For the sixth year in a row Linklaters has increased the size of its promotion round, adding 33 lawyers to its partnership.
Eleven of the new partners announced today (11 March) and effective from May are women, surpassing the firm’s 30% annual target and meaning its overall partnership will be 20% female for the first time.
Managing partner Gideon Moore told Legal Business that the result was a validation of the changes the firm was driving through the partnership in terms of diversity and inclusion: ‘We are heading in the direction we wish to, bearing in mind where we started from and the way the partnership evolved. I won’t be satisfied until it’s 50-50.’
As in last year’s 27-strong round, the firm’s corporate practice had the largest intake of partners globally, with nine promoted. Capital markets was second at six, twice as many as last year. Banking saw five lawyers promoted while disputes had three.
‘All of the promotions are client-led,’ said Moore. ‘We don’t start off by saying we will only have a certain number. We look at the quality of the individual and the practice.’
London promotions also increased on last year, with 11 minted compared to ten in 2018.
City-based Charles Turner, Derek Tong and Tom Thorne got the nod in the corporate practice; Matthew Harding and Thomas Waller in banking; Chris Stevenson in disputes and Thomas Quoroll in capital markets. Sinead Casey, John Sheppard, Rahul Manvatkar and Ross Schloeffel were also added to the partnership in employment, pensions, investment funds and projects respectively.
Continental Europe replaced Asia in second place this year, as ten lawyers were promoted on the continent and eight in the firm’s Asian offices.
Linklaters partner promotions in full:
Christoph Barth, Competition/Antitrust, Dusseldorf
Sinead Casey, Employment, London
Gabriel Silva, Mainstream Corporate, São Paulo
Karen Phang, Mainstream Corporate, Jakarta
Robert Elliot, Mainstream Corporate, Singapore
Claudia Schneider, Mainstream Corporate, Frankfurt
Thomas Broichhausen, Mainstream Corporate, Munich
Charles Turner, Mainstream Corporate, London
Derek Tong, Mainstream Corporate, London
Tom Thorne, Mainstream Corporate, London
Carmen Burgos, Mainstream Corporate, Madrid
John Sheppard, Pensions, London
Alejandro Meca, Tax, Madrid
Adrian Fisher, TMT IP, Singapore
Omar El Sayed, Banking/Corporate, Middle East
Sabine Vorwerk, Banking, Frankfurt
Matthew Harding, Banking, London
Thomas Waller, Banking, London
Jonathan Ching, Banking, New York
Karen Lam, Capital Markets, Hong Kong
Sherry (Jiwei) Cui, Capital Markets, Hong Kong
Kenneth Lam, Capital Markets, Tokyo
Thomas Quoroll, Capital Markets, London
Simon Few, Capital Markets, EMEA
Ugo Orsini, Capital Markets, Milan
Peiying Chua, Financial Regulation, Singapore
Rahul Manvatkar, Investment Funds, London
Crystal Chen, Projects, Hong Kong
Ross Schloeffel, Projects, London
Adolfo Guerrero, Real Estate, Madrid
Brenda DiLuigi, Dispute Resolution, New York
Kerstin Wilhelm, Dispute Resolution, Munich
Chris Stevenson, Dispute Resolution, London