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Partner promotions: Dentons ups global round by 15% with twice as many promoted in Europe

Dentons announced today (3 May) that it has promoted 54 partners across Canada, Europe, Singapore, UK and the US, a 15% increase on last year’s round.

Dentons’ offices in Europe and the US received the bulk of the promotions with 16 new partners joining each region, closely followed by Canada with 15 added to its ranks.

The firm’s European offices saw twice as many partners added to its ranks compared to last year, including five in Berlin, two in Frankfurt, two in Paris, one in Bratislava, one in Brussels, one in Budapest, one in Warsaw and one in St Petersburg.

Meanwhile, the UK only saw seven added to its partnership ranks including four in London. Virginia Allen joined as a new employment partner, Joseph Altendorff joined in corporate, Helen Bowdren in environment and Suhail Qureshi in tax. In Milton Keynes, Dentons made up Christopher Colclough to partner in its corporate practice, alongside David Payton and Greg Rigby in real estate. The seven promotions are an improvement on last year when the firm only made up two partners in the UK.

Global chief executive Elliott Portnoy (pictured) said: ‘Elevating any one of our talented practitioners to partner is an incredibly important milestone in their career and in the longevity of our firm.

Practice-wise, nearly 30% of new partners were made up in corporate, followed by 19% in real estate, 13% in litigation, while the rest is made up of practices such as energy, financial services, tax, insolvency, restructuring, competition, intellectual property and employment.

The promotions come as Dentons announced yesterday (2 May) that it has officially opened its new base in Tbilisi, Georgia, with a team of 11 lawyers, including two partners. With the addition of the Tbilisi, Dentons now employs more than 7800 lawyers in 150 offices across more than 60 countries around the world.

Dentons UK promotions in full:

Virginia Allen, London, employment

Joseph Altendorff, London, corporate

Helen Bowdren, London, environment

Suhail Qureshi, London, tax

Christopher Colclough, Milton Keynes, corporate

David Payton, Milton Keynes, real Estate

Greg Rigby, Milton Keynes, real Estate