Clifford Chance appoints City finance head to replace Bickerton as London managing partner

Magic circle firm names new London leadership alongside two practice head appointments

Clifford Chance (CC) has appointed City finance head Michael Bates to succeed David Bickerton as London managing partner when he steps down at the end of the year.

Bates, who has been London finance head for the last seven years, will take up a four-year term at the helm of the magic circle firm’s City office on 1 January next year.

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