Aziz Mentor - UK
A seasoned leader, consultant and trusted advisor with insight into the legal profession. As a Senior Partner of Wedlake Bell from 2004-2011 and de facto Chairman of the Board, David steered the firm through the financial crisis of 2007-10 to a sound financial footing. He precipitated the firm’s steady and profitable growth thereafter. Notably, he supported a transformation in the organisation’s culture during his time through an evolution favourable to the 21st century and established a legacy which thrives today.
- personal development of partners
- providing professional services to clients
- maintaining/winning business from existing and new clients
- developing and (if necessary) transforming culture
- managing and developing team performance
- work/life balance
David qualified as a solicitor at Wedlake Bell in 1986.
Prior to his election as Senior Partner in 2004, he experienced various management roles within the firm, including as a member of the Board and head of the Commercial Property team.
Following 7 years as Senior Partner, David then returned to full-time fee-earning until his retirement in 2016.
David has been a Consultant since retiring as a partner in the firm at the end of 2016. Presently, he undertakes very little legal work and enjoys responsibilities that mainly centre around maintaining and developing existing client relationships, general business development and mentoring lawyers within the firm.
He remains a ‘trusted advisor’ to the clients he handed over to other partners upon his retirement and the firm’s management regularly seeks his input on current business issues.
David was a governor of an independent girls’ school in Kent for many years.
Memberships and recognition
- Law Society
- Member of the East India Club
- Recognised as a leading Commercial Property lawyer in various professional guides including Chambers and Super Lawyers
“Various senior partners in WB taught me the importance of treating everyone you meet in business with respect, honesty and courtesy and of ‘doing the right thing’. It has always held me in good stead.
Among clients and contacts, Mike Slade of Helical Bar for the inspirational and successful but ‘light-touch’ way he ran and grown the company.”
“Throughout my time as a partner at WB, I have informally mentored a number of solicitors in the development of their careers either to become a partner within the firm or moving elsewhere.
WB is now instigating a formal mentoring scheme within the firm in which I will be participating.”
South of England