White & Case gears up for management shake-up

White & Case’s London office is preparing to conduct a wide-ranging reorganisation of its management, just over a year after implementing a new structure.

The executive committee in London, created last June and made up of partners from five practice areas, will now be split in two.

The day-to-day administration of London will now be overseen by one partner. Neil Upton, Wragge & Co’s former head of utilities and project finance, who joined White & Case in September 2002, is widely tipped for the appointment. A non-lawyer chief operating officer will be recruited to assist him.

The business direction of the London office will be overseen by the executive committee, which will now become the strategy committee.
In future this will have a non-executive chairman, elected by the members of the group. It is also expected that as part of the reorganisation – which has been ongoing for several months, but which has yet to be finalised – John Bellhouse will step down as senior partner, a role which is being abolished.

Bellhouse confirmed that the structure of the management is being reviewed.