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Tough odds for City hopefuls as NRF and Camerons both make up only two London partners

Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has promoted just two City lawyers to partner in a 39-strong promotions round that focused heavily on its US offering while CMS Cameron McKenna saw 12 make it to partner.

NRF announced today (29 April) that it has promoted 39 to partner – of which 12 are female – across seven of its global practice groups covering banking and finance, disputes, corporate, intellectual property, tax, real estate, and employment.

Only two made the grade in London – in finance and real estate respectively – while the US took the most appointments with 14, followed by Canada with seven, Europe with seven, Australia with six, Asia and South Africa with two respectively, and one in the Middle East. Banking and finance saw the most investment with 13 in the practice area appointed, followed by disputes with 12 and corporate with six.

The promotions constitute a marked drop on last year’s figures when 51 lawyers were made up to partner.

NRF chief executive Peter Martyr said it ‘underlines our global strategy across the firm and illustrates our continued dedication to the expansion of our core markets’.

CMS Cameron McKenna, meanwhile, made up 12 partners in a 31-strong round across the wider CMS grouping. This year in London only two were promoted alongside a further three in Scotland.

John Craske and Fiona Letham, who lead the Legal Services Unit at CMS, have also been promoted to the role of LSU director, with effect from 1 May. The unit currently comprises 30 paralegals, located in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and in the three years since its launch has more than tripled in size.

The promotions follow the election of Stephen Millar to managing partner of CMS Cameron McKenna earlier this year. Millar will officially succeed Duncan Weston on 1 May.

CMS senior partner Penelope Warne said: ‘It is very good to see the female representation of our global promotions remaining high a reflection of the inclusive culture we are proud of at CMS.’

Norton Rose Fulbright partner promotions 2016:


Paul Coggins (banking and finance, Tokyo)*

Harold Tin (corporate, M&A and securities, Hong Kong)


Jeffery Black (banking and finance, Perth)

Ben Davis (dispute resolution, Melbourne)

Georgina Hey (intellectual property, Sydney)

John Moran (dispute resolution, Sydney)

Tim Mornane (banking and finance, Sydney)

Meriel Steadman (dispute resolution, Perth)


Demian Barbas (intellectual property, Montreal)

Catherine Biron (employment and labour, Montreal)

Andrea Brewer (corporate, M&A and securities, Toronto)

Horia Bundaru (dispute resolution, Montreal)

Evan Cobb (banking and finance, Toronto)

Michael Lieberman (real estate, Toronto)

Lara Mason (dispute resolution, Calgary)


Mark Craggs (banking and finance, London)

Sven Förster (dispute resolution, Munich)

Peter Holst (corporate, M&A and securities, Frankfurt)

Salvatore Iannitti (corporate, M&A and securities, Milan)

Floortje Nagelkerke (banking and finance, Amsterdam)

Charles Pinkerton (real estate, London)

Katrin Stieß (corporate, M&A and securities, Munich)

Middle East

Robin Balmer (banking and finance, Dubai)

South Africa

Zaida Kathrada (banking and finance, Johannesburg)

Brian Alade Shonubi (banking and finance, Johannesburg)


Jason Boland (banking and finance, Houston)

Alexander Clark (tax, Dallas)

Carter Dugan (dispute resolution, Houston)

Jessica Farley (dispute resolution, Houston)

Shea Haass (dispute resolution, Dallas)

Greg Moore (dispute resolution, Houston)

Spencer Persson (dispute resolution, Los Angeles)

Nathan Rees (intellectual property, Dallas)

Ann La Morena Rohlin (banking and finance, Los Angeles)

Peter Smith (tax, Austin)

Ronald Smith (dispute resolution, Dallas)

Jay Stiffler (corporate and securities, Houston)

Russell Trice (banking and finance, Los Angeles)

Alyssa Vazquez (banking and finance, New York)


CMS Cameron McKenna partner promotions 2016:

Banking and finance

Elitsa Ivanova (Sofia, Bulgaria)

Jenny Allan (Edinburgh)

Corporate and commercial

Darina Baltadjieva (Sofia, Bulgaria)

Jack Letson (Glasgow)

Marija Tesic (Belgrade, Serbia)

Nick Blair (London)

Olga Belyakova (Kyiv, Ukraine)

Competition and EU

Raško Radovanović (Belgrade, Serbia)

Energy, environment, projects and construction

Graeme Clubley (Aberdeen)

Jeremie Witt (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Piotr Ciolkowski (Warsaw, Poland)

Sarah King (London)