Performance Leader Podcast: S3 Ep 3: David Patient, Reflections on Leading a Law Firm

Ray D'Cruz
Performance Leader

Welcome to series 3, episode 3 of the Performance Leader podcast series.

In this episode, my guest is David Patient. David reflects on his time as Managing Partner, building a talented leadership team, the firm’s strategic goals and change agenda, and leading a high-performance firm. We touch on DEI, legacy, managing partner peer support, the unique Travers Smith office set up, and more. We hope you enjoy the episode.

About our guest

David Patient from Travers Smith is our guest on the Performance Leaders’ podcast.

David trained at Travers Smith and became a partner in 1999, specialising in UK and international M&A. He established the firm’s Paris office in the same year. 

David was elected to the Travers Smith Partnership Board in 2010 and became the firm’s Managing Partner in 2015 until stepping down in 2021.

David is one of the most respected leaders in the UK legal profession. In 2021 he was awarded the Managing Partner of the Year Award at the Legal Business Awards.

Today, David serves as a member of The Law Society Council representing  the UK's major corporate firms, the Committee of The City of London Law Society, as well as of the IBA Law Firm Management Committee Advisory Board.

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