Frontrunners emerge for Clyde & Co senior partner role

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  • Several people have wanted this job for a while. Will the losers stay or fracture off ?

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  • In many ways the hardest act to follow given the relative success of Clydes and the distinctive culture (which doesn't appeal to all of course but one would hope is bought into by the current partnership). Arguably Clydes will face some of its toughest challenges to come given the margin pressure on insurance work, threat from volume players particularly for its out of London operations which are now significant, and the limitations that come from a relatively highly geared balance sheet. Whoever succeeds will need to be strategically minded and capable of working closely with Peter Hasson - who has the right business skills and spots when others are lacking the same.

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  • This is a genuinely difficult situation for Clydes. How do you replace a leader of Payton's stature? Burns is a nice bloke but he does not have sufficient charisma or leadership experience to run the firm, and Hasson has even less. The thought of those two after Payton is like waiting for Val Doonican to follow Beyonce. It may hurt them to face it but Clydes only has one person available with the requisite charisma: Konsta. It's Konsta's to lose.

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  • The best option for Clydes right now would be a 'merger' with the likes of DLA or Norton Rose. This would provide them with a management team that really understood what is needed to run a large international law firm and to get beyond static profitability. There is no one in the management team at Clydes who is able to deliver this.

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  • As usual the legal press have been completely duped. The senior partner position is meaningless in a firm where absolute executive power is in the hands of Hassan. It really doesn't matter who is senior partner: they will have to do their Master's bidding! Don't be fooled that Payton ever stood up to him. It is a complete irrelevance.

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  • Whoever comes in as senior partner needs to have a complete clean sweep of the management. Hassan and his hoardes of support staff are killing the firm's profits.

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  • One person who no one seems to speak of as a potential senior partner but who would be ideal for the role and the people's favourite is Kevin Bitmead. He knows the London market inside out and is a brilliant speaker.

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  • At last a comment with some common sense thinking behind it. Konsta/Kosta may have the SP form albeit with an outcome not universally respected but Bitmead is no bit player. He is well respected across the market for his ability to angle service to what clients are really looking for. He fillets out the unncessary work that inflates bills and creates a rod for most firm's backs. The net result is someone who has a line into where Clydes should be casting its future and a dab hand at reeling in the prize client catches. Many will be awiting his candidature with baited breath.

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  • What a good idea. At a time when Clydes' business model in the UK is shifting more towards lower priced / higher volume claims now accessible through Manchester and Oxford, what better than to have a seasoned practitioner at the helm in the form of Kevin Bitmead. It may also help stem the flow of former BLG partners once the lock-ins have ended.

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  • Although most commentators are carping on about Konsta's suitability he could flounder when it comes to gaining support from legacy grouper Clydes partners despite having sat on the BLG perch. There's def a plaice for Bitmead now that Clydes are fishing in provincial waters.

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