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Contested senior partner elections at Pinsent Masons as Chris Mullen challenged by head of construction

Pinsent Masons senior partner Chris Mullen will next month face construction head challenger Richard Foley in the first contested elections at the top 20 firm since David Ryan was voted in as managing partner in 1998.

The results are expected at the beginning of July and will be followed by managing partner elections, although it is not known if they too will be contested.

Mullen was first elected to the post of senior partner in July 2005. During his term he has led the creation and implementation of a new vision and strategy for the firm including international expansion with new offices in Singapore, Dubai, Munich, Paris and Istanbul as well as an implementation of a new profit sharing system for partners, replacing the modified lockstep system.

Foley is currently head of the firm’s construction advisory and disputes group. Formerly head of Pinsent’s Asia practice, he has substantial experience of international arbitration and litigation work including advising on some of the largest rail, road, airport and port projects in Asia and the Middle East.