Legal Business

Gender diversity improves as law firms make bumper partner promotions

The annual round of partner promotions at City firms looked a lot more international this year as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Slaughter and May, Addleshaw Goddard, Mishcon de Reya and Pinsent Masons announced who made the grade, while there were also signs the profession is improving its gender diversity record.

Slaughter and May, which last year made up its highest number of international promotions as it elected three Hong Kong associates to partner, made up four partners as part of its London round. With law firms under pressure and pushing to improve gender diversity, this latest round puts the firm in good stead to achieve a more balanced partnership in the years to come, with two of those made up being women. Last year three out of seven London promotions were female.