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Clifford Chance has delayed the appointment of a global litigation head to replace Mark Kirsch as it seeks to redefine the role.
New York-based Kirsch left the firm for Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in May this year. The magic circle firm has not yet replaced him as it debates what responsibilities the role should entail.
Clifford Chance London litigation head Nick Munday said: “Litigation’s far more jurisdictional than other practice groups, so a global leadership position could be very different. We need to decide exactly what that role will involve before we make any decisions.”
Until now the job has involved representing the litigation group at management meetings. One idea is to give whoever takes on the position greater strategic responsibility for recruitment and secondments on a global scale.
“There’s an internal debate about exactly what we need this job to be. It could of course be decided that we need more than one person to fill this role,” Munday said.
Clifford Chance’s litigation team has traditionally had a number of regional heads as well as a global head.