Linklaters disputes head opts for fewer heads and more hats

Linklaters’ dispute resolution team is more important than ever in the firm, having been broken out as an independent group, but the firm is slimming down the team’s management.

After being named global disputes head, former London litigation chief Michael Bennett has decided to retain control of the City disputes practice, as we report today.

Bennett took up the mantle of global litigation chief in September, replacing acting head Arnaud de la Cotardière. The rejig came after former global disputes head Marc Harvey was appointed as Asia managing partner in February.

Management has previously been a source of internal debate at the firm, with some partners thinking less is more and arguing for a streamlining of the firm’s management boards earlier this year.

The sentiment echoes a recent move by new Clifford Chance leader Matthew Layton, who chopped his management committee down to size in July. A key element of Layton’s manifesto was said to focus on streamlining leadership and creating a stronger executive.

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