Chair, Eversheds Sutherland
Pamela Thompson is the Chair of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, a top 10 global law firm with 69 offices in 34 countries, a position she has held since May 2018.
Previously, Pamela was Head of Financial Services and Senior Office Partner for the London office of Eversheds Sutherland. A highly-regarded financial services lawyer with more than 35 years' experience, Pamela is listed in the 'Hall of Fame' by Legal 500 for UK Retail Funds. She is also named as an 'Eminent Practitioner' by Chambers and Partners for UK Investment Funds.
Featured as one of ten innovative individuals in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers awards in 2016, Pamela was influential in developing a new tax-transparent UK fund structure which has helped maintain the competitiveness of the £12bn UK investment fund industry. Eversheds Sutherland won the 'Navigating and Influencing Regulation' award for Pamela's work.
As the first female Chair of Eversheds Sutherland, Pamela is a strong advocate for inclusivity and diversity in the legal industry, with a particular interest in social mobility. In 2019 she led a series of roundtables within the firm in collaboration with the Law Society of England and Wales exploring research it undertook into the position of women in law ('Women In Leadership in Law'). The project aims to provide qualitative evidence about the position of women of law, the challenges to tackling inequality, how to empower women to become changemakers and leaders and to channel the support of male champions for change.
During her term as Chair, Eversheds Sutherland has launched a career development programme for women and a new gender network. Having met its target of 25% of the partnership to be female one year early, the firm is now working to a new target of 30% female partners by 2021.
Throughout her career Pamela has worked closely with asset management industry bodies, particularly the Investment Association. She is currently a Committee Member of the City of London Law Society.
Pamela read History at Oxford University before qualifying as a lawyer.