Liverpool and Manchester commercial law firm Bermans has selected Jon Davage to become its first ever managing director.
A corporate solicitor in the North West for over 20 years, Jon joined Bermans in January 2012 from Manchester commercial firm, LLM, and has been instrumental in driving the expansion of Bermans in Manchester into a full commercial and corporate offering. Prior to LLM, he worked for Turner Parkinson, now part of Knights plc.
The appointment follows the announcement last September that the MAPD Group had taken a majority stake in Bermans.
Wirral-based MAPD Group, whose name stands for Making A Positive Difference is owned by Brian Cullen and Joanna Kingston-Davies – respectively CEO and COO. The purpose behind MAPD is to power the growth of like-minded law firms by creating an environment for its people, clients, and the communities within which it operates to have the best possible experience and to make a positive difference.
Bermans intends to invest in its growth over the coming years, with an emphasis on developing its people, enhancing the client experience, and strengthening operations.
Jon will maintain his role as head of corporate law and will remain involved in corporate transactions. However, he will take overall responsibility for driving the firm’s growth, working closely with partners, Fergal O’Cleirigh and Phil Farrelly, and Brian Cullen and Joanna Kingston-Davies, who form the Bermans board.
Speaking of his appointment, Jon Davage says: “I am delighted and extremely proud to lead the next stage of Bermans’ evolution. I do so with the backing of a hugely engaged board and highly talented individuals across the business.”
Joanna Kingston-Davies, COO of MAPD says: “The Bermans business is on an exciting journey, and MAPD is fully committed to being part of helping it, its people and clients succeed. We are looking forward to working with Jon, Fergal, Phil and colleagues across the firm to power its future growth in Manchester and Liverpool.”