2018 winner

David Kerr

As one of the longest-serving leaders of a major law firm, David Kerr has spearheaded over 20 years of innovative expansion and development in an increasingly competitive environment.

A true visionary, he has been the driving force behind Bird & Bird’s strategy for building a full-service, technology led global firm.

On David’s watch, the firm has gone from being a relatively small primarily London firm, best known as a specialist IP and TMT outfit, to a formidable international player – whilst managing to preserve its distinctive and widely admired culture.

He pioneered an industry sector focus which has since been widely copied by other firms.

David’s promotion and support of innovation in the way the firm operates and how it serves clients have also been characteristic of his leadership.

Winner’s quote: “I’m very honoured to have been recognised by the Managing Partners’ Forum, and thank them tremendously for this award. During my time as CEO, there’s been a great deal of change, but with clarity of vision and strength of purpose, we’ve achieved great things as a firm. I truly believe you can’t do anything without great people around you, and I’ve been lucky to be surrounded by incredible people. I’d like to say a huge congratulations to all our winners, and thank you to everyone involved for continuing to help us further our aim of being the number one law firm in the world for organisations being changed by technology and the digital world.” 

David Kerr