Allen & Overy reappoints senior and managing partners

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) senior and managing partners will each serve another term in their respective roles following uncontested elections.


David Morley
David Morley

Senior partner David Morley and managing partner Wim Dejonghe were both handed another term today. No vote took place as Morley and Dejonghe were the only candidates to put themselves forward for the jobs. Both will begin their new four-year terms on 1 May.

It will be both partners’ second term in office, with both being first appointed in 2008 (27 February 2008). It will also be their final terms, as A&O doesn’t allow partners to stand for a third term.

Wim Dejonghe
Wim Dejonghe

A&O’s board appointed partners Boyan Wells, Cathy Bell-Walker and Helge Schaefer to oversee the election, although the process itself was carried out by Electoral Reform Services (ERS) and partners wishing to stand sent their nominations to the independent body.

As there were no challengers to Morley or Dejonghe partners were not asked to vote on the elections.

In a statement, Morley said: “Current market conditions remain challenging for our business and our clients, but Wim and I and our fellow partners have outlined a clear strategy for our business and our people to ensure Allen & Overy continues to thrive.

“Having started life as a trainee at A&O, I consider it a great honour to work as senior partner and I’m grateful to my fellow partners for the chance to serve them and our people across the globe for another term.”