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Partner promotions: Slaughters bucks trend to make up seven London partners

While partnership promotions among the City elite have generally been on the wane in recent years, Slaughter and May has today (19 March) announced the promotion of seven lawyers to its partnership in London, a significant increase on the previous two years which saw only two partners made up. 

Jonathan Clark is now a dispute resolution partner for the firm, Jordan Ellison and Anna Lyle-Smythe have been made competition partners, Susannah Macknay has been promoted to corporate partner and Azadeh Nassiri is now a partner in the finance practice, while Dominic Robertson and Tom Vickers have been made up in the tax and restructuring practices respectively.

The firm now has 119 partners, the majority of which, 109, are based in London. This figure also includes the three partners made up in Hong Kong in January, which included the firm’s first-ever lateral hire, John Moore, who joined from Morrison & Foerster. The last time the firm promoted more than seven associates to partnership, was in 2006 when eight were made up.

‘We are delighted to welcome seven very talented new partners. They cover a range of practice areas and will, I know, make a tremendous contribution to the firm’s practice,’ said Chris Saul, senior partner at the firm.

Following the election of Macknay, Lyle-Smythe and Azadeh Nassiri, 20% of the firm’s partnership is now female.