrative, I have been surrounded by dedicated, talented and friendly colleagues. All, without exception, have been committed to the pursuit of excellence in what they do, in a way that is consistent with the firm’s core values of teamwork, respect, integrity and fairness. It is this combination of people and principles that has made it such a joy to have served them. Jane embodies all of these qualities, and will, I know, be as passionate about the role as I have been.”
Linda Woolley, Managing Partner, paid tribute to Christopher:
"I am honoured to have managed the firm alongside someone of Christopher's immense talent. Not only an exemplary criminal lawyer, he combines a warmth, charm, wit and compassion that is as rare as it is cherished. He was a wonderful mentor to me and many others at the firm and is respected by all who have had the pleasure of working with or knowing him, for both the lawyer and the gentleman that he is.
"On behalf of the whole firm, I thank him deeply for all that he has given to us and our clients over the years. We are delighted that Christopher's sage advice is not lost to us altogether, as he has agreed to take on a part-time consultancy role.
"Whilst his are undoubtedly large shoes to fill, the Management Team and I have total confidence in Jane's ability to bring her own style and substance to the Senior Partner position."
Jane Keir commented:
"It is with natural trepidation that I tread where my friend and colleague Christopher has gone before. However with his and the firm's continued support, I intend to follow Christopher's path of upholding Kingsley Napley's unparalleled reputation as a firm of quality and integrity across a number of legal disciplines, trusted by our clients, our colleagues and the legal industry alike."
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