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Stephenson Harwood and Charles Russell Speechlys promote nine to partnership in bumper rounds

Both Stephenson Harwood and Charles Russell Speechlys have promoted nine partners, with the two firms almost doubling the number of promotions they made last year.

With its 2016 round promotions as its largest ever, Stephenson Harwood has made hires across its London, Paris, Hong Kong, Piraeus and Dubai offices, with three finance partners, two corporate partners making up five of the nine promotions. The firm has also appointed two marine and international trade local partners in their Hong Kong office. The nine promotions boost the number of partners the firm has hired to 12 during the 2015/16 financial year.

Last year the firm had promoted five all in London, across three practice areas with its marine and international trade, commercial litigation and finance groups.

Stephenson Harwood chief executive Sharon White said it was ‘particularly heartening’ to be announcing the firm’s highest number of internal partner promotions.

Charles Russell Speechlys has also promoted nine, hiring three in Guilford and the rest in London.

The promotion round is the second since the Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham merger in 2014, creating a firm with 170 partners, a total of 500 lawyers, and combined revenues of £135m.

Last year the firm had made up five lawyers, across its private client, real estate, corporate, restructuring and commercial practices.

Senior partner Christopher Page said: ‘they are all outstanding practitioners in their fields and a credit to the firm, exemplifying our values. The breath of talent that we’re promoting this year, including 14 who have been with us throughout their careers since they were trainees, reflects our greatest strength as a business: our people. We have never lost sight of the fact that it is the quality and dedication to client service of our people that drives our continued success.’

Stephenson Harwood partner promotions in full:

Graeme Barton, corporate (projects and infrastructure), London

Anthony Chan, corporate, Hong Kong

Roy Chan, finance, Hong Kong

Nicolas Demigneux, commercial litigation, Paris

Rob Jacob, intellectual property, London

Kiersten Lucas, employment, London

Dora Mace-Kokota, finance, London

John Meehan, tax, London

Chris Vartzis, finance, Piraeus

Charles Russell Speechly partner promotions in full:

Jamie Cartwright, litigation dispute resolution, Guildford

David Coates, corporate, London

Thomas Duggins, family, London

James Eighteen, litigation dispute resolution, London

Martin Griffiths, corporate tax, London

William Marriott, private property, Guildford

Tamasin Perkins, contentious trusts and estates, London

Ben Smith, employment, Guildford

Nicola Thorpe, private client, London