Burch seals second term as Addleshaws SP as Kamstra exits election race

Addleshaw Goddard’s senior partner Monica Burch has been automatically re-elected as senior partner after litigation head Simon Kamstra withdrew his candidacy.

Monica Burch
Monica Burch

Burch, who was first elected senior partner in 2010 following a contested election (31 March 2010) will begin her second three-year term on 1 May 2013.

A statement from the firm added that litigation chief Simon Kamstra had been nominated as a candidate but had decided “to continue to focus on his role as divisional managing partner of the litigation division and not to pursue his senior partner candidacy.”

The Lawyer revealed earlier this month that Kamstra had put his name forward to run against Burch in the senior partner race (16 October 2012).

Sources close to the firm had indicated that there was little appetite for a contested election and said that a board meeting convened on 16 October may have discussed ways of avoiding a head-to-head battle (22 October 2012).

Following the last senior partner election in 2010, Addleshaw Goddard’s litigation head Simon Twigden left to establish his own boutique firm (23 April 2010).

In a statement, Burch said: “I’m delighted to continue to serve as Senior Partner of Addleshaw Goddard for a further three years. I am proud of our achievements over the past three years. We have great clients and great lawyers and I look forward to contributing to our continued progress as a business.”