Jones Day partner among Paris bar candidates

Elections for the Paris bar council kick off today, with lawyers including a Jones Day partner in the running for the position of chairman.

Jones Day litigation partner Laurent Martinet has teamed up with Pierre-Olivier Sur, a partner at Fischer Tandeau de Marsac Sur & Associés, to stand for the position of bâtonnier, or chair, of the Paris bar.

The duo are one of three pairs of lawyers standing for chair in this year’s elections. Jean-Bernard Thomas and Caroline Toby and Frédéric Sicard and Sabine du Granrut, all partners in Paris boutiques, are also standing. Sole practitioner and Paris bar council member Jean-Louis Bessis is standing alone.

Martinet and Sur are standing on a platform of repositioning the bar council and making it more relevant and open to all its members. They also want to better support young lawyers and guarantee equality between men and women within the profession.

A total of 32 lawyers are also standing for council positions, including Taylor Wessing partner and former bar council chair Paul-Albert Iweins, Field Fisher Waterhouse partner Louis-Bernard Buchman, Gide Loyrette Nouel partner Aurélien Boulanger and Winston & Strawn partner Gilles Bigot.

Linklaters associate Delphine Pujos and former Clifford Chance associate Avi Bitton are also in the running.

Paris lawyers will vote electronically today, with a second round on Thursday.