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HSF regional managing partner to step down

In an email to all staff, the Herbert Smith Freehills regional managing partner and executive partner for Asia and Australia has announced that he will step away from his roles in May of next year.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 20 October 2022 Big Law
HSF regional managing partner to step down
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The email, sent earlier on Thursday, 20 October, noted that Andrew Pike (pictured) has “made the difficult decision” to step down from his leadership positions from 1 May 2023.

He will, however, “in no way” be stepping away from HSF itself.

“From May next year, I will move to a part-time position focused on driving our vision and strategy alongside our executive. There is much work to do, and I am excited that I will remain closely connected to our firm,” he said.


Mr Pike’s said that his family is “really important to [him]”, and it is for them that he has made this decision.

“I came to fatherhood later in life, and I want to make a real go of it. My girls and are reaching that age where I feel (and hopefully they agree) that they can have the best possible support and guidance from a dad who is more present and available,” he wrote.

“My hope is that I will have a little more time and headspace to be there for them, lift more of the household load and, together with my wife, spend more quality time as a family.”

It has been a real privilege, Mr Pike continued, to lead the Australian arm of the global law firm over the past six years as regional managing partner.

“I am grateful for the role you play to make us a leader in everything we do, and I am energised by contributing to the ongoing success of our firm through Ambition 2025 — and beyond,” he noted.

“After more than three decades, this firm is my ‘second family’, and I have many lasting and dear connections that I look forward to continuing.”

Mr Pike will “remain firmly” in his role until May of next year and added that he looks forward to supporting his eventual successor.