Shillito challenges Palmer in HSF senior partner race
Herbert Smith Freehills, previously assumed to be a shoe-in for incumbent James Palmer, now sees a challenger with Mark Shillito.
Shilllito stepped down as head of disputes for the UK and the US on 22 February, with litigator Damien Byrne Hill filling his position. With his resignation complete, Shillito cleared the way to become a candidate for the election.
The voting process is expected to begin in the second week of March, and considering the feeble candidate count, should be complete by the start April.
With only two candidates, the vote will be more straightforward than in previous elections, such as in 2014 when incumbent Palmer beat out London head of litigation Tim Parkes, Moscow EMEA managing partner Allen Hanen, and Sydney deputy senior partner Mark Crean.