Curtis wins rare CC management election

Clifford Chance has announced that London finance partner Steve Curtis has been appointed to the firm’s partnership council.

As first revealed in The Lawyer (18 December) last month, Clifford Chance London partners voted in a rare contested election for a place on the firm’s partnership council.

The position became vacant, following finance partner David Bickerton’s appointment as London head of capital markets last year.

Competition partner Oliver Bretz, finance partner Steve Curtis and litigation partner Michael Smyth all fought for a place on the council, which acts as a supervisory board and is chaired by senior partner Stuart Popham.

The partnership council election followed last month’s re-election of David Pearson as London corporate practice head for a further four-year tenure.

Pearson’s election follows the recent trend at Clifford Chance, where virtually all of the management elections in the past three months have gone uncontested to the incumbent.