Eversheds Sutherland has kicked off the election process to appoint a new international chair, following pitches to the firm’s partners by the three contenders in recent weeks.

Partners have been asked to decide between three candidates to succeed Paul Smith as chair of the firm’s operations outside of the US – UK financial services head Pamela Thompson and joint head of energy and infrastructure Robert Pitcher, both of who are based in London, and Manchester senior partner Michael Clavell-Bate.