Eversheds is battling to come up with an offer that will keep former managing partner candidate Adrian Bland at the firm. Bland, who is currently Birmingham senior partner, is understood to be in talks with management about his future with Eversheds. His move to a competitor would be a serious loss to the firm. Bland stood for the Eversheds managing partner role last year, but then pulled out of the race to support Michael Brown. Winning candidate David Gray is now understood to be on good terms with Brown, but a question mark has been hanging over Bland since the election. Bland's role as a regional senior partner is also an anachronism that has been abandoned elsewhere in the firm. As a property lawyer, one possibility for him is a senior role in London, where Eversheds is keen to raise its property profile. Negotiations are understood to be ongoing.