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July/August 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.


July to August is traditionally a quiet time for the announcement of lateral partner moves and this year was quieter than most. We recorded a total of 47 lateral partner moves – a 12% decrease on the statistical average (54) for the same period over the past 5 years.


Nevertheless, despite portents of an economic Götterdämmerung, as evidenced by increasingly shrill warnings about the consequences of a “no deal” Brexit,  the prospect of a snap general election arising from the inherent instability of the UK’s hung parliament, a European-wide slow down, a looming global trade war and a seemingly insoluble Italian debt crisis, the number of lateral partner moves was actually up 7% on the same period last year.


Although there were no large multi-partner team moves in this round-up, a total of 10 firms hired two partners a-piece (either as individuals or two-partner teams).

Top partner recruiters in London July - August 2019
Baker McKenzie                                      2                       
Deloitte Legal 2
Dentons 2
Eversheds Sutherland 2
Fieldfisher 2
Freeths 2
K&L Gates 2
Milbank 2
Paul Hastings 2

Also of note in this edition


  • Washington DC firm Crowell & Moring continued its seemingly never-ending raid on Squire Patton Boggs by nabbing its seventh partner from Squires inside a year;
  • 21% of all laterals were non-partners moving into partnership. In a UK first, this included traditionally conservative New York firm Milbank which took an Allen & Overy senior associate into its partnership;
  • 32% of all later hires were women.


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 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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