Allen & Overy senior partner Guy Beringer has announced his intention to quit the firm when his term at the helm ends next year.
Beringer said that he does not want to return to practice and he will leave the firm after eight years as senior partner.
The former corporate lawyer said he would seek “new challenges”. This might include something in the public sector.
Beringer has enjoyed his time as an adviser on Lord Carter’s hugely controversial reforms of legal aid and said this is a direction he may pursue in the future.
Beringer became a partner at A&O in 1985 and acted for clients such as Burmah Castrol and United Biscuits.