BLP set for managing partner vote next week: Collins and Mayhew in the running

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) partners are on the last leg of the firm’s managing partner election this week, with a vote scheduled for Tuesday.

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.

However, BLP has form for elevating laterals to top jobs. Chairman Robert MacGregor joined the firm from Clifford Chance just over a decade ago and replaced Peter Robinson as chairman in 2013.

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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