Clifford Chance (CC) is set to repeat the first round of its senior partner elections due to a glitch in the firm’s partnership deed.

The unexpected voting re-run has arisen because the magic circle firm’s partnership deed does not state that the contender receiving the least amount of votes in the first round is obliged to withdraw from the race.

All three partners in the running – London finance partner Malcolm Sweeting, German corporate finance partner Daniela Weber-Rey and City tax partner Jonathan Elman – were all asked to reconsider their position after last week’s stalemate, but none chose to stand down.

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