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To the bank: Linklaters’ Elliott takes chair role at Permanent TSB

After 27 years at the Magic Circle firm, former senior partner Robert Elliott has been appointed chairman at Irish bank Permanent TSB Group Holdings.

Elliott (pictured) will take the role on 31 March from the bank’s former chair Alan Cook, who retires after a six year term. Elliott will continue to act as a partner consultant to Linklaters in his new role.

The former senior partner and chairman of Linklaters, Elliott started his career at Wilde Sapte in 1976 making partner in 1981. He moved to Linklaters in 1990 as a well-respected banking and restructuring lawyer. Elliott later headed up the firm’s global banking practice, a role he handed down to now managing partner Gideon Moore in 2011.

Elected in the senior partner race in 2011 to succeed David Cheyne, Elliott saw off competition from then litigation head John Turnbull and Belgium-based Jean-Pierre Blumberg.

In 2016, Elliott was replaced by senior partner Charlie Jacobs, who was elected in May and formerly took up the senior partner role in October.

Jacobs said: ‘I’m delighted to congratulate Robert on his new appointment. It demonstrates not only the exceptionally high regard in which Robert is held within the banking industry but is testament also to the energy and intellectual contribution he has brought to the wider business community. It is also another recent example of a preeminent lawyer taking a prominent role outside the law which is to be welcomed.’

For more on Linklaters leadership, see ‘Rain men’