Linklaters promotes eight in London in largest promotions round since 2008


Linklaters has promoted 26 lawyers to partner in its largest promotions round since 2008.

The promotions, which take effect from 1 May, include eight partners in the firm’s London headquarters.

The firm has also targeted its continental Europe offices, making up 11 new partners across its Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Luxembourg, Paris, Munich and Warsaw offices.

As well as Europe, the firm promoted two to partner in Singapore, two to partner in Hong Kong, and one each in New York and Abu Dhabi.

The firm has failed to meet its target of ensuring at least 30% of new partner appointments annually are women, which was introduced in 2014. The firm promoted five women this year – 19% of the total.

Last year the firm promoted five women, making up 21% of the total cohort.

It is the firm’s largest promotions round since 2008, when it promoted 28 to partner. Linklaters made up 23 lawyers to partner in 2015 and 24 last year.

The firm’s corporate division and its finance and projects division each received 46% of the new partners, while dispute resolution had its ranks boosted by two partners – 8% of the total round.

Linklaters senior partner, Charlie Jacobs, said: “The exceptional quality of today’s newly elected partners reflects our commitment to attracting, retaining and promoting the most talented lawyers in jurisdictions and practices around the world.

“We are disappointed that we have failed to reach our target for female partners in this year’s election. We remain absolutely committed to this important goal and acknowledge that despite firmwide progress on diversity, we must and will strive to do better.”

Earlier this week, Legal Week revealed that Linklaters had brought forward its annual partner election process, so that new partners will be able to attend its partner conference for the first time.

New partner promotions in full

London Fionnghuala Griggs – corporate Ian Callaghan – banking Ilia Ditiatev – projects James Morgan – tax Kanyaka Ramamurthi – corporate Mavnick Nerwal – tax Reza Taylor – capital markets Yohan Liyanage – TMT IP

Amsterdam Alexander Harmse – capital markets

Paris Jean-Charles Jais – dispute resolution Laurent Victor-Michel – corporate Pierre Thomet – corporate

Frankfurt Andreas Dehio – financial regulation Burkhard Rinne – capital markets Christian Schmitt – dispute resolution

Munich Dirk Horcher – corporate

Warsaw Janusz Dzianachowski – real estate

Luxembourg Melinda Perera – banking

Lisbon Rui Camacho Palma – tax

Abu Dhabi Andrew Jennens – banking

Hong Kong Iris Leung – capital markets Sumit Indwar – financial regulation

Singapore Laure de Panafieu – employment and incentives Parthiv Rishi – corporate

Shanghai John Xu – corporate

New York Robert Trust – banking