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Partner promotions: Skadden makes up one in London from 15-strong round

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has increased its promotions round again with 15 new partners being made up though it sees just one being brought up through the ranks in London.

International arbitration and litigation lawyer David Edwards arrival will take the firm’s City disputes practice’s headcount to 30 partners. His work has included acting for AAR in its dispute with BP over the oil major’s attempt to form a US$16bn alliance with Rosneft and Vivendi Universal in a dispute with T-Mobile.

Both Sao Paulo and Hong Kong, also saw one lawyer made up with the majority of promotions taking place in the US with seven in New York, and one each in Houston, Chicago, Washington DC, Palo Alto and Boston. By practice area, the promotions were spread across various groups including corporate, corporate finance, tax, IP and technology, and government enforcement and white collar.

London office head Pranav Trivedi said: ‘We are delighted to welcome David to the partnership. His track record in major disputes in recent years is extremely impressive, and he has played a key role in developing our arbitration practice to its current position as one of the best in the world.’

The firm promoted eleven lawyers to the partnership in April 2014, and that time also made up just one lawyer in the City. In 2013, only three were made up.