Corporate partner David Wilkinson wins Fieldfisher senior partner election

Corporate partner David Wilkinson wins Fieldfisher senior partner election

Corporate partner David Wilkinson has beaten competition from real estate head Anthony Phillips to win Fieldfisher’s senior partner race, replacing incumbent Matthew Lohn after six years in the role.

Wilkinson will serve a three-year term starting 1 May 2019. Fieldfisher managing partner Michael Chissick confirmed that Wilkinson will continue in a ‘dual role’ as fee-earner and senior partner, and described him as a ‘well-respected partner.’ Continue reading “Corporate partner David Wilkinson wins Fieldfisher senior partner election”

Watson Farley management get second term as half-year revenue comes in flat

Watson Farley management get second term as half-year revenue comes in flat

Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has re-elected its management duo for a further five years.

Chris Lowe and Lothar Wegener (pictured right to left) have been re-elected as the UK firm’s managing partners for a second term, beginning 15 January next year. The pair have held the roles since January 2014, with WFW’s revenue up 60% over the last five years, one of the strongest performances among a top 50 UK practice. Continue reading “Watson Farley management get second term as half-year revenue comes in flat”

After the hammer, a scalpel – Kirkland confirms long-groomed successor to ‘visionary’ chair Hammes

After the hammer, a scalpel – Kirkland confirms long-groomed successor to ‘visionary’ chair Hammes

In probably the worst kept secret in Chicago legal circles, Kirkland & Ellis has confirmed that partner Jon Ballis will become its next chair when highly-rated incumbent Jeffrey Hammes steps down in February 2020.

Ballis’ elevation was officially confirmed last week, though Legal Business reported the succession plan back in July. Nevertheless, the Chicago-based private equity specialist faces a challenge in taking over from a leader who transformed Kirkland from regional challenger to unquestioned global elite. Continue reading “After the hammer, a scalpel – Kirkland confirms long-groomed successor to ‘visionary’ chair Hammes”

‘An international guy’: Ouwehand wins Clifford Chance race to become first non-London senior partner

‘An international guy’: Ouwehand wins Clifford Chance race to become first non-London senior partner

Clifford Chance has elected Amsterdam head Jeroen Ouwehand as its first ever senior partner based outside the City.

The news comes after Ouwehand, who also leads the firm’s continental European litigation and dispute resolution practice, was hotly tipped internally as being the successor to Malcolm Sweeting. Continue reading “‘An international guy’: Ouwehand wins Clifford Chance race to become first non-London senior partner”

More of Joe ‘n’ Elliott show for Dentons after unopposed leadership contest

More of Joe ‘n’ Elliott show for Dentons after unopposed leadership contest

Globetrotting firm Dentons’ chair Joe Andrew and chief executive Elliott Portnoy have been elected for their third and fourth terms respectively at the helm of the firm after an uncontested election.

Announced today (19 November) the duo ran unopposed and secured the needed backing of more than half of the partnership. Continue reading “More of Joe ‘n’ Elliott show for Dentons after unopposed leadership contest”

Travers’ former tax head Kathleen Russ elected as senior partner successor to Chris Hale

Travers’ former tax head Kathleen Russ elected as senior partner successor to Chris Hale

Travers Smith has nominated former tax department head Kathleen Russ (pictured) as its new senior partner, to succeed long-serving Chris Hale whose term comes to an end 1 July 2019.

Russ is a relative veteran in her own right, acting as a partner in the firm’s tax practice since 2001, and heading the team between July 2007 and January 2017.   Continue reading “Travers’ former tax head Kathleen Russ elected as senior partner successor to Chris Hale”

Two European candidates remain as CC’s senior partner contest goes down to three

Two European candidates remain as CC’s senior partner contest goes down to three

The likelihood of Clifford Chance’s (CC) next senior partner being based outside London has surged after the first round of voting.

UK-based insurance head Katherine Coates and former capital markets chief David Dunnigan have dropped out of the race to become Malcom Sweeting’s successor  at CC, after none of the five candidates secured more than 50% of votes in the first round. Continue reading “Two European candidates remain as CC’s senior partner contest goes down to three”

Trebles all round as Simmons re-elects Hoyland for another term

Trebles all round as Simmons re-elects Hoyland for another term

Simmons & Simmons has re-elected Jeremy Hoyland as managing partner for a third term on the back of a year of substantive investment and revenue growth.

Hoyland, who was first elected as managing partner in May 2011, was uncontested in his re-election, with his third term set to start on 1 May 2019. Continue reading “Trebles all round as Simmons re-elects Hoyland for another term”

OC’s Berg prepares for rockier roads following re-election to managing partner

OC’s Berg prepares for rockier roads following re-election to managing partner

Osborne Clarke (OC) has elected incumbent UK managing partner Ray Berg (pictured) to a second term in a ‘glowing endorsement’ of the firm’s growth.

But he has cautioned there is still plenty to achieve in ensuring OC was adaptable to tougher times ahead. Continue reading “OC’s Berg prepares for rockier roads following re-election to managing partner”

Baker McKenzie chair Rawlinson temporarily steps back due to ‘exhaustion’

Baker McKenzie chair Rawlinson temporarily steps back due to ‘exhaustion’

Paul Rawlinson (pictured) has stepped back from his responsibilities as Baker McKenzie global chair due to a personal medical issue.

The firm’s executive committee announced to the partnership today (22 October) that Rawlinson will be taking a leave of absence based on the advice of his doctor and in response to exhaustion. Continue reading “Baker McKenzie chair Rawlinson temporarily steps back due to ‘exhaustion’”