Clifford Chance London partners are voting in a rare contested election for a place on the firm’s partnership council this week.
Following finance partner David Bickerton’s appointment as London head of capital markets earlier this year, a position on the partnership council has become vacant.
Three prominent London lawyers are putting themselves forward for the post: competition partner Oliver Bretz, finance partner Steve Curtis and litigation partner Michael Smyth. There are 11 places on the partnership council, which acts as a supervisory board and is chaired by senior partner Stuart Popham.
A Clifford Chance source told The Lawyer: “They’re very different people; different groups and different characters.”
Clifford Chance declined to comment, but the result will be announced next week.
The partnership council election comes just a few weeks after the battle for the position of the London head of corporate, which was won by the incumbent David Pearson. Three other partners declared an interest in standing, but as the process wore on Pearson emerged as the only candidate.