NRF London partner promotions flat at eight in North America-focused round

NRF London partner promotions flat at eight in North America-focused round

Norton Rose Fulbright has promoted 48 lawyers to partner and five to the South African partner-equivalent role of director, increasing its intake on last year’s 46.

Promotions in its City base stayed the same as last year at eight, however, as the firm focused heavily on its American business, which accounted for more than half of the intake. The firm minted 13 lawyers in the US and 14 in Canada. Continue reading “NRF London partner promotions flat at eight in North America-focused round”

Hogan Lovells ramps up London partner promotions in 29-strong round

Hogan Lovells ramps up London partner promotions in 29-strong round

Hogan Lovells has increased partnership promotions in the City for the fourth successive year, minting eight in London amid a slightly scaled back round.

The firm announced today (6 January) it has promoted 29 of its lawyer to the partnership in the last round overseen by chief executive Steve Immelt (pictured), who will hand over to Miguel Zaldivar in June following a confirmatory vote by partnership in late December last year. The firm made 30 promotions last year. Continue reading “Hogan Lovells ramps up London partner promotions in 29-strong round”

Kirkland alumni gets nod as Sidley promotes two in London following 30-strong promotion round

Kirkland alumni gets nod as Sidley promotes two in London following 30-strong promotion round

Sidley Austin has promoted two of its City associates to partner, including one of the 40 lawyers who has joined the firm from Chicago rival Kirkland & Ellis over the last three years.

The round announced today (12 December) saw the number of those minted in the City lift on last year, when the firm only promoted one, but saw Sidley focus heavily on its Washington DC branch, which accounted for 11 of the 30 global promotions. Continue reading “Kirkland alumni gets nod as Sidley promotes two in London following 30-strong promotion round”

The City and St Louis share the spoils of 17-strong BCLP global promotion round

The City and St Louis share the spoils of 17-strong BCLP global promotion round

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has promoted five partners in London, the same number as in St Louis, in its second promotion round since becoming a merged entity last year.

The firm promoted 17 globally, six fewer than last year, although London saw an increased investment on the three promoted in 2018. Continue reading “The City and St Louis share the spoils of 17-strong BCLP global promotion round”

Weil makes up four in the City as women dominate global promotions for the first time

Weil makes up four in the City as women dominate global promotions for the first time

In an industry struggling to make good on long-held promises to achieve diversity at the partnership level, Weil, Gotshal & Manges has gone against the grain by making up more women than men to partner for the first time in its latest round.

The firm promoted 16 globally, of which nine new partners were women and seven men. Executive partner Barry Wolf claimed the latest round was the most diverse in the firm’s history. Continue reading “Weil makes up four in the City as women dominate global promotions for the first time”

Mayer Brown makes up three in the City in 27-strong global partner promotion round

Mayer Brown makes up three in the City in 27-strong global partner promotion round

Mayer Brown has promoted three lawyers to partner in London in a scaled back round that saw 27 partners minted globally.

The firm has been more conservative in its promotions across the board than last year, when it promoted four in London as part of a round that saw 34 made partner globally. As with last year’s round, Mayer Brown managed only one female partner promotion in the City. Continue reading “Mayer Brown makes up three in the City in 27-strong global partner promotion round”

City promotions drop for Latham in US-driven partnership round

City promotions drop for Latham in US-driven partnership round

Latham & Watkins has promoted 33 lawyers to partner, with its London outpost accounting for 15% of those getting the nod.

Effective from January 2020, the promotion round sees a marked decrease in the number associates made up in London, with five promoted compared to last year’s exceptional bumper round of nine. Continue reading “City promotions drop for Latham in US-driven partnership round”

Partner promotions: Cleary bypasses the City as Ropes again makes up just one in London

Partner promotions: Cleary bypasses the City as Ropes again makes up just one in London

Despite previously denying claims that the firm is retrenching in London, Ropes & Gray has promoted just one new partner in the City as part of a 16-strong round while Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has neglected its London arm entirely.

The promotion of Elizabeth Todd to partner in Ropes’ City private equity transactions practice is another sign of the firm’s conservative approach to investing in London after last year promoting only one full-time partner, Aditya Khanna in corporate finance. Continue reading “Partner promotions: Cleary bypasses the City as Ropes again makes up just one in London”

White & Case’s City partner promotions drop to three in shift from NYLon focus amid 45-strong round

White & Case’s City partner promotions drop to three in shift from NYLon focus amid 45-strong round

In an unusual move, White & Case has largely overlooked London in its latest partnership promotions as the firm minted only three in the City as part of its largest ever round.

The firm announced today (11 October) that as of January 2020 it will promote 45 of its lawyers to partner, four more than last year, but promotions in the City dropped by ten from 13 in the previous round. Continue reading “White & Case’s City partner promotions drop to three in shift from NYLon focus amid 45-strong round”

Kirkland smashes promotion round record for elite firm with 141 new partners and 16 in the City

Kirkland smashes promotion round record for elite firm with 141 new partners and 16 in the City

The world’s highest-grossing law firm Kirkland & Ellis has unveiled the largest partner promotion round ever seen by a top legal practice, making up 141 partners, including 16 in the City.

The move continues the Chicago-bred giant’s dramatic ascent, adding 19 to last year’s eye-catching 122-strong round and comes at a time when many peers are restricting partnership to push up partner profits. Continue reading “Kirkland smashes promotion round record for elite firm with 141 new partners and 16 in the City”