Clifford Chance’s Layton and Norman: partners are backing us on the tough choices

There’s been a round of management musical chairs at Clifford Chance in recent months with new head Matthew Layton overhauling the firm’s leadership.

Two months in and Layton has torn up the firm’s constitution, scrapped leadership elections and replaced the management committee with a new-look management board.

In today’s leadership interview Layton and new corporate chief Guy Norman defend their changes and say the firm’s partnership is backing them all the way. 

The new leader and his replacement as corporate head present a good unified message – after all they have worked together for over a decade and produced the firm’s corporate strategy plan together.

Now it’s time to put that plan into action with a host of new top dogs. The music has stopped and Jonny Myers is sitting in the private-equity co-head seat, Mark Poulton is new London corporate head and Mark Campbell no longer finance chief.

Armed with a leaner leadership model and the aim of being the world’s top M&A firm by 2020, these partners will be busy.

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