RPC, DAC Beachcroft and Bond Dickinson unveil 2017 partner promotions

City of London

A raft of UK top 50 firms, including RPC, DAC Beachcroft and Bond Dickinson, have announced their latest partner promotions as the 2017-18 financial year gets underway.

DAC Beachcroft, Weightmans and Blake Morgan have all promoted nine lawyers to their partnerships, while Bond Dickinson and RPC have made up three and four respectively.

The new RPC partners are all based in London. All four are male – professional and financial risks lawyer Toby Higginson, banking litigator Chris Ross, contentious construction lawyer David Thorne, and Toby Savage, an insurance disputes lawyer with a focus on the energy sector.

Meanwhile, DAC Beachcroft’s nine new partners comprise four in Leeds, two in Birmingham and one each in Newcastle, London and Bristol. Four of the new partners are women.

The total number of promotions is slightly down on recent years, after 12 were made up last year, with 15 in 2015 and 16 in 2014. At the same time, the firm has also made up seven new legal directors.

Elsewhere, Bond Dickinson has made up three lawyers across its Newcastle and London offices.

The two promotions in Newcastle are Caroline Churchill, who focuses on non-contentious commercial, technology and data protection work, and real estate lawyer Tom Willows; while the new London partner is Rachel Scott, whose practice focuses on the transport and infrastructure sectors.

The promotions bring the total number of partners in the firm to 126.

Weightmans has promoted nine to its partnership, a significant increase on last year, when just three lawyers made the grade. The round – which the firm says is its biggest round of fixed share member promotions in five years – includes two female lawyers.

Fellow UK top 50 firm Blake Morgan has also made up nine lawyers, including one in London, four in Southampton, three in Reading and one in Cardiff.

DAC Beachcroft partner promotions in full

Clare Hartley, real estate, Leeds Jemma Lewis, claims solutions: motor, Birmingham Sandeep Mahal, claims solutions: property, Birmingham Stephen McLellan, construction & insurance, Newcastle Colin Moore, claims solutions: casualty, London Jo Neale, clinical risk, Leeds James Tallant, claims solutions: casualty, Leeds Eleanor Tunnicliffe, public law, Leeds Jonathan White, corporate and commercial, Bristol

Weightmans partner promotions in full

Dewi Ap Thomas, regulatory Nilesh Bathia, public bodies Deborah Edwards, insurance James Hough, public bodies Keith Jones, insurance James Knowles, private client Alex Marler, insurance Simon Turner, public bodies Hannah Walsh, public bodies

Blake Morgan partner promotions in full

Oliver Weiss, employment, London Steve Cole, banking, Southampton Daniel Curtis, real estate, Southampton Ed McMullen, built environment, Southampton Kate New, property litigation, Southampton Rebecca North, banking, Thames Valley Rajiv Joshi, employment, Thames Valley Michael Ward, real estate, Thames Valley