Honorary UWE doctorate for long-serving TLT managing partner

July 24, 2019

Bristol-headquartered national law firm TLT’s managing partner David Pester has received an honorary doctorate from the University of the West of England (UWE) in recognition of his services to leadership in business and the future of the legal profession.

The Doctor of Business Administration was conferred at the Faculty of Business and Law’s awards ceremony at Bristol Cathedral last Friday. 

David, pictured, has been managing partner of TLT since 2002 and is currently serving his sixth term in the role. He will lead the firm until at least next year, making him one of the longest-serving managing partners in the UK legal sector.

Under his leadership, TLT has grown rapidly from its Bristol roots to become a 1,000-strong, seven-site, multi-jurisdictional legal business working with major institutions, high-growth businesses and well-known brands on their strategic and day-to-day legal needs.

Last week it reported a 6.8% increase in revenue to £87.6m for the 2018/19 financial year and said it expects the figure to pass £100m “during the next phase of its development”.

David said: “It’s a real honour to receive this award from UWE – a university helping to drive innovation in Bristol through its Business & Law School and its unique entrepreneurial community and University Enterprise Zone.

“Bristol is a thriving city full of great businesses and TLT is a product of that environment – a firm full of bright people expert in what they do and with the ambition to really bring value to the firm and the wider city within which we operate.

David is also a board member of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), elected council member of the South West CBI and chairs award-winning Bristol-based animation studio Aardman’s Employee Ownership Trust, which was set up last year.

He was recently made a member of the Law Management Section Committee of the Law Society of England & Wales, is a governor of Bristol Grammar School and was a governor of Bath Spa University until last year.

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