David Morley

Profile

David Morley is an influential global leader with City roots. He is known for his collaborative, personable, imaginative style, and has a track record of innovation and profitable growth.

Chair

Vannin Capital
Litigation Funding

Chair

Elaghmore
Private equity fund

Chair

Allen & Overy Leadership Centre
Preparing next generation of firm's leaders

Founder

David H Morley LLP
Strategy & Leadership Consultancy

Global senior partner

Allen & Overy LLP, 2008-16

Award winning leader

Financial Times & The Times Law 100

David Morley, senior partner at Allen & Overy, exudes youthfulness and enthusiasm — rare traits in an individual who has headed an international law firm for 12 years.

Financial Times

Work with DAVID

David can bring insight and experience on leadership, management, strategy and innovation as:

Consultant / Coach

Organisation chair

Keynote Speaker

Chair for events

Experience

David understands how business can reinvent itself in a rapidly evolving global market.

Winning three successive leadership elections, he led Allen & Overy LLP 2003-16. Key leadership decisions were to make counter-cyclical investments in growth – with the opening of 18 offices world-wide – and to pioneer new business models.

Under his leadership, Allen & Overy LLP saw its revenues double from £652 million in 2004 to £1.31 billion in 2016 and its profits increase by 175 per cent in the same time period, including seven consecutive years of revenue and profit growth post 2008/9 financial crisis.

Negotiating some of the largest financings in the world for banks and major corporates, he also has over 25 years of City transactional and relationship experience at the highest level.

David is now pursuing a range of business interests including strategy & leadership consulting and chairing Elaghmore private equity fund and litigation funder Vannin Capital.

1980: Joined Allen & Overy

1988: partner

2003: GLOBAL MANAGING PARTNER (CEO)

2008-16: GLOBAL SENIOR PARTNER (EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN)

2017 - : CHAIR, ALLEN & OVERY LEADERSHIP CENTRE

2017 - : FOUNDER, DAVID H MORLEY LLP STRATEGY & LEADERSHIP CONSULTING

2017- : CHAIR, ELAGHMORE PRIVATE EQUITY FUND

2018 - : CHAIR, VANNIN CAPITAL

Awards

I do a lot of presenting to law firm partnerships about technology… If you speak to David Morley, he gets it completely, he understands it.

Legal Week

Story

David believes good leaders are open, inclusive and recognise the value of a diverse workforce. He has worked throughout his career to create a level playing field.

He spearheaded Allen & Overy‘s global charity initiatives and led the foundation of Prime, the UK-wide alliance to provide fair access to quality work experience.

David is married to Sue, also a lawyer. They have four children, Emma, Will, Tom & Rachael.

Outside of work, he enjoys an active, outdoor life, participating in cycling challenges around the globe.

Has cycled on five continents

4000

Work experience placements created for young people from less privileged backgrounds

Honorary Visiting Professor in the Practice of Professional Services Management, Cass Business School, City University London

Manchester United fan

Contact David

david@dhmorley.com

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