Herbert Smith Freehills launches management elections as co-CEOs retire


Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has kicked off the process to appoint new leadership with current joint CEOs David Willis and Gavin Bell retiring from the firm.

Willis and Bell, who have been in the roles since the legacy firms Herbert Smith and Freehills merged in October 2012, will step down in April 2014. The Herbert Smith Freehills Global Council – the firm’s governance body – will decide whether the dual role will be replaced by a single CEO or whether the role will continue to be undertaken jointly, with the appointments process expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Before merger talks between Herbert Smith and Freehills began, Willis’ term as managing partner of Herbert Smith had been due to end in April 2013. He agreed to a 1-year extension because of the merger.