All change for White & Case as London head steps down

White & Case as London head steps down” />White & Case’s London head has stood down after just nine months in the role, amid a radical restructure of the firm’s London management.

London chief operating partner Neil Upton resigned from the post, effective from 31 May, to spend more time on client work. He will continue in his role as head of the London energy practice. During his short tenure, the London office posted its strongest financial results with profit per equity partner rising by 73.9 per cent.

At the same time, White & Case has unveiled a comprehensive shake-up of its London management structure, which will see the creation of a five-partner executive committee. White & Case’s global chief operating officer is being jetted in to London to head the committee.

Bank finance head Maurice Allen, corporate head Peter Finlay, disputes head Alistair Graham, capital markets head Josh Kiernan and energy, infrastructure projects and asset finance head Philip Stopford all have places on the new executive committee, which replaces the London office’s non-executive strategy group.

Finlay has also been appointed to the newly created post of London senior partner.

Global chief operating officer Jim Latchford is relocating to London from New York to chair the committee and oversee management of the London office. A White & Case source said the move was designed to allow partners to focus on fee-earning and client work and to transfer the burden of management to non-lawyers.

A White & Case spokesman said: “During the last nine months, it’s become clear to Neil that a significant fee-earning role and managing the London office were incompatible: the expanding size of the London office required that Neil spend far more time on operational matters than originally envisaged.”