Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) today announced that it has promoted 23 of its lawyers to the firm’s partnership. The promotions will take effect on 1 May, the same day that Mark Rigotti and Sonya Leydecker take over as co- chief executive officers of the firm.
The number of partners promoted is up on last year, which saw 19 added to the partnership.
The appointments are spread fairly evenly across HSF’s global network, covering nine offices, with 12 partners being based in the UK and EMEA region. 11 partners will be based in the Asia-Pacific region. The City office saw the most number of promotions, with 11 new partners, while seven associates were made partner in Australia.
Senior partner Jonathan Scott said: ‘Congratulations to all our new partners. Their technical ability and commitment to clients across a diverse range of practices, sectors and geographies mark them out as lawyers who will make an important contribution to the firm as we continue to take advantage of the enhanced global platform from which we are now operating.’
Of the 23 partners, nine are being made up in disputes, five in London alone. The firm was hit by a string of high-profile dispute partner departures following the merger of legacy Herbert Smith and Freehills in October 2012, including Ted Greeno leaving for Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan last year; Kevin Lloyd joining Debevoise & Plimpton in December 2012; and Simon Bushell leaving for Latham & Watkins last February.
The full list of partner promotions:
Steve Bell – Employment, Pensions and Incentives, Melbourne
Thomas Bethel – Finance, London
Tim Briggs – Competition, Regulation and Trade, London
William Breeze – Finance, London
Natalie Bryce – Corporate, Brisbane
Chris Bushell – Disputes, London
Andrew Cannon – Disputes, London
Dominic Geiser – Disputes, Hong Kong
Ante Golem – Disputes, Perth
Phil Hart – Corporate, Sydney
Julie Jankowski – Real Estate, Sydney
Natasha Johnson – Disputes, London
Nanda Lau – Corporate, Shanghai
David Nitek – Disputes, London
Matthew Osborne – Projects, Singapore
Ruth Overington – Disputes, Melbourne
Sarah Pollock – Corporate, London
Emma Rohsler – Employment, Pensions and Incentives, Paris
Gregg Rowan – Disputes, London
Patrick Sands – Disputes, Melbourne
Fergus Smith – Finance, Hong Kong
Gavin Williams, Corporate, London
Christine Young – Employment, Pensions and Incentives, London