No doubt there have been celebrations at Osborne Clarke over the past month – what with the firm opening in Amsterdam, its 18th office, average profit per equity partner soaring by 46 per cent to record highs, and every staff member pocketing an extra 2 per cent bonus.
But, it’s not all been champers and sunshine. In the background, management has been gearing up for autumn elections, as Simon Beswick – the man who has overseen the firm’s growth over the past 12 years – comes to the end of his third and final term as UK managing partner in December.
Beswick will hold onto the role of international CEO for at least another year. But it poses the question, what would OC look like without Beswick at the helm? And who is best placed to take over the firm’s key UK managing partner role?
It’s thought that a number of likely candidates have already emerged from across all three of OC’s UK offices. When the victor is unveiled in November, could it spell a new era for Osborne Clarke?
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- Financial results continue to pour in, with Scottish firm Shepherd & Wedderburn posting a turnover rise of 7 per cent to £38.3m
- Allen & Overy is to open a small base in Toronto after the Canadian-qualified founder of its Casablanca office returns home
- Scottish firms Thorntons, Murray Donald and Steel Eldridge Sterwart are to merge later this year to create the largest law firm in eastern Scotland
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