A&O splits corporate management to boost client base

Allen & Overy has re-elected Richard Cranfield as its UK head of corporate, but has split the corporate managing partner role into two in an attempt to boost the firm’s client base.

Former managing partner Susan Howard stood down and Mark Wippell was appointed as managing partner – clients, with Stuart Harray taking the managing partner – operations role. The split is intended to allow Wippell to concentrate on business development.

Cranfield was elected unopposed.