Addleshaws fires election starting gun

Two of the runners and riders in the race for one of the top jobs in the legal market, the managing partner of Addleshaw Goddard, have been confirmed.

As we first revealed back in February, former real estate division head Adrian Collins and head of business support and restructuring John Joyce have both thrown their hats in as challengers to replace incumbent Paul Devitt in the firm’s forthcoming managing partner election.

Addleshaws partners are bracing themselves for a contested election, due to close in mid-May, after Devitt steps down on 30 April more than a year before his current, and second, term ends. Devitt was first appointed as managing partner in 2009 and began his second term in January 2012 after an uncontested election.

There is unlikely to be such a smooth transition this year, with a certainty of two challengers and possibly more waiting in the wings. Factions are said to be forming internally over perceived weaknesses in Addleshaws’ leadership and the on going absence of a significant merger.

The new man – or woman – will have a job to do.

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