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May-June 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.


There are a total of 71 lateral partner moves hires in this edition – a 5% increase on this time last year but an 8% decrease on the statistical average (77) for the same period over the past 5 years.

Nevertheless, perhaps surprisingly in view of the economic and political uncertainties arising from the global economy and Brexit, year to date, we have recorded 244 lateral partner moves – 6% up on the five year average at the same half year point.

The most dramatic move was Goodwin Procter’s five-partner raid on Taylor Wessing stealing a team comprising corporate technology, life sciences and tax. Two firms hired three partner teams: Dechert (which took a mixed finance and disputes team from fellow US firm Sidley) and Kennedys which scooped up an insurance/re-insurance trio from Norton Rose Fulbright.

In addition to the above five firms: Akin Gump, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Gowling WLG, Hill Dickinson, and Willkie Farr made two partner team hires. 
Top partner recruiters in London May - June 2019
Goodwin Procter                                      5                       
Kirkland & Ellis 4
Dechert 3
Kennedys 3
Gowling WLG 3

Also of note in this edition


  • 20% of all moves were from non-partners moving into partnership (including all four partner hires at Kirkland & Ellis)
  • Two firms hired partners from in-house: Dentons (Hilton Hotels) and Fieldfisher (Morgan Stanley);
  • 24% of all partner moves were female partners.


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.




Many thanks,


The Edwards Gibson Team










Previous Issues:



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.

Related download: Lateral Partner Moves in London - May-June 2019
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