1 July 2024

Venner Shipley appoints new Managing Partner

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Siân Gill as our new Managing Partner from 1 July 2024.

Siân takes over from Pawel Piotrowicz. Pawel notes: “I am very happy to hand over to Siân. She brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership skills as a longstanding member of the firm’s Management Committee. Siân will be responsible for continuing to drive the firm’s strategy, managing client relations, and overseeing day-to-day operations, ensuring that we continue to deliver exceptional value and service to our clients and referrers worldwide. Her leadership and expertise will be invaluable as we continue to grow and evolve in an ever-changing market.”

In response to the appointment, Siân commented, “I would like to thank Pawel for his leadership and service as Managing Partner. It is a privilege to take over from him and to continue advancing the firm’s success. I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead and am honoured and grateful that the partnership has placed its trust in me. Venner Shipley is a great firm full of fantastic people, and I am particularly excited to welcome six new partners to the partnership from today and congratulate our newly promoted Patent Director and Senior Associates.”

Siân has been an active member of the partnership since joining it in 2003. She headed up the Chemical and Life Sciences team for nearly 10 years and has been instrumental in driving growth of the team through the hiring of experienced attorneys and training new graduates, and by devising and implementing ambitious and dynamic business plans. In addition to being the co-lead Client Relationship Partner for one of the firm’s key clients, Siân regularly delivers presentations on a variety of topics including the developing caselaw around Plausibility at the EPO and in the national courts around Europe and is an active member of a number of biotech organisations.

Siân is passionate about Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and is a member of the Senior Leaders’ Think Tank of IP Inclusive and a member of Venner Shipley’s EDI forum, taking the lead in getting buy-in for EDI initiatives from the Partnership. Siân is also a member of the firm’s ESG Committee.