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HSF promotes 21 to partnership including alternative legal services head

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has promoted 21 associates globally across eight offices, with 12 based in the UK and EMEA region and nine in Asia-Pacific.

Among those promoted in the UK and EMEA region is Libby Jackson (pictured), the firm’s global head of alternative legal services. Jackson relocated from London to set up and lead the firm’s Belfast office.

London has come out on top in the UK and EMEA region, with three promotions in disputes, three in corporate, one in real estate, and one in finance.

Six out of the 21 partner promotions are women and across practices and all sectors including corporate, disputes, employment, pensions and incentives, finance, projects, real estate, energy, TMT and banks. The firm has publicly committed to having a 25% female partnership by May 2017 and 30% by May 2019.

This promotion round follows the promotions in December 2016 of five new partners in Australia, from the firm’s global project finance, projects and environment and planning teams.

Commenting on the promotions, Mark Rigotti, HSF’s chief executive officer said: ‘I would like to congratulate our new partners on their promotions. They are all highly-talented lawyers who represent the quality, breadth and depth of HSF around the world and demonstrate our ongoing investment in our business.’

The appointment of 21 lawyers to partner builds on the 20 partner promotions the firm made last year, when it made up ten lawyers in the UK and EMEA and ten in Asia-Pacific.

In 2015 the firm promoted 21 lawyers, with a majority being made up in Asia-Pacific as the firm invested heavily in Tokyo.

HSF partner promotions in full:


Greig Anderson, disputes, London

Rachel Campbell, finance, Paris

Paul Chases, real estate, London

David Coulling, corporate, London

Reza Dadbakhsh, corporate, London

Javier de Carvajal, disputes, Madrid

Nish Dissanayake, dorporate, London

Libby Jackson, alternative legal services, London

Rachel Lidgate, disputes, London

Nick May, finance, London

Donny Surtani, disputes, London

Christopher Theris, corporate, Paris


Nick Carney, projects, Sydney

Hannah Cassidy, disputes, Hong Kong

Glynn Cooper, corporate, Kuala Lumpur

Peter Davis, corporate, Sydney

Jon Evans, finance, Melbourne

Tania Gray, disputes, Sydney

Clayton James, corporate, Sydney

Fatim Jumabhoy, employment, pensions and incentives, Singapore

Miles Wadley, finance, Melbourne