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Lateral Partner Moves in London

 

Click here for Partner Moves May - June 2021

 

Welcome to the 63rd edition 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.

 

 

If there was any doubt that recruitment activity has roared back to life, at the half year mark there were 253 partner hires in the London market - up 30% on the 195 we saw last year. In terms of laterals (partner-to-partner hires) the figures are 188 vs 140 respectively (a 34% rise on last year). 

 

Year to date Kirkland & Ellis enjoys the dubious distinction of being both the most prolific hirer of partners (8) and the firm with highest partner attrition rate (9). In terms of number of hires, last year’s most acquisitive partner recruiter, Addleshaw Goddard, comes a close second with 7 hires.

 

Top partner recruiters in London 2021 (inclusive of moves from non-partnership) *

 

  • Kirkland & Ellis

8

  • Addleshaw Goddard

7

  • Dentons

6

  • DWF

6

 

 

 

Firms with largest attrition in London 2021 (partnership to partnership moves only) *

 

  • Kirkland & Ellis

9

  • White & Case

6

  • McDermott Will & Emery

5

  • Stephenson Harwood

5

 

 

 

 *To 30 June 2021

 

In addition: Edwin Coe; Fladgate; Goodwin Procter; Hogan Lovells; JMW Solicitors; McDermott Will & Emery; Paul Hastings; Shearman & Sterling; Simmons & Simmons; and Squire Patton Boggs have each nabbed five partners a-piece so far this year.

 

 

May - June 2021

This bi-monthly round-up contains 80 partner moves – up 31% on the 61 we saw last year and 11 % up on the cumulative five-year average for the same period.  Arguably the most significant move this edition was a rare magic circle team switch - Allen & Overy’s swiping of leveraged finance duo Annette Kurdian and Robert Burt from rival Linklaters.

 

Top partner recruiters in London May – June 2021

 

  • DWF

6

  • Kirkland & Ellis

6

  • Fladgate

4

  • Addleshaw Goddard

3

  • Dechert

3

  • Dentons

3

  • DLA Piper

3

  • Edwin Coe

3

  • Paul Hastings

3

                                  

 

Also of note in this edition

  • Three firms hired partners from in-house: Browne Jacobson (Government Legal Department), Clifford Chance (General Electric) and Greenberg Traurig (Facebook);
  • 31% of all moves were non-partners moving into partnership;
  • 25% of hires 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.

 

 

Scott Gibson, Director   scott.gibson@edwardsgibson.com or

 

+44 (0)7788 454 080

 

Sloane Poulton, Director   sloane.poulton@edwardsgibson.com or

 

+44 (0)7967 603 402

 

Mark Coates, Senior Consultant   mark.coates@edwardsgibson.com or

 

+44 (0)7541 666 856

 

 

Please click here to understand our methodology for compiling Partner Moves

Many thanks,

The Edwards Gibson Team

 

Click here for Partner Moves May - June 2021

 

 

      

 

 

 

 

Previous Issues: 

Partner Moves March - April 2021

Partner Moves January - February 2021

 

 

Partner Moves November - December 2020

Partner Moves September - October 2020

Partner Moves July - August 2020

Partner Moves May - June 2020

Partner Moves March - April 2020

Partner Moves January - February 2020

 

 

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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