White & Case factions square off

The battle lines have been drawn within the London office of White & Case over the latest potential shake-up of the office’s management.

The local partnership is understood to have divided into two camps – members of the newly combined banking and capital markets practice group, who are largely supportive of a radical shake-up, and the rest of the partnership, who are shying away from change.

Both teams claim to have the majority support of the partnership. And the debate is getting fraught, with accusations of partners letting their own “political aspirations” taint what is best for the firm.

The London office is not new to change – if the progressive team wins and the current five-member UK executive committee is either replaced or supplemented with a full-time managing partner, it will be the fourth management shake-up in just three years.

Global chief operating office and UK executive committee chair Jim Latchford is due to report back on the management review shortly. But which team has his ear?