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London calling: Slaughter and May resumes City focus with bumper promotion round of ten

The latest to release its partnership promotions, Slaughter and May has announced ten promotions all in the City, a big bump on last year’s round of four.

While last year the firm made up two males and females, only one female associate made the cut this year. The promotion round will bring the number of female partners at the firm to 24 while there are 91 males.

Corporate was the practice area to see the biggest set of promotions, with corporate practitioners Murray Cox, Paul Mudie and Victoria MacDuff all making the cut.

Financing associates Oliver Wicker and Oliver Storey, were also promoted, as was financial regulation specialist Nick Bonsall.

Disputes saw two partner promotions with Richard Jeens and Damian Taylor both making partner while solicitor William Turtle was made partner in the competition practice. Commercial real estate associate Richard Todd was also made up.

The focus on City promotions comes as no surprise for the London headquartered firm which also made all of its promotions in London last year. In 2014 the firm made up seven in London, while also making two separate, out of step promotions of two practitioners in Hong Kong in July that year.

Slaughter and May incoming senior partner Steve Cooke (pictured) said: ‘Our new partners have already established a strong track record of providing excellent advice to our clients. They will make an important contribution to the continuing growth of our practice.’

Cooke, who officially takes the senior partner post on 1 May, has already indicated he would retatin the firm’s City focus when he takes up his five-year term.

Slaughter and May is the second Magic Circle firm to release its partner promotions, as last week Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer said it would promote 16 to the partnership.

The promotions take effect on 1 May.

The full list of partner promotions is as follows:

Nick Bonsall, financial regulation, London

Murray Cox, corporate, London

Richard Jeens, dispute resolution, London

Victoria MacDuff, corporate, London

Paul Mudie, corporate, London

Oliver Storey, financing, London

Damian Taylor, dispute resolution, London

Richard Todd, commercial real estate, London

William Turtle, competition, London

Oliver Wicker, financing, London