Linklaters is taking its firmwide managing partner election to its annual partnership conference after incumbent Simon Davies failed to obtain enough votes for re-election.
Davies has not received the 75 per cent of the vote required for re-election to the global chief position, despite being the only candidate standing (12 January 2012).
The opposition is understood to be related to the wholesale restructuring of the partnership, in which a sizeable proportion of partners have been asked to leave (8 December 2011). Even partners with a high level of seniority have not been immune to the cull (16 January 2012).
One source claimed there had been an attempt to oust Davies, despite the fact that no one stood against him.
The managing partner is appointed by the international board, which is chaired by senior partner Robert Elliott.
The international board consults partners to sound them out on potential candidates, but it is understood that no names emerged as contenders to Davies. Partners are then invited to vote in a poll to confirm the choice in an electronic vote.
This vote is understood to have opened just before Christmas, but has not produced the requisite 75 per cent majority for Davies. The result was initially expected to be announced this month.
A spokesperson for Linklaters said: “We’re still in the process of implementing our firmwide managing partner appointment, which is expected to be completed at the firm’s annual partners’ meeting in April. We don’t comment on internal partnership processes until they’re complete and we have something to announce.”