Loveharts and dinner dates

Burges Salmon’s Chris Jackson would be a safe bet. 

After announcing that he has stepped down as managing partner after less than a year in the job, you could at least guarantee he would never outstay his welcome.

Jackson’s decision is said to be a “personal” one, made last month after consultation with senior management (see story).

Burges Salmon is not known for chopping and changing its managing partners – the firm’s previous chief, Guy Stobart, presided over the firm for 13 years. Let’s hope Jackson’s replacement – commercial disputes partner Peter Morris – is for life, not just for Christmas.

Meanwhile – stop the press – it’s all systems go for the first transatlantic merger of equals, with partners at Hogan & Hartson and Lovells giving the thumbs up to the firms’ union (see story).

It looks like Lovells managing partner David Harris, who has already completed one full term at the helm, is set to serve almost as long in management as Stobart. As joint CEO of Hogan Lovells along with the US firm’s current chair Warren Gorrell, Harris will lead the new firm until 2014.

Looks like he enjoys it more than Jacko.

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