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Maitland Chambers has begun the hunt for a new chief executive four months after former incumbent Peter Bennett announced his departure for Bates Wells & Braithwaite.
But Maitland is not certain to hire a replacement for Bennett, leaving its options open if it cannot find the right candidate.
Senior clerk Andy Flanagan told The Lawyer: "We want to ensure that whatever decision we make is the right one for us. If we felt that the right person wasn't out there, we'd rethink our position."
He said Maitland had delayed its search for a new chief executive in order to consider the way it managed the chambers.
"We just wanted to have a think about what we wanted, what we felt would be of benefit to chambers in the short to medium term," Flanagan explained.
He said if a new chief executive was not found, Maitland was likely to re-evaluate the way it used its clerks. Since Bennett's departure Flanagan has been handling many of the responsibilities formerly overseen by the chief executive.
"Senior clerks are quite a proactive bunch," he said.