Last Friday (6 April) The Daily Telegraph printed what was tantamount to the world’s longest job application.
In a story that confirmed Allen & Overy (A&O) senior partner Guy Beringer would leave the magic circle firm when he steps down next April, the top man went on to hint at the types of roles he might fancy once he quits Spitalfields for good.
The news is no great surprise. Like Anthony Salz at Freshfields and Tony Angel at Linklaters before him, once you’ve had the top job you tend to look for challenges elsewhere.
The story primarily serves as a reminder that, since the move last October by A&O partners who voted to extend managing partner David Morley’s tenure by another year to 2008 (The Lawyer, 2 October 2006), the market will now have two elections to look forward to instead of one. But one of those elections is virtually a foregone conclusion.
As one source said: “Morley’s a better bet to be senior partner than Gordon Brown is to be Prime Minister.”
Which just leaves Morley’s current role up for grabs.
Roll on April.