Leadership battle commences at Pinsent Masons

After 16 years with no contested leadership election at Pinsent Masons the firm confirmed yesterday that incumbent senior partner Chris Mullen is being challenged by head of construction Richard Foley for the four-year term as senior partner beginning next month.

It’s the first of two elections at the firm this year. The role of managing partner, which has been occupied by David Ryan since 1998, is also expected to be up for grabs in the autumn.

The deferral of elections in 2012 during the McGrigors merger is thought to have been a final attempt by Mullen and Ryan to delay the inevitable, but if internal sources are correct the appetite for change at Pinsents is now so great the incumbents have a persuasion job on their hands.

Still, Pinsents is not the only firm to be stirring its management teams. Addleshaw Goddard has refreshed its board following the election of managing partner John Joyce while Osborne Clarke is preparing for an autumn vote as managing partner Simon Beswick’s third and final term in the position comes to a close.

Will partners be voting for a fresh approach or the status quo?

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