Norton Rose Fulbright hands Peter Martyr sixth term as chief executive

Norton Rose Fulbright global chief executive Peter Martyr has been handed a sixth term at the helm of the firm.

According to a firm spokesperson, Martyr was confirmed in the role by the firm’s global partnership this June, with his new three-year term set to start on 1 January next year.

By the end of his new term he will have led the firm for more than 18 years, having first taken the reins as chief exec in 2002.

It is not clear whether Martyr was elected or reappointed.

The spokesperson continued: “This is an internal partnership issue and as such we will not comment on the specifics of the process. We planned to announce the global chief executive and global chair simultaneously before their terms officially start on 1 January 2018. We normally do this about a month before, and have done so in previous years.”

Martyr was first elected chief executive of the firm in May 2002, shortly after its merger with German firm Gaedertz’s Cologne office.

Under his leadership, the firm has expanded rapidly via a series of mergers, including this year’s tie-ups with US firm Chadbourne & Parke and Australia’s Henry Davis York, a deal that is set to go live later this year.

The 2013 combination of Norton Rose and US firm Fulbright & Jaworski came on the back of the 2010 tie-up with Deacons, as well as the firm’s three-way merger with Canada’s Ogilvy Renault and South Africa’s Deneys Reitz in 2011.

Martyr works in tandem with firm chairman Stephen Parish, who took up a third three-year term in the role in May 2015. It is as yet unconfirmed whether he will continue in the post next year.

Norton Rose saw revenue increase by 6% last year to £1.22bn. Last month, the firm announced plans to create 100 new jobs in its legal process hub in Newcastle after securing new premises for the base, a year after launching a pilot scheme in the city. The 100 new jobs will be created across two to three years, building on the 28-strong team of lawyers and non-lawyers currently based in the northeast city.