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‘We are no longer just making up males in London’: Linklaters increases female partner count to ten in 27-strong promotions round

Linklaters has increased the size of its promotions round for the fifth year in a row, adding 27 lawyers to its partnership.

Taking effect in May, 37% of the new partners elected are women, with the firm exceeding its 30% target after a disappointing male to female ratio in last year’s 26-strong round .

The firm’s Silk Street headquarters saw the largest intake, with 10 made up in the London team across corporate, banking, competition and disputes.

Asia was a close second, reflecting the firm’s focus in expanding in the region: nine lawyers were made up in the firm’s Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul outposts, with one promoted in London as part of the India team.

‘Notwithstanding what’s going on in the world, 27 is a good number, which shows Linklaters is still investing in its people,’ senior partner Charlie Jacobs told Legal Business. ‘I am pleased we are being bullish, I am very pleased with the diversity, both in practice areas and gender. We are no longer just making up males in London, this is much more diverse. This is the sort of talent we have globally.’

The mainstream corporate and banking groups had the largest intake globally, at seven and six respectively, while disputes stood at four.

In the City, Nicholas Edwards, Christopher Boycott, Jonathan Sadler and Rachel Barrett were promoted in the corporate team. The London banking team had only one new partner in Chris Medley, while Julia Dixon and Sebastian Barling were promoted in the financial regulatory group. Teresa Laboucarie-Polak was made up in dispute resolution, Sarah Lindley in tax, Rachel Hetherington in competition.

The continental European partnership took on six new members in Frankfurt, Brussels, Milan, Lisbon, Luxembourg and Warsaw. The US only saw two, both in the New York banking practice.

Linklaters partner promotions in full:

Teresa Laboucarie-Polak, dispute resolution, London

Xavier Taton, dispute resolution, Brussels

Ricardo Guimarães, dispute resolution, Lisbon

Sushil Jacob, corporate/India team in London

Chris Yip, corporate, Hong Kong

Marcin Schulz, corporate, Warsaw

Nicholas Edwards, corporate, London

Rachel Hetherington, competition/antitrust, London

Christopher Boycott, corporate, London

Jonathan Sadler, corporate, London

Rachel Barrett, corporate, London

Sarah Lindley, tax, London

Rémy Bonneau, corporate, Luxembourg

Penelope Jensen, banking, New York

Eamon Nolan, banking, New York

Maggie Ng, banking, Hong Kong

Stephen Song, capital markets, Hong Kong

Gloria Cheung, capital markets, Hong Kong

Hirofumi Taba, projects, Tokyo

Joo Hee Lee, projects, Seoul

Alexander Schlee, capital markets, Frankfurt

Chris Medley, banking, London

James Warboys, banking, London

Julia Dixon, financial regulatory group, London

Sebastian Barling, financial regulatory practice, London

Ettore Consalvi, banking, Milan

Denise Fung, dispute resolution, Hong Kong