Set against the wider backdrop of its global managing partner contest, Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance has re-elected Jeremy Sandelson as global head of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice in an uncontested election.
Having been in the role since 2009, Sandelson will serve a second four-year term. His pedigree in management with the firm is long-established, as the disputes chief previously acted as managing partner of the London litigation practice in 2003, and regional managing partner for the UK and the Middle East from 2005.
Sandelson’s appointment confirms that the rated litigator is not running for the role of global managing partner, as David Childs prepares to step down in May next year, with head of corporate Matthew Layton tipped to be in the lead.
On Sandelson’s re-appointment, Childs said: ‘Jeremy has done a terrific job as global head of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice since his election soon after the start of the financial crisis, overseeing revenue growth of nearly 30% in that time. I am confident that we will see this pre-eminent practice go from strength to strength over the next four years.’
Sandelson added: ‘We will continue to invest in our strong global network, with market-leading practices in each of the world’s financial centres, and the cross-border collaboration our clients increasingly rely on as they face new challenges in a fast-changing world.’
The sounding process for global managing partner nominations is currently is expected to wind up this month, after which partners will vote on the shortlist.