Our team: Sunil Sheth
Sheth becomes the first BAME Senior Partner at a top 100 UK law firm
31 March 2021 – Fladgate is pleased to announce the appointment of Sunil Sheth as the firm’s new Senior Partner, effective from 1 April 2021. Sunil replaces Richard Reuben, who will remain with Fladgate as a Partner in the firm’s real estate practice. Sheth becomes the first BAME Senior Partner at a top 100 UK law firm.
Sunil will become Senior Partner at a time when the firm is implementing a series of strategic objectives around: diversifying its products and service offering; digital transformation; market focus; and recruitment as part of its ambitious three-year strategy. Supporting all of this is an ongoing change programme looking to further embed the firm’s culture and values and build diverse teams.
Sunil joined the firm in 2003 and is currently a Partner in the firm’s corporate practice. He co-heads Fladgate’s India team which has established a market reputation as leading advisors to Indian companies and promoters and high net worth individuals. He also has significant experience in advising entrepreneurs on international tax and estate planning matters as well as wealth management and private funds.
Sunil was Fladgate’s diversity and inclusion Partner for four years and was a founder and former chairman of the Society of Asian Lawyers in the UK. Working with David Rowe (COO) and Grant Gordon (Executive Partner) his objective is to deliver a workplace that champions a personal, friendly, collaborative, entrepreneurial and smart working environment.
Sunil is passionate about leveraging resources and influence to meet the needs of vulnerable people and has led major philanthropic efforts to do so. He has chaired the disability rights charity Sense International since 2011 and been a trustee since 2004. He is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of Anti-Slavery International, established in 1839 and considered to be the oldest human rights organisation in the world. Sunil has also been a trustee of One World Media and of Victim Support, where he acted as Vice Chair from 2007-2010.
Commenting on his appointment, Sunil Sheth, said: “I am honoured to have been elected by my peers to lead Fladgate at this critical point in the firm’s history. Looking forward, my priority is also to ensure that we continue to embed a culture that celebrates diversity of thought in all that we do and deliver on our vision and values programme across the firm.”
Commenting on Sunil Sheth’s appointment, Grant Gordon, said: “We are delighted to announce Sunil’s appointment as Fladgate’s new Senior Partner. Sunil’s wealth of expertise, and a strong track record on people and culture, is widely respected across the firm and will be invaluable as we implement our three year strategy of providing a personal, agile and enterprising service to our client base of fast growing businesses and ultra high net worth individuals.”
Commenting on his time as Senior Partner, Richard Reuben, said: “It has been an absolute privilege to lead Fladgate over the past three years, and I am delighted to pass the Senior Partner baton to Sunil. As a long-standing Partner of the firm, Sunil brings a great blend of experience and commitment to the role, and I am confident that under his leadership, the firm will continue to go from strength to strength.”