Pinsent Masons appoints new NI operations chairman
Pinsent Masons has announced the appointment of a new chairman of company operations for Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Richard Masters will oversee more than 500 of the law firm's solicitors and support staff based in Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Belfast. The Lisburn man began his career with another law firm, McGrigors, as a graduate around 30 years ago.
Mr Masters was the company's managing partner at the time of the 2012 merger with Pinsent Masons.
He is taking up the post following the death of McGrigors/Pinsent Masons stalwart Kirk Murdoch, who passed away earlier this year.
Speaking about his appointment to the new position, Mr Masters said: "I am delighted and honoured to take on the role of chairman for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
"I will build on the foundations laid down by Kirk Murdoch, who was a strong influence on me both personally and professionally.
"My objective is to support our lawyers in Scotland and Northern Ireland in maintaining and growing our market share and reputation, while making a significant contribution to the firm's overarching ambition of being the market leader in the global sectors in which we operate."
John Cleland, Pinsent Masons managing director, added: "Richard's previous experience at executive board level and his successful tenure in charge of Cerico will be instrumental in further strengthening Pinsent Masons' offering to clients in Scotland and Northern Ireland."