Magic circle promotions fall to five-year low as CC and Linklaters drive progress on gender

Number of magic circle lawyers making partner dips 10% as proportion of women rises

The number of lawyers making partner at the magic circle has fallen to its lowest level since 2014, with this year’s total down more than 10% on last year.

Across the five firms – Clifford Chance (CC), Slaughter and May, Linklaters, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy (A&O) – there were 88 new partners made up this year, down from 98 last year, marking the lowest overall total since 2014, when 83 were promoted.

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