Up to 35 German partners added their names to a paper that was handed to management in a push for pro-democratic amendments to management proposals that will change the way the firm selects its senior partners.

A cabal of German partners at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has staged an unprecedented protest over proposals for the selection of the firm’s senior partners.

Following a consultation period, an amended proposal to introduce a committee system to handle senior partner nominations was ultimately voted through last Friday (9 May). However, as part of the firmwide consultation, some Frankfurt partners made their concerns abundantly clear to management last month.

The Frankfurt-based partners who were involved held a raft of different views on how the committee system should work.

On the basis that Freshfields is too large to rely on the traditional partner soundings for nominations, senior partner Anthony Salz suggested a system whereby a firmwide committee identifies candidates and sounds out the partnership on their merits in advance of a formal vote.

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