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Lateral Partner Moves in London


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Welcome to the 62nd 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.


There are a total of 83 lateral partner moves in this edition – a 54% increase on last year and 11% up on the statistical average (75) for the same period over the past 5 years. The objectively high number of moves was buoyed by seven firms hiring three or more laterals a-piece. The largest single move was Taylor Wessing’s snatching of a corporate trio from Stephenson Harwood. Although Goodwin Procter also took three laterals from Kirkland & Ellis (two in tax and one in finance), it is probably unlikely that all three were part of a single co-ordinated team move.        



Top partner recruiters in London March – April 2021


Goodwin Procter 4
JMW Solicitors 4
K&L Gates 4
Shearman & Sterling 4
Simmons & Simmons 3
Taylor Wessing 3
White & Case 3


After commercial disputes, which constituted a fifth of all hires, real estate made up the next highest contingent of laterals (12%). In view of the sharp GDP reduction in 2020, and the Covid-induced collapse of the commercial property office investment market, the high proportion of real estate moves is perhaps surprising in a sector traditionally so closely tied to the real economy.  The figures belie a complex unfolding narrative; many real estate laterals represent ejected émigrés, pressured to leave their former homes, arriving at new outfits - sometimes after months of searching. Others represent bold bets by firms opportunistically looking to snap-up top talent by brandishing their real estate credentials to partners whose own firms’ post-Covid commitment to the sector has often been ambiguous.


Also of note in this edition


5 firms hired partners from in-house

22% of all hires were non-partners moving into partnership

27% 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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Many thanks,

The Edwards Gibson Team


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Previous Issues: 


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

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Partner Moves November - December 2016

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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

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Partner Moves March - April 2014

Partner Moves January - February 2014



Partner Moves November - December 2013

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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

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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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