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Pinsents hits female partner target ahead of schedule in 16-strong promotions round

An early mover in announcing its 2017 partner promotions, Pinsent Masons has made up 16 partners, including enough female partners to reach its 25% representation target a year early.

The promotions take place from 1 May, with women making up 68% of the new cohort. The round is a slight drop on last year’s promotions, when the firm added 18 new partners.

The firm had set a 25% female partner representation target for the partnership by 2018. Pinsents has now said it will aim for a longer term target of 30% female representation, although a date for that target has yet to be set.

The majority of the new promotions come in the UK, with seven in the City, two in Manchester one apiece from Leeds, Birmingham, Glasgow and Belfast.

Germany gained two new partners, while the firm also made up its first partner in Australia, promoting Sadie Andrew in Sydney, having launched offices in Sydney and Melbourne with five partners in 2015.’

Pinsents senior partner Richard Foley (pictured) said: ‘It is really inspiring to see the talent within our firm flourishing. We have worked hard to ensure a level playing field. All of those who have achieved this personal landmark have done so on merit and share our wider commitment to sector focus, legal excellence and innovation.’

In January, Hogan Lovells appointed three London partners in its 29-strong global promotions round, while 19 were made up in the US.

Pinsent Masons promotions by office


Chris Breen, TMT

Alistair Calvert, energy

Sofia Parra Martinez, infrastructure

Gurmukh Riyat, Infrastructure, Energy

Alison Ross Eckford, TMT

Sonal Shah, Infrastructure

Natalie Trainor, TMT


John Bruce, Infrastructure


Helen Cordon, TMT


Claire Edwards, financial service

Katherine Sneddon, Infrastructure


Joanna Robinson, Real Estate


Christine Yuill, Tax

Germany, Munich

Christian Lutkehaus, energy

Kirsten Wolgast, TMT

Australia, Sydney

Sadie Andrew, Infrastructure