Pinsent Masons kicked off a contested managing partner election this morning, with three high-calibre heads of department up for the role.
The firm announced three candidates; head of property Adrian Barlow, head of banking and restructuring John Cleland, and former McGrigors managing partner Richard Masters are the three contenders vying for the top spot.
This race will be the first in 15 years at Pinsents. It follows David Ryan’s decision not to stand for re-election next year announced by the firm last month.
Pinsents appointed new senior partner Richard Foley this summer to replace Chris Mullen, who had held the role for nine years.
It is definitely a time of change for Pinsents, with blossoming overseas real estate teams giving a hint of the possible direction the firm will take as a new generation of leaders arrive at the helm.
Meanwhile over at Osborne Clarke, corporate head Ray Berg has just been unveiled as the firm’s new UK managing partner, with a four-year term set to start on 1 January 2015. Berg will step into the hefty shoes of Simon Beswick, who is nearing the end of his third and final term after 12 years managing partner.
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