• University of Law appoints Director of Client Law Firms

    29 January 2015

    The University of Law (ULaw) has today announced the appointment of David Barnes to the position of Director of Client Law Firms. This senior appointment reflects ULaw’s clear commitment to further enhancing its service to, and innovation for, client law firms.

    Currently at Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), David Barnes was a leading corporate partner at Linklaters for over 25 years, spending ten years establishing Linklaters in Hong Kong and playing a major role in the development of Linklaters in Asia. In his last role with Linklaters, David was Global Head of the Corporate Division, leading the firms work with clients such as BT Group, Centrica, HSBC, Jardine Matheson Group and J. Sainsbury.

    Following his retirement from Linklaters in 2011, since 2012, David has been a Consultant Partner at BLP in the corporate finance practice, assisting in their successful development in Hong Kong, Beijing and Singapore, as well as assisting in establishing their outbound practice from Japan.

    John Latham, President and CEO ULaw, said; “David is a leading figure in commercial legal practice and has operated at the highest level within the UK and internationally. We set out to hire a leader with the insights and knowledge of practice and client needs to help us further enhance our work with, and offering to the legal industry. 

    David Barnes
    David Barnes to the position of Director of Client Law Firms

    “David brings first class experience as a legal leader and developer of talent, and impeccable client relationship skills to the University. We are tremendously excited by David’s appointment, and I am very much looking forward to working with him to take our offering to law firms to another level.”

    David Barnes commented; “To date I have spent my career within leading global law firms. I have always focused on listening to client needs and on delivering solutions. I am proud to be an alumnus of The University of Law and see my new role with them as an opportunity to bridge the worlds of practice and academia – to ensure ULaw’s graduates have the right blend of knowledge and skills to succeed in the profession.”

    For further information please contact:
    The University of Law:
    Mark Knight/ Sarah Evans Toyne/ Lianne Robinson/Henry Adams
    Telephone: 020 7726 6111
    E-mail: theuniversityoflaw@broadgatemainland.com

    Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP:
    Caroline Grant, Head of Communications
    Telephone:  020 3400 3228
    E-mail:   Caroline.Grant@blplaw.com