Osborne Clarke (OC) has promoted five associate directors to its UK partnership, taking its total number of partners past the 200 mark for the first time.
The UK partner promotions at Legal Business‘ Law Firm of the Year are evenly spread across different practice areas, including corporate, real estate, tax and financial services. Geographically, two associates each were promoted in both the firm’s London and Bristol offices, and another in its Thames Valley office.
UK managing partner Ray Berg (pictured) said the new partners were decided on due to a mix of business and strategic demand within the relevant practice groups, as well as the individual strengths of each candidate.
‘This year there were really strong cases based strategically on the practice group and the personal attributes each of the candidates had,’ said Berg. ‘They have been incredibly focused, hardworking and ambitious. They have bought into the strategy of the firm – each of the people we have promoted has a strong sector-specific angle to the area in which they work, regardless of their specialism as a lawyer, and they have aligned themselves with parts of the business where they think they can add value. Each of them has worked out an opportunity best placed to their strengths. They’re bright, they’re dynamic and they embody what we stand for as a firm.’
The five promotions match the number made up by the firm in 2014. Over the last three years, the firm has hired approximately 50 laterals and made 22 internal partnership promotions internationally.
The partner promotions are:
Rebecca Clarke, real estate, Thames Valley
Simon Hancock, projects, Bristol
Kate Johnson, financial services, London
Mathias Loertscher, digital business, London
Tracey Wright, tax, Bristol