Clifford Chance seeks successor to senior partner Popham

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  • "Clifford Chance will now form a three-partner nomination committee". As in, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan?

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  • Stuart Popham will clearly be a big loss for the firm - his contacts are excellent and his presence on committees and City shindigs makes sure the firm's name gets mentioned in all the right places. But his political movements never really sat too comfortably with his role in the firm. Where will he go next? Job with the tory party?

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  • Does he need to go anywhere? A few juicy consultancy contracts and non-exec roles should keep him pretty happy for a while.
    The interesting thing is, having seen the SP role change in Popham's hands, will it do so again with someone new?

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  • The MC don't really need senior partners anymore. When the firms were real partnerships and not faceless factories the senior partner's role was to mediate between the partners, but nowadays it's just about how many lunches and dinners you can say you've done. I'd like to see some data on how much fee-earning these guys do.

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  • ex MC cynic, they're not supposed to be doing fee earning. That's very much the point of the job - to gladhand people and drum up business for the firm, while also being a sounding board for partners. You wouldn't expect to see Popham leading on a deal would you? That's not his job anymore

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  • It would be fantastic to see Paris managing partner Yves Wehrli in this new role and make CC less London centric. And Yves is a great guy and well loved by his colleagues in the Paris Office- You should have seen the send off party he had when he went on sabbatical in 2007.

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  • A sad day for CC when Popham goes. One of the few gentlemen left in the city.

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