Guy Norman makes bid for Clifford Chance top job

The temperature has fallen, the tracksuits pressed and the countdown has started. That’s right, the race to replace Clifford Chance’s outgoing corporate chief has begun (what else?).

The first to don his bobsleigh shoes – if only metaphorically – is Guy Norman, who has sent an email to partners expressing his desire to take over.

Incumbent corporate head Matthew Layton will move into a fresh discipline when he takes over from retiring managing partner David Childs in May. That creates a space for a new corporate chief, with former Middle East partner Norman making a play for the top job along with London head Simon Tinkler.

There’s been a fair amount of jostling around the head table at Clifford Chance in recent months. Layton was elected managing partner in November and London chief David Bickerton was re-elected to his post in the same month.

But partners have had to take their eye off internal prize-winning to beat off a professional negligence claim, which is currently in the courts.

Will it be a case of you win some, you lose some at the magic circle HQ?

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