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CMS Cameron McKenna senior partner Bill Shelford has announced he is retiring at the end of April
The firm is holding elections for a new senior partner before the end of April. Shelford was senior partner at Cameron Markby Hewitt before it merged with McKenna & Co in 1997. He then moved over to become senior partner of the merged firm. Shelford has been a partner at the firm for 30 years and senior partner for 11. He will remain as a consultant to the firm when he retires. Shelford said: "My years as senior partner at the firm have been made so interesting because they've been so full of change. I'm delighted that I shall remain as a consultant to CMS Cameron McKenna, which continues to grow from strength to strength." Camerons managing partner Dick Tyler said: "Bill's contribution to the firm is enormous. He is much admired and highly regarded as a colleague and a friend." The announcement comes amid speculation that Camerons may shake up its management structure. According to a senior source close to the firm, there has been a feeling within the partnership for some time that two senior managers could work better than three. Camerons chief executive Robert Derry-Evans refused to comment on the possible paring down of the Camerons management, or on whether he would be standing for election as senior partner. According to sources, property partner Nick Brown and corporate partner Sean Watson are also likely to be viewed as natural successors to Shelford.