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Fieldfisher duo vie for top job in senior partner elections

Fieldfisher has started the process to find a successor to senior partner Matthew Lohn, The Lawyer has learned, with two partners throwing their hats in the ring. Corporate partner David Wilkinson and real estate partner Anthony Phillips are understood to be the first to have launched their bids. Both partners are longtime Fieldfisher lawyers. Wilkinson was […]

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All change at McDermott with new London head at the helm

McDermott Will & Emery has revamped its leadership, naming corporate transactional lawyer Hamid Yunis as its new London managing partner. Yunis’ expertise lies in the healthcare sector; he joined the firm in 2016 from Taylor Wessing to build the firm’s capabilities in this area. He succeeds Andrew Vergunst, who has been leading the office since early […]

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Kirkland prepares for leadership handover as firm names next chair

A Chicago corporate partner is to take the reins of Kirkland & Ellis, as the US firm preps for chairman Jeff Hammes’ leadership handover in February 2020. Private equity specialist Jon Ballis will step into the shoes of Hammes in two years time, bringing his 10-year tenure as chairman to an end. Ballis’ practice focuses on leveraged […]


DLA Piper unveils Manchester boss as next UK managing partner

DLA Piper has appointed a new UK managing partner and shaken up its international executive team following the re-election of Simon Levine as international managing partner last month. Manchester-based finance and projects partner Liam Cowell will take the reins from Sandra Wallace, who, after three years in the role, will step down to focus on her role […]

Clifford Chance’s European refocus continues with third leadership change this year

With Britain’s exit from the European Union scheduled for four months to the day away, Clifford Chance’s refocus on Continental Europe has continued with its third leadership change of 2018. The firm has appointed new co-managing partners for its Amsterdam office. Global head of innovation and business change Bas Boris Visser and Amsterdam head of financial […]

Shoosmiths real estate head steps up to CEO role

Shoosmiths UK head of real estate Simon Boss will replace Claire Rowe effective 1 January 2019 following Rowe’s decision to step down from the role for personal reasons. Boss is a 14-year veteran of the Shoosmiths’ partnership, having joined the firm from legacy Eversheds’ Birmingham office in March 2005. He will continue to operate from […]


Clifford Chance’s “Obama candidate” claims victory in firm’s leadership contest

Clifford Chance’s Amsterdam office managing partner Jeroen Ouwehand has fought off competition from Paris head Yves Wehrli to claim victory in the magic circle firm’s senior partner elections. Ouwehand will replace incumbent Malcolm Sweeting when his term comes to an end next year. He will be in the role from 2019 to 2023. Ouwehand had been described by internal […]

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Taylor Wessing’s former chief lands new management role

Taylor Wessing’s former managing partner Tim Eyles has joined consulting group Parker Fitzgerald as its chairman, marking his first official role since leaving the law. As part of his role, Eyles will be tasked with overseeing the international growth strategy and financial performance of the consulting group, tapping into his longtime leadership experience in the legal […]


Dentons management duo ease through firm’s leadership contest

Dentons‘ global management duo – chairman Joe Andrew and CEO Elliott Portnoy – have been re-elected for another three-year tenure at the helm of the firm. The duo, who have led the firm for five years already, stood unopposed during the process. They took over the reins in 2013 after the merger of European firm Salans […]

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Clifford Chance to have first European senior partner as Bickerton drops out

The race for Clifford Chance’s senior partner role is down to two, with former London managing partner David Bickerton dropping out of the running. With Bickerton, who seemed poised to scoop the top role, stepping aside, the new senior partner will be based on the Continental front – Paris managing partner Yves Wehrli and Amsterdam managing partner […]


Clifford Chance senior partner race down to three as “Obama candidate” surges

An announcement on Clifford Chance‘s next senior partner is expected this week as two of the frontrunners are understood to have dropped out of the running, leaving partners with an all-male trio to choose from. Of the three, corporate partners David Dunnigan and Katherine Coates have dropped out, having been outliers from the offset. The […]


Winston is latest US firm to put London at the heart of decision planning

Winston & Strawn has confirmed its ongoing commitment to the UK with the election of its London office head to the firm’s global executive committee, part of a nine-partner round of new appointments to its board. Peter Crowther joins Winston & Strawn’s excom after his role as London office managing partner was renewed last month […]

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