Guy Beringer, the recently retired Senior Partner of Allen & Overy, has joined the Board of the College of Law as a non-executive Governor.
Beringer, who joined Allen & Overy as a trainee in 1978, was elected Senior Partner in 1999 and completed his second term earlier this year. He led the magic circle firm through a period of massive expansion and global growth retiring from the partnership in July. A&O is in the top six world law firms with a turnover in excess of 1 billion sterling, twenty eight offices and over 2,700 lawyers.
Since retirement Beringer has been appointed a non-executive director of Fleming Family & Partners Limited and a non-executive member of the Board of Her Majesty's Courts Service.
Despite his background in the City, Beringer has consistently used his skills across the legal services sector. In 2006 he was a member of the Carter Committee on the Reform of Legal Aid and in 2006 he was appointed Queen’s Counsel ‘honoris causa’ for his contribution to pro-bono and legal services in general.
Commenting on his appointment Beringer said: “A great feature of the College is that it has always responded to the needs of the profession. The next generation of lawyers faces huge challenges in the delivery of legal services in both the private and public sectors and I look forward to playing an active role in assisting the College to respond to such challenges. The profession is a very different one from when I first entered it in 1978 and today’s generation must acquire very different skill sets in order to succeed.”
Chairman of the Board of Governors, Charles Plant welcomed Beringer’s appointment and said: “The College is operating in increasingly competitive markets and facing the challenge of delivering to a diverse profession. Guy’s appointment will considerably strengthen our Board as we enter an era where we may face many new strategic challenges, not least the global recruitment, education and training market.”
Beringer is also an accomplished sportsman and won two rugby blues at Cambridge while reading history at St. Catherine's College. He went on to play rugby for London Irish for 10 years.
He is married with three daughters. His interests include choral singing, golf, boating and church history. He is a member of the Corporate Advisory Board of the Royal Academy and a Fellow Commoner of St. Catharine's College, Cambridge.