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May/June 2018 round up of 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.



There are a total of 68 lateral partner moves in this edition, which, although a 5% increase on our March-April edition, is 13% fewer than the statistical average for the preceding five year period.  Indeed, at the half year point, the number of lateral partner moves in London was down 23% on the (admittedly record breaking) same period in 2017 – a drop which, as we observed in our last edition, is only partially explained by the 2017 figures being artificially buoyed by the collapse of King & Wood Mallesons’ European verein.



Still, there are plenty of exciting comings and goings for market watchers in this edition which includes seven moves by in-house lawyers into partnership (including two from litigation funders) along with the hire by Linklaters of the Director of Public Prosecutions – Alison Saunders. 



Also of note; the reclaiming of one of its own by Allen & Overy - in the form of leading financial services partner Bob Penn, after a two year sojourn at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton - represents a rare riposte in the battle for talent by a magic circle firm against the US elite.



The largest single team move in this round-up was by Irwin Mitchell which nabbed a three partner employment team from Bindmans


Top partner recruiters in London May-June 2018

    Paul Hastings                                     4

    Eversheds                                          4

    Irwin Mitchel                                      3

    White & Case                                     3


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.


The Edwards Gibson Team  


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Previous Issues:


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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