Pinsent Masons makes up 23 in largest promotions round in three years

Pinsent Masons is making up 23 lawyers to its partnership this year, in the firm’s largest promotions round since 2015.

The promotions – which will take effect on 1 May – see six women and 17 men made up, with most of the new partners sitting within the firm’s core sectors: energy, financial services, infrastructure, real estate, and advanced manufacturing and technology.

Last year, more than two thirds of the firm’s 16-strong new partner round were female, with 11 women in the group. In 2014, Pinsents set itself a target to have women making up 25% of its partnership by 2018, subsequently revising this upwards, targeting a 30% female partnership by 2020.

Of the 2018 promotions, just under one third of the new partners are outside the UK, with the firm’s offices in Australia and China gaining two new partners apiece. Pinsents opened new offices in Madrid, Dublin, Johannesburg and Perth in 2017.

Pinsents senior partner Richard Foley said: “This is our largest promotions round in three years and demonstrates that we are a growing and increasingly global business. A key ingredient of our success has been a focus on investing in our people.

“We have worked hard to create both a level playing field and an environment in which our people can develop the deep sector-specialism and innovative mindset that characterise a Pinsent Masons partner. All of those being promoted reflect those attributes, along with a deep commitment to the firm’s values, and I offer them my sincere congratulations.”

Earlier this year, Berwin Leighton Paisner became the first leading UK firm to announce its 2018 partner promotions, making up five lawyers to partner in an earlier than usual promotions round, ahead of its pending combination with Bryan Cave.

Pinsent Masons 2018 partner promotions in full:

Mark Baker (financial services, UK)

Charles Blamire-Brown (infrastructure, UK)

Matthew Clayton-Stead (financial services, UK)

Zoe de Courcy Arbiser (infrastructure, UK)

Tim Fearn (financial services, UK)

Stephen Glass (real estate, UK)

Hayley Goldstone (financial services, UK)

Natalie Harris (real estate, UK)

Andrew Herring (advanced manufacturing and technology, UK)

Alvin Ho (infrastructure, China)

Mark Hu (infrastructure, China)

Greg Jones (infrastructure, UK)

William Marshall (infrastructure and energy, Australia)

Ravi Nayer (financial services, UK)

Amie Norris (corporate, UK)

Paul Noble (tax, UK)

Adam Perl (infrastructure and energy, Australia)

Michael Pruessner (corporate, Germany)

Helen Robinson (real estate, UK)

Christopher Sharp (life sciences, UK)

Luke Tapp (employment, Dubai)

Melina Wolman (TMT, France)

David Woods (financial Services, TMT, energy, UK)