Change at the top can be tricky for any outfit, let alone in a management team that has already seen off one challenge from the ranks.
Addleshaw Goddard’s managing partner Paul Devitt is still more than a year away from the end of his second term, yet growing unrest means a contested election is now in the offing, with former real estate head Adrian Collins and head of business support John Joyce looking like early candidates.
Word is that a spot of strategic lethargy is to blame. It took until 2012 for Addleshaws to make its debut on the international market with an office launch in Singapore. It followed this with an opening in Dubai, before setting up in Qatar and Oman, and, in August last year, forging an association in Hong Kong.
But is that enough? Word has it in London partners are vying for an international merger that would allow it to compete with the likes of Hogan Lovells and others. Outside the capital partners are less keen, wanting instead to focus on building a national base.
Does this split sound familiar? Back in 2011 Addleshaws regional partnership won a power tussle over plans to overhaul the firm’s equity structure.
Are the fault lines widening? Could be.
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