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Slaughter and May has elected disputes head Richard Clark as its new executive partner from 1 May next year, replacing incumbent Graham White.
Partners have voted Clark in for a four-year term after White announced his intention to retire from the firm at the end of April 2013 (11 May 2012).
Deborah Finkler will take over as head of the disputes practice on 1 May following the change, becoming the firm’s fourth female practice head alongside corporate chief Frances Murphy, financial regulation partner Ruth Fox and tax head Sara Luder.
The executive partner is responsible for the firm’s people, finance, systems and compliance issues and works closely with senior partner Chris Saul and practice partner Paul Olney, both of whom will continue in their roles until 30 April 2016. Clark’s term will end on 30 April 2017.
Clark joined Slaughters in 1982 as a trainee and made partner in 1991, focusing on litigation and arbitration. The firm said he would continue in his relationship role for his clients.
Finkler, one of The Lawyer’s Hot 100 in 2012, joined the firm as an associate in 1986 and became a partner in 1991, specialising in litigation for banks and financial institutions, especially in the context of insolvencies, as well as investigations and inquiries in the financial services sector.
She led for Linklaters last year in defence of a £115m professional negligence claim from Credit Suisse and a related case brought by the rival firm against former Italian alliance partner Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners (20 October 2011).
For an interview with Richard Clark from 2010, click here