The race to become Clifford Chance's next senior partner is set to enter a second round after both Michael Bray and John East were knocked out of the race
The remaining candidates - Stuart Popham, head of global finance, John Beechey, head of the international commercial arbitration group (both based in London) and Thomas Gasteyer, corporate partner and deputy chairman (based in Frankfurt) - will now face another week of voting. The first candidate to secure 50 per cent of the votes will win the coveted senior partner post. Clifford Chance's partners were informed on Friday (20 September) that Bray, the former chief executive at the firm, and East, head of the partnership selection group, were out of the running. Richard Pettit, finance partner at the firm, was knocked out two weeks ago. Insiders blame the prolonged voting period on the large contingent of the candidates hailing from finance, resulting in a split vote. Popham is the only finance partner left in the race. Meanwhile, partners at the firm are gearing up to vote on the new regional managing partners. The Lawyer understands that London managing partner Peter Charlton has decided to stand again, although it is not yet known if Jim Baird will continue his role as the managing partner for Asia. Also potentially up for grabs is the US managing partner position, currently held by Jim Benedict who is also global head of litigation.