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Bird & Bird has prioritised Europe once again in its annual promotions round, with just one lawyer out of 16 hailing from outside the region.
A total of 15 new partners have been elected across the UK and continental Europe, including six in the UK and four in Germany. The Netherlands and Spain have seen two appointments each.
Just one lawyer has been promoted in the Asia-Pacific region – namely intellectual property partner Troy Gurnett in Australia.
This year’s promotions round is nearly double the size of 2016 when just nine lawyers were made up. Last year’s appointments were similarly Europe-heavy, with London and continental Europe each seeing four new partners.
While Bird & Bird promoted far more partners than last year, Irwin Mitchell announced a similar round to last year when 13 new partners were made up.
This year, Irwin Mitchell has promoted 15 lawyers across the country, including seven in the firm’s business legal services group and six in the personal team.
The firm has also made up two people to associate director positions – the partner-level equivalent for non-lawyers at Irwin Mitchell. Head of strategy in IT Graham Clark is promoted, alongside Glen Walker, the director of the firm’s debt recovery business Ascent Performance Group.
Six lawyers have been promoted at fellow national firm Shoosmiths – the majority of whom work in Birmingham.
Last year the firm made up five new partners, with real estate continuing to account for the bulk of promotions.
Holman Fenwick Willan’s promotions, however, are far off its appointment of nine new partners in 2016.
Just three new lawyers have been made up this year in London and Brussels.
The firm also promoted four new legal directors – a newly created role that recognises an alternative career to partnership.
Bird & Bird partner promotions in full
Gabriel Voisin, data protection, UK
Bryony Hurst, dispute resolution, UK
Ewan Grist, intellectual property, UK
Craig Giles, commercial, UK
Shing Lo, corporate, UK
Zoe Feller, tax, UK
Matthias Spilker. commercial, Germany
Christopher Maierhoefer, intellectual property, Germany
Lennart Schuessler, data protection, Germany
Kai Kerger, corporate, Germany
Mikko Ahonen, corporate, Finland
Janneke Kohlen, commercial, Netherlands
Paul Waszink, commercial, Netherlands
Miguel Pastur, employment, Spain
Jose Luis Lorente, financial services, Spain
Troy Gurnett, intellectual property, Australia
Holman Fenwick Willan partner promotions in full
Stéphanie Golinvaux, aviation, Brussels
Gavin Hadfield, risk and compliance, London
Andrew Williams, commercial, London
Irwin Mitchell partner promotions in full
Business legal services division
Daniel Hedley, corporate and commercial, Gatwick
James Paton-Philip, corporate and commercial, London
Emily Williams, real estate, Manchester
Paul Barnard, , real estate, Manchester
Kevin Fox, real estate, Sheffield
Tom Paton, restructuring and insolvency, Sheffield
James Berry, litigation, Sheffield
Personal legal services division
Joanna Grewer, Court of Protection, Birmingham
Emma Rush, medical law, Birmingham
Ian Toft, asbestos-related diseases, Leeds
Sital Fontenelle, family, London
Sarah Griggs, serious injury, London
Nathaniel Groarke, family, Manchester
Shoosmiths partner promotions in full
David Perry, real estate, Birmingham
Catherine Hood, real estate, Birmingham
Aaron Harlow, restructuring & insolvency, Birmingham
Joe Stephenson, commercial, Birmingham
Ruth Clare, real estate, Manchester
Lisa Keating, recoveries services, Northampton
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