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Linklaters gears up to appoint new managing partner

Linklaters is poised to appoint a new managing partner in the next week, as current chief Gideon Moore prepares to stand down from the role. The firm’s global head of finance Paul Lewis has been recommended by the board to take on the job, The Lawyer understands. It is now up to the partnership to ratify […]

Simmons’ Passmore to become client whisperer

Simmons & Simmons’ incumbent senior partner Colin Passmore will be taking on a new role leading the firm’s client relationship programme, as he has recently handed over the reins to newly-elected Julian Taylor. Financial services litigator Passmore has held the post for more than a decade, and this year he wraps his third term. The […]

Womble Bond Dickinson elects new managing partner

Womble Bond Dickinson has elected Paul Stewart as its new UK managing partner. Stewart will take over current head Jonathan Blair, who has held the role since 2008. Blair chose not to re-stand for election and will be staying with the firm after his term finishes on 31 January 2022. The two will work together […]

Slaughter and May

Slaughters to appoint first COO in executive shake-up

Slaughter and May is set to overhaul its executive team through the appointment of a managing partner and chief operating officer (COO). Executive partner Paul Stacey and practice partner David Wittmann will be replaced by a managing partner and COO upon their retirement in April 2022. The managing partner position will take on the functions […]


Contenders line up in Linklaters’ managing partner election race

Two candidates have put their names forward for Linklaters’ managing partner elections, with the shortlist of contenders recently finalised by the firm. The race for the role will see London-based global head of finance Paul Lewis battle it out against Frankfurt-based financial regulatory partner Andreas Steck. This follows a confirmation vote held internally last week. […]

Carolena Gordon, Clyde & Co

Clydes votes in new senior partner after election race

Clyde & Co’s North American and Canadian chair has been elected as the firm’s new senior partner, after former leader Peter Hirst stepped down last year. Montréal-based Carolena Gordon has taken the top job, winning the election against UK partners James Cooper and Chris Murray. Gordon is the first partner from outside the UK to […]

Taylor Wessing chief wins second term at the helm

Taylor Wessing‘s managing partner Shane Gleghorn has secured another term as the firm’s leader. Former co-head of international litigation Shane Gleghorn will lead Taylor Wessing for a further three years. He was first elected to the role in 2018. Gleghorn was part of The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2021 for steering the firm’s life sciences, IP […]


Linklaters kicks off managing partner election process

Linklaters is to start an election process to find its next new managing partner, who will work with newly-elected leader Aedamar Comiskey. Managing partner Gideon Moore is understood to have communicated to the partnership that the process will start earlier than expected to ensure a coordinated transition after the appointment of new senior partner Aedamar […]

Ashurst dealmaker claims victory in chair elections

Ashurst’s UK corporate head Karen Davies has been elected chair of the firm, winning the role over two other contenders. Davies has sat on Ashurst’s board since 2017 and was featured in The Lawyer Hot 100 2018 for her work on headline-grabbing corporate deals. Her list of corporate wins has continued since; this week alone […]

PwC’s new legal head sets out strategy for growth

The new legal head of PwC is setting out a strategy to build out a wide-ranging offering around ESG, the result of a months-long consultation among the partnership. New head Teresa Owusu-Adjei replaced longtime chief Ed Stacey last February, after he stood down following a four-year term. Stacey was appointed head of legal in 2017. He […]

Mayer Brown elects finance partner as new chair

Mayer Brown has appointed its next chair to succeed incumbent Paul Theiss, while London managing partner Sally Davies has also gained a seat on the firm’s management committee. The firm has elected longtime partner Jon Van Gorp to the chair role, starting in June. He will take the baton from Theiss, who has been in […]


City trio step up for Ashurst chair position

Three London partners are understood to be in the running for Ashurst chair, including two of the firm’s corporate leads. Corporate heads Jason Radford and Karen Davies, as well as finance partner Helen Burton are the trio in the ring to succeed Ben Tidswell as chair. UK head of corporate Davies sits on Ashurst’s board […]