BLP and Charles Russell Speechlys partner numbers fall in latest promotion rounds

Berwin Leighton Paisner

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has promoted four to the partnership while Charles Russell Speechlys has promoted six new partners, in their respective promotion rounds.

In 2016, BLP promoted 17 new partners with a total of 14 promoted to the partnership in the London office alone. However, in 2015 the firm made up just five.

The two London lawyers to make the partnership this year are corporate lawyer Patrick Johnson and real estate lawyer Gareth Stringer. The other partners made up are Frankfurt finance lawyer Philippe Kamarowsky and Moscow litigation and corporate risk lawyer Vitaly Dianov.

The new appointments, effective from 1 May 2017, are all male – compared to last year when the firm made up five female partners.

BLP managing partner Lisa Mayhew said: “2017 has produced four outstanding lawyers worthy of their promotions. Those joining our partnership will be role models and encourage others to progress their careers at our firm.

“Our new partners have proved themselves as experts in client handling and are committed to growing their respective practice areas. They are the future leaders of our firm and we are very proud of them.”

Meanwhile Charles Russell Speechlys has made up six lawyers to partner in its latest round of promotions, a drop from nine last year.

Four of the new partners are women, equating to 66% of the new cohort, with the new partners working across a range of practice areas including private property; business services; real estate, planning and environmental; and construction, engineering and projects.

The firm has also promoted 22 lawyers to legal director and senior associate roles.

Last year, the firm promoted nine lawyers to partner, including two women.

Charles Russell Speechlys senior partner Christopher Page said: “These promotions are a reward for hard work, quality skills, top service to our clients and considerable contribution to enhancing the values and reputation of the firm.

“Ten of those promoted joined us as trainees, which indicates the level of commitment we have to providing quality career development opportunities. Our hard work and dedicated focus on diversity is paying dividends, with almost two thirds of those promoted being female.”

Charles Russell Speechlys partner promotions 2017 in full

Paul Arathoon – business services, London Helen Hutton – real estate, planning and environmental, London Rupa Lakha – construction, engineering and projects, London Naomi Nettleton – real estate, Cheltenham Michael O’Connor – construction, engineering and projects, London Sakhjit Randhawa – private property, London