Herbies new senior partner: a two-man race between Sydney and London

By the time you read this, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) will have a new senior partner.

The vote for senior partner, which closed at noon today, saw a four-man race reduced to just two, after London head of litigation Tim Parkes and Moscow-based EMEA managing partner Allen Hanen dropped out.

This is the second time Parkes and Hanen have missed out on the top spot, as both men tried for the senior partner spot against Jonathan Scott in the last elections.

The last two in the race were legacy Herbert Smith veteran James Palmer or legacy Freehills’ man Mark Crean.

Palmer is well known in London and Europe and has worked in the firm’s corporate department since 1986; whereas Crean was chair of legacy Freehills prior to the 2012 merger which brought the firms together, and has been deputy senior partner of HSF since then.

The new senior partner will take up the role in January 2015 after a handover period, and will work alongside the firm’s chief executives Sonya Leydecker and Mark Rigotti, who were elected in 2013.

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