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Making partner: Slaughter and May promotes four in London

Slaughter and May has boosted its partnership ranks in the City with its latest promotions round resulting in four new partners being made up in London.

The promotions come after the firm last year promoted seven lawyers in London, during a time when City firms were holding back on increasing their City partnerships. In both 2012 and 2013, the firm made up just two partners in each year.

This year the firm sees two females and males join the City ranks with effect from 1 May 2015. Lawyers Robert Innes, Chris McGaffin and Sally Wokes will join the corporate team while Caroline Phillips will become a finance partner.

The Magic Circle firm now has 117 partners, including 91 male and 26 female – giving a gender diversity rate of 22% for the entire partnership. Some 102 of the partners are based in London, with the remaining 15 based in overseas offices.

Christopher Saul, senior partner of Slaughter and May, said: ‘We are delighted to be promoting four outstanding lawyers to the partnership. They have a strong track record of providing excellent advice to our clients and will make a fine contribution to the continuing growth of our practice.’

Announced earlier this month, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer made up just three lawyers in the City out of a 17-strong round with a greater proportion being made up in Hong Kong.