Travers Smith managing partner Chris Carroll must be awfully sure of re-election come January. Now that his second term as managing partner is drawing to a close Carroll must face a partnership vote if he is to continue leading the firm for another three years.
According to Travers partners, it is possible that it will be a contested election, although possible nominees had better hurry to make their intentions known, given that voting will take place in the next two weeks.
Understandably, Carroll has had no hand in organising the election and so claims to be unaware of any rival.
But the biggest clue to the probable outcome is the fact that Carroll feels confident enough to take a month's round-the-world jaunt after Christmas. Most of the time will be spent holidaying, but he is also dropping by Indian firms to cultivate referral relationships - hardly a job for a mere partner.