Day-break at SJB

And so the least surprising election result since Kim Jong-Il secured an unprecedented 27th term is now in. And, as expected, Rob Day is the new man at the helm of the good ship SJ Berwin (see story).

That said, Day saw off a tougher than expected fight from his corporate comrade Perry Yam, with internal sources suggesting he triumphed by just a handful of votes.

Now the firm can turn its attention back to the most tortuous merger process since Peppe Garibaldi got out a map of Italy and started rubbing out all the thick lines.

Day, who has some experience in the hot seat after being parachuted in while Ralph Cohen was on sabbatical last year, will be hoping that talks with Proskauer get resolved one way or another pretty soon. Otherwise the protracted dance of love might lapse into an embarrassing second year.

If the engagement goes on much longer the firm could be in danger of becoming the law’s answer to Kate Middleton. And no one wants that, right?

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In The Lawyer on Monday: Why Linklaters should be frightened of Freshfields; what Simmons is doing to improve its female partner stats; and how public sector lawyers are reacting to George Osborne’s Comprehensive Spending Review.  Plus: our exclusive report on diversity accross the top 30 UK firms.

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Also on TheLawyer.com: BPP to train even more job-seekers; two heads better than one for CC’s antitrust team; and why Willie the Wizard loves Blackstone Chambers.

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