Six Simmons & Simmons partners have confirmed their intention to stand for the senior partner job, to be vacated by current incumbent David Dickinson by the end of June.
The following candidates are understood to be in the frame: litigation partner Philip Vaughan; litigation head Colin Passmore; corporate partner Charles Mayo; corporate partner and Paris head Thierry Gontard; former managing partner Mark Dawkins; and energy partner Patrick Wallace.
All except Gontard are based in London.
This is the second leadership election at the firm this year. London financial institutions head Jeremy Hoyland was elected managing partner after a battle with labour law partner and Germany head Hans-Hermann Aldenhoff.
Hoyland replaced Dawkins, who became managing partner in 2005 and was elected for a further three years in 2008. Dawkins’ tenure saw a rise in profit per equity partner of 20 per cent, but mixed fortunes internationally, including abortive merger talks with US firm Mayer Brown. Since the failure of those talks Simmons has focused its efforts on bulking up in China and Germany.