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January/February 2019 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.


Numerically, the most significant hire was the announcement of a very eclectic five-partner team - comprising disputes, restructuring, infrastructure and debt finance - joining US firm Crowell & Moring from Squire Patton Boggs. The addition of this team is a follow-on from Crowell & Moring’s hire of Squire Patton Boggs’ former UK managing partner, Robert Weekes, announced in our last edition.


In all there was a total of 97 lateral partner moves announced in the first two months of 2019 - a 7% increase on the same period last year, but corresponding almost exactly to the statistical average for the same period over the past 5 years.  


Top partner recruiters in London January - February 2019


Crowell & Moring                                     

Baker McKenzie 3
Cummings Fisher 3
Dentons 3
Morrison & Foerster 3
Shoosmiths 3
Womble Bond Dickinson 3


Also of note in this edition


  • 5 firms hired partners from in-house roles;
  • 19% of all laterals were non-partners moving into partnership;
  • 24% of the total moves we recorded were female partners – lower than the 32% we saw in the same period last year.


So, an interesting, but not dramatic, start to the New Year. 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 appear to show it.



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The Edwards Gibson Team






Previous Issues:


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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