Drummond elected for seventh term at Brodies
Mr Drummond, who is one of the UK’s longest-serving managing partners, was first elected in 1998 and has been with the firm for 35 years.
Under his stewardship, it has grown from 175 lawyers and staff based at a single office in Edinburgh to 639 colleagues, including 93 partners and 222 lawyers and other professional advisers, working across four offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Brussels.
Over the same period turnover has risen more than seven-fold from £8 million to £57.94m, and profits have increased almost eleven-fold from £2.5m to £27.1m.
Since he was first elected, the firm has improved its range of specialist services and business performance year-on-year. In 2015, it also achieved more top tier ranked practice areas in the independent legal directories than any other law firm in Scotland, and the most lawyers named as ‘leading individuals’.
Mr Drummond’s role encompasses not only strategic development, hands-on management and bringing greater transparency to professional development across the practice, but also an ambassadorial and relationship management role for some of its largest clients.
He has spent ten years as a board member, and latterly chairman, of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) and throughout his career he has promoted and overseen initiatives to encourage greater diversity in the legal profession, skills development among young people and charity fundraising activities for good causes, including Brodies’ official charity partner, Maggie’s Centres.
Christine O’Neill, the firm’s chairman, said: “Bill’s longevity as managing partner is a reflection of his considerable achievements over the past 17 years, and the faith that the partnership places in him to continue to build on Brodies’ success.
“Bill’s commitment to the training and progression of colleagues across the firm is unrelenting. He has overseen the introduction of a ‘Clear Steer’ framework that sets out a route map for the career development and promotion of lawyers and support staff, and is a valued mentor to lawyers and other colleagues at all stages of their careers.”