Voting in the first round of CMS Cameron McKenna’s senior partner election is due to end today (21 March), with four candidates vying to replace incumbent Richard Price.
Sources at the firm expect the final race to be between former managing partner Dick Tyler and head of consumer products Louise Wallace.
The other two candidates in the election are infrastructure partner Andrew Ivison and regulated industries chief Robert Lane.
“Everyone thinks it’s Louise and Dick who’ll be in the run-off,” commented one partner at the firm. “Lots of people want Dick because he was managing partner and would be seen as a good foil for Duncan [Weston, current managing partner]. He’s very political and very astute.
“Louise is more of a breath of fresh air, if that’s what people want, but they’re both well-respected people.”
Voting got underway last Thursday, with candidates requiring 50 per cent of the vote to be elected. If nobody achieves the requisite votes, one or two candidates drop out of the race ahead of a second round.
The winner will take over from Price on 1 May.
Price himself was elected for a second four-year term in 2006 before partners agreed to have his tenure extended by 12 months last year.