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Law Firm Partner Moves in London July - August 2021 issue no.64

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Welcome to the 64th edition of law firm partner moves, from the specialist partner team at 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 law firm partner moves and this edition is no exception. There were 52 hires - 4% up on last year (50), but exactly in line withthe statistical average for the same period over the past five years. In terms of laterals - partner-to-partner hires - there were 33 (15% down on the 39 we saw last year).


Undoubtably the most significant move this edition was Sidley Austin’s restocking of its private equity offering with a three-partner lateral team from Vinson & Elkins. The move marks a fight-back by the Chicago headquartered outfit following its loss last year of an even larger private equity team to Goodwin Procter.


Top partner recruiters in London July - August 2021


  • Kirkland & Ellis


  • Sidley Austin


  • EY





In addition Addleshaw GoddardASAFO & CoDLA PiperEversheds SutherlandHoward KennedyKingsley NapleyLatham & WatkinsMichelmoresPaul Hastings and White & Case each hired two partners a-piece.



Also of note in this edition


  • Two firms hired from in-house - Fieldfisher (Bank of New York Mellon) and White & Case (Morgan Stanley)
  • 31% of all hires were female
  • 37% of all moves were non-partners moving into partnership.


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.



Scott Gibson, Director   scott.gibson@edwardsgibson.com or


+44 (0)7788 454 080


Sloane Poulton, Director   sloane.poulton@edwardsgibson.com or


+44 (0)7967 603 402


Mark Coates, Senior Consultant   mark.coates@edwardsgibson.com or


+44 (0)7541 666 856



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Many thanks,

The Edwards Gibson Team


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