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Freshfields, HSF and Skadden heavyweights among 113 new QCs in latest record round

Senior disputes partners from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), King & Spalding and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom have taken silk in the latest round of QC appointments, where 113 were selected out of a round of 254 candidates.

In the City, HSF’s Adam Johnson (pictured) has made silk. Johnson has been at the firm for 30 years, specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration, in particular cross-border litigation and cases involving the conflict of laws.

King & Spalding arbitrator John Savage has also taken silk, and is the third in the firm’s London office since 2015 when Tom Sprange was made a QC.

At Skadden, global co-head of litigation and arbitration David Kavanagh, who lead the US firm to win Legal Business Disputes Team Of The Year in 2012, has also made silk.

Based in Paris, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Ben Juratowitch has also been made a silk. Juratowitch   is head of the Magic Circle firm’s public international law practice.

This year’s appointments mark an increase in solicitor appointments to the bench. The number has doubled since last year’s figures, with six taking silk this year in comparison to last year’s three. Bird & Bird sports lawyer Jonathan Taylor will also be made a QC, alongside Allen & Overy’s Michael Young.

In this year’s appointments, the gender ratio is heavily slanted in favour of men, with 73% of all the new appointees being male. However, women tended to be successful on average, with 55% of female applicants succeeding in comparison to only 41% of males.

Despite the gender disparity, there was a slight incline in the total number of female QCs from the previous year. A growth of 2% was seen in the increase from 25 in 2015/16 to 31 in 16/17.

Ethnic minorities made up 14% of total appointments, a pronounced improvement on 2015/16’s figure of 8%. This hike in percentage was accompanied by a wider growth in the number of ethnic minority applications, a jump from 32 to 37.

The full list of appointments: (in alphabetical order)

Catherine Joanne Addy

Tana Marie Therese Adkin

Colin Christopher Aylott

Kate Bex

Gerard James Boyle

Phillip James Bradley

Richard Brent

Samantha Broadfoot

David Michael Graham Brooke

Hannah Beatrice Brown

Louis Bartholomew Anthony Browne

Edward Norman Burgess

Gideon Saul Cammerman

Alexis Anne Campbell

Caroline Rosemary Carberry

Matthew James Chapman

Serena Huey-Ning Cheng

Timothy Elwyn Clark

Sarah Anne Clarke

Simon David Colton

Ben Michael Cooper

Thomas James Cosgrove

Mark James Cotter

James Henry Counsell

Edward Davies

Edward Mark de Breteuil Devereux

Simon Christopger Dyer

David Elias

Martin Alan Langham Evans

Abiodun John Femi-Ola

Sarah Louise Ford

Caoilfhionn Anna Gallagher

Jeremy John Gauntlett

Karim Raouf George Ghaly

Orlando John Gledhill

William George Henry Godwin

Caroline Tracy Goodwin

Nina Soraya Goolamali

William Martin Philip Goudie

Katherine (Kate) Elizabeth Grange

Dakis Steven Hagen

Jacob William Hallam

Ivan Charles Hare

Christopher Mark Heather

Michelle Louise Heeley

Joshua Peter Frederick Holmes

Penelope Anne Macgregor Howe

Jane Allison Hunter

Matthew Howard Olsen Hutchings

Ben William Jaffey

Adam Martin Johnson

Schona Kaur Jolly

Gillian Hunter Jones

Benjamin Juratowitch

Sheikh Mohammed Samiul Karim

David Edward Kavanagh

Dominic Matthew Kay

Simon Thomas Kealey

Henry George John King

Geoffrey Llewelyn Woodward Kingscote

Marie Louise Kinsler

Sara Lucy Jane Lawson

Richard Thomas Leiper

Christopher David Lewis

Louis Asa Luke Alexis Dylan Mably

Alison Catherine Macdonald

Maxwell James Mallin

Anna Louise McKenna

David Robert McLachlan

Michael Joseph McParland

Naeem Majid Mian

Dianne Middleton

Stephen Brian Midwinter

Jonathan Keith Moffett

Brenton John Molineux

Sam Momtaz

Thomas Christopher Montagu-Smith

Andrew James Morgan

Akash Verdant Nawbatt

Stefanno Nuvoloni

Robert Peter O’Donoghue

Aidan Mark Sebastian O’Neill

Colin Yee Cheng Ong

Gareth Thomas Patterson

Matthew James Phillips

Debra Ann Powell

Mary Prior

Sadeqa Shaheen

Matthew Robert Reed

David Benjamin Rees

Deok Joo Rhee

Oliver Tschanz Sanders

Robert John Savage

Fiona Kate Scolding

Paul Shadarevian

Peter Maurice Shaw

Matthew John Sherratt

Dapinderpaul Singh

John Stevenson Snowden

Brian Lloyd St. Louis

Jason Ashley Sugarman

Andrew Daniel Tabachnik

Jonathan Peter Taylor

Robert-Jan Temmick

Alexander Lambert Thorpe

Mark James John Twomey

Edmund Benedict Blyth Vickers

Anna Lilian Vigars

Andrew George Wheeler

Alisdair George James Williamson

Natasha Wong

Michael James Young

Adam David Russell Zellick