Herbert Smith senior partner David Gold is preparing to amend the firm’s constitution following the appointment of David Willis as its first managing partner (TheLawyer.com, 14 April).
Gold said he recommended corporate lawyer Willis for the post, with the partnership backing the nomination through an election process. He added that the constitution has not yet been amended because issues relating to how the role will work need clearing up.
“Later in the year I’ll come forward with a constitutional change once we see how it goes,” he said.
The most important issue, said Gold, is that the people who hold the managing partner and senior partner roles work well together.
“What I haven’t reconciled is that I don’t like the idea of having a joint ticket with two people standing as a team,” said Gold. “I don’t like the idea of the partnership voting for someone who might not be the right team-mate of the senior partner. I quite like the idea of someone staying on when the other goes, but I don’t like the idea of them not being right with the next person.”