Eversheds head of international Alan Jenkins is set to take on the role of chairman along with his present duties after Keith James’s decision to step down at the end of the financial year.
In contrast to last year’s elections for managing partner, Jenkins stood uncontested for the role after his was the only name put forward for the position.
Jenkins, a London-based litigator and arbitrator, will continue as the firm’s international head, a position he has held since 2002.
It is thought that Jenkins will be more outward-facing in the role compared with James who, along with former managing partner David Ansbro, was much more focused on internal integration throughout the country. Jenkins has overseen the launch of offices in Shanghai and Qatar, as well as negotiating deals with associated offices in Spain, Italy and South East Asia.
James held the post for nine years, but is now retiring from the firm.