After the most protracted election in recent law firm history, finance partner Stuart Popham was elected as Clifford Chance senior partner on Friday 4 October
Popham beat arbitration partner John Beechey to the post in the final round. Popham was seen as the favourite from the early stages, although his progress was initially hindered by the fact that two other finance partners - Michael Bray and Richard Pettit - also stood for the post, meaning the banking vote was essentially split. Popham's election means that the post for global head of finance now falls vacant. All practice area leader and regional managing partner posts will be voted on in the coming weeks. Many of the roles are likely to be hotly contested. The elections form part of a shake-up in corporate governance, led by managing partner Peter Cornell, with almost all management roles up for grabs.