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Hogan Lovells has begun soundings for a single co-chair to replace John Young and Claudette Christian, who have shared the role since the merger between legacy firms Hogan & Hartson and Lovells in May 2010.
Partners have been asked to nominate themselves or other potential candidates for the role of firm chair. The firm’s board is now collating the nominations to come up with a recommendation to put to a partner vote. The firm expects to have the vote by the end of the calendar year, with the new chair taking their post on 1 May.
Young is retiring from the firm at the end of the year (29 November 2011), but it is not clear if Christian intends to stand again.
When Hogan Lovells’ legacy firms first discussed the merger it was agreed that the firm would, at some point, move to a single chair. Likewise, the notion of a single chief executive officer was discussed. Currently David Harris and Warren Gorrell, whose terms finish at the end of 2014, share the role. No concrete decision has been made in that respect.
Since merging in 2010, Hogan Lovells has operated with a mixture of single and shared practice heads. The corporate department, which is said to be larger in terms of revenue that the whole of legacy firm Lovells, leadership is shared between partners Andrew Skipper (London) and Stuart Stein (Washington DC). Other practices, like intellectual property and government regulatory, which were disproportionately large on the UK and US side of the firm, respectively, are run by single partners.