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Stephenson Harwood promotes three in reduced round as TLT introduces eight new partners

Stephenson Harwood has promoted three to partner in a reduced round following last year’s largest ever nine partner intake, while TLT has increased its promotions with six making partner.

Alongside the three, the firm has also made up one to local partner. Commercial litigation lawyers Donna Newman, Sophie Schultz and finance lawyer George Vaughton have been promoted in the firm’s London office while finance lawyer Elton Chan will become a local partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office.

In 2016 Stephenson Harwood promoted nine lawyers across its London, Paris, Hong Kong, Piraeus and Dubai offices, with three finance partners and two corporate partners making up five of the nine promotions. The firm also appointed two marine and international trade local partners in their Hong Kong office. In 2015 the firm had promoted five, all in London.

Meanwhile, TLT has promoted seven associates and one legal director to partner. Litigation lawyer Matthew Forrest, employment lawyer Siobhan Fitzgerald, commercial lawyers Dan Read and Patrick Sweeney, real estate lawyers Matthew Grimwood and Patrick Sheehan, corporate lawyer Antonia Silvestri and commercial dispute resolution lawyer Victoria Mabbett will all become partners on 1 May.

Five of TLT’s promotions are based in the firm’s Bristol office with two in Manchester and one in London. The firm has also promoted four real estate associates to legal director.

Senior partner Andrew Glynn said: ‘This is our largest round of promotions in a number of years, signifying the growth of the firm across the UK. We attribute that growth to the dedication and hard work of our people, and are pleased to be able to recognise and reward it. It is also notable that an increasing number of those promoted have flexible working arrangements, and the firm continues to explore these and other methods of retaining talent within the business.’

TLT made up six lawyers to partner last year, bringing the firm’s total partner headcount to over 100 for the first time. The promotions were in the firm’s commercial services, and banking and lender services groups, with lawyers based in Belfast, Bristol, London and Manchester.

Promotions in full:

Stephenson Harwood

Donna Newman, commercial litigation, London

Sophie Schultz, commercial litigation, London

George Vaughton, finance, London

Elton Chan, finance, Hong Kong


Matthew Forrest, property litigation, Manchester

Siobhan Fitzgerald, employment, Bristol

Dan Read, commercial law, Bristol

Patrick Sweeney, commercial law, London

Matthew Grimwood, real estate, Bristol

Patrick Sheehan, real estate, Manchester

Antonia Silvestri, corporate, Bristol

Victoria Mabbett, commercial dispute resolution, Bristol