Law firms Pinsent Masons and McGrigors, who are set to merge on May 1, have revealed details of the management structure of the new business.

A new board will decide on the major strategic and policy-making decisions of the firm.

It comprises senior partner Chris Mullen, managing partner David Ryan, finance director Steve Hancock, head of client operations Richard Masters and head of client strategy Alastair Morrison.

The firm will also have a non-exec board consisting of two partners each from McGrigors and Pinsent Masons. Kirk Murdoch, senior partner at McGrigors will take one of those roles.

Pinsent Masons has a large Birmingham office and also operates across the UK and internationally, while McGrigors has offices in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Aberdeen, Manchester, Qatar and the Falkland Islands.

The combined firm, which will operate worldwide under the name and brand of Pinsent Masons, will employ over 2,500 people in total including over 1,500 lawyers, 500 of whom will be based in Pinsent Masons' international headquarters in the City of London.

Mr Mullen, senior partner at Pinsent Masons said, "The new board structure gives us a strong and highly experienced management team to lead the growth of our business in the coming years."

Mr Masters, current managing partner of McGrigors said, "I am pleased to be taking on the role of head of client operations in the combined business.

“Our clients often speak to us about providing our services in new and different ways, and in this role I will be responsible for innovation in the way the combined business delivers services to clients both in terms of operational efficiency and pricing strategies.

“The composition of the board shows that clients will continue to be at the heart of the new firm."