Trio of partners prepare to battle for Herbies senior partner role

Allen Hanen, who is currently managing partner of the CIS practice, will go up against litigation partner Tim Parkes and competition partner Jonathan Scott to succeed incumbent David Gold (pictured). Nominations have now closed.

Hanen is a US-qualified partner and M&A specialist who joined Herbert Smith in 1999 following a career at Davis Polk & Wardwell and JPMorgan.

Given the suggestion that the role this time round could go to a corporate partner, he could be in with an advantage (5 October 2009).

In contrast Parkes is a litigator like Gold, but also has experience as former executive partner and managing partner of the Asia business, while Scott used to run the competition practice.

But a source with knowledge of the process argued that it was a “very open fight,” adding, “I don’t think there’s any clear candidate, it could go any way.”

The three candidates are currently putting together their manifestos in anticipation of a partner meeting later this month. Partners will vote on the matter in December and the outcome will be announced just before Christmas.

As revealed by The Lawyer earlier this year, Gold decided not to seek a second term as senior partner, clearing the way for a contest to find his successor (15 June 2009).

Elections for the posts of corporate, finance and litigation practice heads, which are currently held by Michael Walter, Jason Fox and Sonya Leydecker, will be held in the new year.

Hanen declined to comment. Parkes and Scott were unavailable.