Freshfields makes up five London lawyers in historically small partner promotions round

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has made up 12 lawyers to its partnership in one of the firm’s smallest ever partner promotions rounds.

The firm has made up five lawyers in London, including two female partners – Emma Rachmaninov and Samantha Trevan, in the corporate and dispute resolution practices respectively.

It is the smallest round since 2006, when the firm promoted 11 lawyers.

Women make up 25% of the cohort, the lowest proportion since 2014 when they represented a fifth of the promotions round.

In contrast, last year saw the firm make up 18 lawyers in its largest round since 2012, while women made of 28% of that group.

The majority of the appointments this year have been made in corporate (seven), followed by dispute resolution (four).

The firm’s new partners will be spread across its London, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Madrid, Singapore, Hong Kong and Duesseldorf offices.

This year, there have been no appointments in the US or Middle East compared to one apiece in 2017.

Freshfields senior partner Edward Braham said: “We are very pleased to announce the promotion of some of our most capable and committed lawyers to partner. They are all outstanding practitioners and we have every confidence their qualities will help us to strengthen our international and market-leading offering.”

The appointments are effective from 1 May.

Freshfields 2018 partnership promotions in full:

Markus Benzing, Frankfurt, corporate

Richard Blair, Hong Kong, corporate

David Brooks, London, corporate

Deba Das, London, dispute resolution

Alfonso de Marcos, Madrid, corporate

Nigel Gleeson, Singapore, corporate

Nicholas Guenther, Duesseldorf, corporate

Julia Haas, Hamburg, real estate

Emma Rachmaninov, London, corporate

Daniel Schnabl, Frankfurt, dispute resolution

Rhodri Thomas, London, dispute resolution

Samantha Trevan, London, dispute resolution