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Partner promotions: even split across Australia and London as HSF promotes 23

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