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A message from our new Chair, Fiona McBride

1 April 2021

I am very pleased to announce that as of 1st April 2021, I will be stepping into the position of Chair of Withers & Rogers. The past year has been challenging in many ways, and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead the agenda on how we emerge from the pandemic as a stronger business.

Our people are key to the success of our firm, so it is only right that people and culture will be a core focus for me. Our success is a result of the hard work and commitment of all of us working together and as Chair, I will continue to invest in our people and equip them with the necessary tools for future success.

As a result of our positive working environment, we are a highly engaged and motivated team. This in turn means that our clients are looked after by attorneys who are enthusiastic, know their clients’ businesses and provide exceptional levels of service. We are proud to remain a constant, even as everything around us is changing.

As a founding member of the South West IP Inclusive Group, inclusivity in our profession is an important part of my focus. I will continue to build an inclusive workplace to ensure that every single person feels they can express their opinion and knows that their voice will be heard.

We have a proven track record in delivering innovative alternatives to more conventional approaches to IP. Bespoke IP services are at the very heart of the firm’s philosophy. We always tailor our services to suit our clients’ needs, and recognise that a “one size fits all” approach is never appropriate when it comes to protecting intellectual property. I want to continue to place an emphasis on this approach: we are committed to finding the right solution for our clients, and recognise that this will vary from client to client.

With offices in Munich and Paris, we have expanded our European offering over the past decade and are now one of the leading IP firms in Europe. During my time as Chair, I am looking forward to further developing our European IP services. We are proud to be working together as a single, united firm to offer a comprehensive service across the EU and the UK.

An exciting time awaits us and I am looking forward to serving as Chair.