In the running are head of corporate David Collins and head of employment Lisa Mayhew, both of whom surfaced among the early contenders last month.
Details of their election manifestos have been a closely guarded secret but early indications are that the finance team is backing Collins while Chris de Pury’s real estate team champions Mayhew.
Mayhew’s rise at BLP has been meteoric. She was hired in 2010 from Jones Day, and only became head of employment a year ago following the departure of Fraser Younson for legacy Squire Sanders.
With Collins arguably the more obvious candidate, some suggest electing Mayhew could be viewed as a vote for change. But with outgoing managing partner Neville Eisenberg thought to be eyeing the senior partner role, the status quo is not looking too threatened.
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