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Lateral Partner Moves in London


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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.


In all there was a total of 80 lateral partner moves announced in the first two months of 2020 – an 18% decrease on the same period last year and 20% lower than the statistical average (100) for the same period over the past 5 years. 


Still there is plenty of hiring drama contained in this edition with most of the running made by US headquartered law firms. No less than five New York law firms: Cadwalader, Milbank, Skadden, White & Case and, unusually, Simpson Thacher all took laterals – the latter nabbing Linklaters’ Head of Tax. Also of note, in a very rare senior level defection from Mishcon de Reya, US firm Greenberg Traurig launched a commercial and financial disputes offering with the hire of two litigation heavyweights which included the head of Mishcon’s leading banking and finance disputes team.


In what is hopefully not an ominous portent of things to come, 8% of all moves were in insolvency/ restructuring with: Kirkland & Ellis, Norton Rose, RPC, Skadden and Dechert (which took a two partner team from Shearman & Sterling), all reinforcing their offerings in the space.


In keeping with its recent form, the most acquisitive firm this round-up was global boutique Brown Rudnick which hired no fewer than four partners – including a three-lawyer corporate team from fellow US firm Baker Botts.


Top partner recruiters in London January – February 2020


Brown Rudnick


Greenberg Traurig


JMW Solicitors


Latham & Watkins


Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe


Squire Patton Boggs



Also of note in this edition


3 firms hired partners from in-house: Simmons & Simmons (SFO), Reed Smith (Deutsche Bank) and Squire Patton Boggs (KPMG);


36% of all laterals were non-partners moving into partnership;


30% of the total moves we recorded were female.


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.


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The Edwards Gibson Team










Previous Issues:

Partner Moves November - December 2019

Partner Moves September - October 2019

Partner Moves July - August 2019

Partner Moves May - June 2019

Partner Moves March - April 2019
Partner Moves January - February 2019



Partner Moves November - December 2018

Partner Moves September - October 2018

Partner Moves July - August 2018

Partner Moves May - June 2018

Partner Moves March - April 2018

Partner Moves January - February 2018



Partner Moves November - December 2017

Partner Moves September - October 2017

Partner Moves July - August 2017

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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