David Bickerton has been re-elected as Clifford Chance London managing partner after running unopposed.
This marks Bickerton’s second term as City chief after he was formerly voted in last week by over 50 per cent of the partnership.
Despite having no challengers for the title the firm’s consitution requires partners to vote electronically for the new leader (22 November 2013).
Partners were told that he would be running uncontested at the beginning of the month, immediately followed by the opening of an online vote.
Bickerton first took up the reins in 2009 when he faced off against London finance head Mark Stewart. Before winning the top job Bickerton headed up London’s capital markets team, taking over management of the merged equity and debt capital markets teams in January 2007 (14 October 2009).
London continues to be a hub for Clifford Chance, which posted slight drops in revenue and average PEP last year taking it to a turnover of £1.271bn. The firm’s UK revenue represents 35 per cent of the overall business.
Bickerton has overseen the trialling of efficiency measures across several London practice areas in the last year, using resource managers to take over the allocation of associates to ensure the firm was making the best use of its fee earners.
The partner joined the firm in 1987 and became a partner in 1997. He will now be London managing partner for another four years.