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Lateral Partner Moves in London


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Welcome to our series of round-ups of all the latest lateral partner moves in the London legal market.


It seems partners today have such a penchant for moving firms that it's almost impossible to keep track of all their comings and goings. We hope you find our regular updates a useful overview of which partners have moved (and where to) and which firms have been recruiting at a lateral level.


July/August 2017 round up of lateral partner moves in London


Welcome to the latest round up of lateral partner moves in the legal market from Edwards Gibson where we look back at announced partner-level recruitment activity in London over the past two months and give you a ‘who’s moved where’ update.


There were a total of 66 announced partner hires in July and August – up around 50% on the numbers recorded during the same period over the preceding two years.


The sharply elevated figures on the historical run rate are all the more surprising given that there were no large multi-team partner hires to bolster the numbers. In part the explanation for the increase in recorded moves is the disproportionately high number of City partners joining, or setting up, boutiques. Moreover, 18% of the reported moves were non-partners moving for partnership promotion.    


Of note there were seven partners joining from magic circle law firms - although only four of these were existing serving partners. The most acquisitive firm in this edition was Fletcher Day, which hired four commercial law partners, alongside DLA Piper, Baker & McKenzie, Reed Smith, Locke Lord, and Watson Farley & Williams, which nabbed three partners apiece.


In our last edition we noted that after months of sharply elevated figures, fed by the flotsam and jetsam of the collapsed European verein of King & Wood Mallesons, the casualties appeared to have worked themselves through, however, we have since recorded two further émigrés from that firm surfacing as partners elsewhere.  


If law firms are feeling any uncertainty from the on-going Brexit negotiations or the prospect of another snap general election arising from the inherent instability of the UK’s hung parliament, these figures do not show it. This summer was anything but quiet! 


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss this article or any other aspect of the market in more depth.

Many thanks,
The Edwards Gibson Team  
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Previous Issues:


Partner Moves May - June 2017

Partner Moves March - April 2017

Partner Moves January - February 2017



Partner Moves November - December 2016

Partner Moves September - October 2016 

Partner Moves July - August 2016 

Partner Moves May - June 2016

Partner Moves March - April 2016

Partner Moves January - February 2016



Partner Moves November - December 2015

Partner Moves September - October 2015

Partner Moves July - August 2015

Partner Moves May - June 2015

Partner Moves March - April 2015

Partner Moves January - February 2015



Partner Moves November-December 2014

Partner Moves September-October 2014

Partner Moves July-August 2014

Partner Moves May-June 2014

Partner Moves March-April 2014

Partner Moves January-February 2014



Partner Moves November-December 2013

Partner Moves Sep-Oct 2013

Partner Moves July-August 2013

Partner Moves May-June 2013 

Partner Moves March-April 2013

Partner Moves January-February 2013



Partner Moves November-December 2012

Partner Moves September-October 2012

Partner Moves July-August 2012

Partner Moves May-June 2012

Partner Moves March-April 2012

Partner Moves January-February 2012



Partner Moves November-December 2011

Partner Moves September-October 2011

Partner Moves July-August 2011

Partner Moves May-June 2011 

Partner Moves March-April 2011

Partner Moves January-February 2011


For further information, or to discuss current trends in lateral partner recruitment, please speak to one of the Edwards Gibson consultants.




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