Global giant announces new Aussie managing partner

One of the world’s biggest firms has just announced a new managing partner for the Australian practice: The appointment was a chief executive partner at another major firm

DLA Piper has confirmed the appointment of a new managing partner in Australia to succeed the current managing partner, Andrew Darwin, who is approaching the end of his two-year term here.

John Weber, who has been chief executive partner at Minter Ellison for more than five years, will take the reins from November.

Darwin will continue as DLA Piper’s COO and will return to the UK in 2015.

He says he’s “delighted” to welcome Weber on board.

The new managing partner’s experience in leading one of Asia Pacific's largest firms, alongside his enthusiasm and dedication to clients, makes his appointment a great fit for DLA Piper, says Darwin.

"Our Australian business has made significant progress over the past couple of years, as we have more closely aligned our local practice with the global firm. John joins us at an important time, as we continue to build our capability in Australia and our ability to provide an ever more unified and seamless experience for our clients, both domestic and international."

New arrival Weber credits Darwin’s leadership in helping to transform the business in Australia, and says it’s something he looks forward to furthering.

The firm is positioning Australia as a key component of its Asia Pacific and integrated global offerings for clients, he says.

Weber will commence on 1 November 2014, and will work closely with Darwin as he transitions into the role.

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