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A 400-strong partnership: Pinsent Masons makes a record 29 partner promotions

Pinsent Masons has made a record 29 promotions to its partnership, with the majority in four sectors: energy, financial services, infrastructure, and advanced manufacturing and technology.

The promotions are across five different countries including Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore, with the firm making its first partner promotion in Munich since its 2012 German launch. The round will also take the total number of partners at Pinsent Masons to over 400 having last year stood at 387 combined equity and non-equity partners in the LB100 survey.

Commenting on the appointments, David Ryan, Pinsent Masons managing partner said he was absolutely delighted to have helped so many achieve their partnership ambitions, although he admitted more work needed to be done in regards to gender diversity. The promotions, when they take effect on 1 May, will take the female partner percentage to 22% with the firm currently targeting a 25% ratio by 2018.

Ryan added: ‘It is particularly pleasing that we are promoting people across five different countries this year, which reinforces – in the wake of our decision to open in Australia – the undoubted progress we have made in internationalising our business. That over a third of those promoted are female also highlights the progress we are making in addressing some of the challenges around gender diversity that exist within our business and the profession generally, albeit we accept there remains much more to be achieved.’

The full list of those promoted to partner, as well as practice area and location, is as follows:

Stephan Appt (Technology, Germany)

Stacey Bairner (Financial Services, UK)

Angelique Bret (Competition, UK)

Alan Cassels (Financial Services, UK)

Stacey Collins (Infrastructure, UK)

Philip Corfield-Smith (Real Estate, UAE)

Didar Dhillon (Infrastructure, UK)

Gayle Ditchburn (Universities and Higher Education, UK)

Sean Elson (Regulatory, UK)

Ben Fairhead (Pensions litigation, UK)

Clare Francis (Commercial, UK)

Alexander Grant (Infrastructure, UK)

Hilary Griffith (Corporate, UK)

Nicole Livesey (Corporate, UK)

Richard Lloyd (Real Estate, UK)

Gary McGovern (Real Estate, UK)

Victoria Miller (Infrastructure, UK)

Craig Morrison (Infrastructure, UK)

Apicksha Patel (Infrastructure, UK)

Andrew Phillips (Corporate, UK)

Mike Reid (Real Estate, UK)

Jed Savager (Infrastructure, UAE)

Julian Sladdin (Commercial Litigation, UK)

Liam Terry (Financial Services, UK)

Melissa Thompson (Real Estate, UK)

Chen Han Toh (Infrastructure, Singapore)

Nicholas Turner (Infrastructure, Hong Kong)

Helen Waddell (Infrastructure, UK)

Charlotte Weekes (Life Sciences, UK)