Charles Russell Speechlys adds nine to partnership

Charles Russell Speechlys has appointed nine lawyers to its partnership in its 2016 round. 

Six of the new partners are in the firm’s London office, with the remaining three in the firm’s Guildford base.

Two of the new partners are female, equating to 22% of the group, with the new partners working across a range of practice areas: litigation and dispute resolution, corporate, family, private property, contentious trusts and estates, employment and private client.

The promotion round is the firm’s second since it was created through the merger of legacy Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham in November 2014.

Last year the firm promoted five lawyers to partner, including three women. 

The firm reported last July that its revenue rose to £134.5m in the 2014-15 financial year following the merger.  It marked an increase of 3.3% compared with the combined pre-merger revenues of the legacy firms. In 2013-14 Charles Russell’s turnover was £73.4m, while Speechly Bircham reported revenue of £56.8m.

Christopher Page, senior partner at Charles Russell Speechlys, said of the promotions: “The breath of talent that we’re promoting this year reflects our greatest strength as a business: our people.”

News of Charles Russell Speechlys’ promotions comes after both Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith Freehills announced their promotion rounds yesterday.

Charles Russell Speechlys 2016 partner promotions in full:

Jamie Cartwright – litigation dispute resolution, Guildford
David Coates – corporate, London
Thomas Duggins – family, London
James Eighteen – litigation dispute desolution, London
Martin Griffiths – corporate tax, London
William Marriott – private property, Guildford
Tamasin Perkins – contentious trusts and estates, London
Ben Smith – employment, Guildford
Nicola Thorpe – private client, London