Blake Dawson Waldron is preparing for a management reshuffle.
John Colvin, the firm's chief executive officer (CEO), is currently on sabbatical and the search for a successor is underway. A spokesperson for the firm said that succession planning has been underway for a while. It is understood that the board is aiming to make a decision during the next few months. The spokesperson refused to disclose which partners were in the running for the job, but revealed that the plan was for the selected person to be in place by the beginning of the next financial year. Blakes boasts more than 180 partners across nine offices and is one of only three Australian firms to have a base in London. A Business Review Weekly survey placed the firm sixth in Australia by turnover, bringing in A$260m (£92m) for the financial year 2000-2001. This 8 per cent increase on the previous year's figures was modest compared with that of the top four firms.