Clyde & Co makes up a record 16 lawyers to partner

Clyde & Co has made up 16 new partners, including eight women, in its largest ever promotions round.

In 2015 the firm promoted 13 partners, five of who were women, up from nine new partners in 2014, when two of the new partners were female.

The 2016 promotions, which are effective from 1 May, will take Clyde’s partnership to 375.

Eight of the promotions are in the firm’s UK offices: five in London, two in Edinburgh and one in Guildford.

Internationally, the firm has promoted two partners in Sydney, two partners in Abu Dhabi and one each in Paris, San Francisco, Singapore and Dubai.

James Burns, Clydes senior partner, said: “The size of the group demonstrates the top quality calibre of the candidates coming through, the opportunities available to talented individuals at this firm and the importance we place on developing and investing in our people.

“I’m especially pleased with the diversity of gender, geography and sectors in this year’s new partner group, which reflects the diverse nature of our business.”

Speaking to Legal Week in 2015, Burns laid out ambitious expansion plans that he said could double the size of the firm over a ten year period.

The firm has added 95 partners in the last year, through a combination of mergers, lateral hires and promotions.

Clyde’s has made 34 lateral hires in the last 12 months and added 45 partners following its merger with Scottish firm Simpson and Marwick in October 2015.

Further expansion looks likely with Miami and Chicago both targets for new offices and Latin America also high on the agenda.

Promotions in full

David M