Bumper partner rounds as law firms name 44 new partners

Elizabeth Fournier
MAGIC circle law firms Linklaters and Clifford Chance both named their latest round of new partners yesterday, promoting 44 lawyers between them, including 11 in London.

Clifford Chance has made up 20 of its lawyers to equity partners starting tomorrow, down from the 27 it named last year but with one more London-based promotion.

Finance lawyers Peter Dahlen and Oliver Hipperson, corporate specialists Tom Evans and Nick Hughes, and litigation & dispute resolution lawyer Maxine Mossman are the five new London partners

The remaining 15 are spread across Clifford Chance’s 35 offices in 25 countries around the world.

The firm’s managing partner David Childs said many of the new partners “have demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting the growth of the firm’s offering internationally, including leading development efforts in a wide range of markets beyond their home office, into Scandinavia, the Middle East, Latin America and South East Asia.”

“This international mind-set is at the heart of our firm’s culture,” he added.

The promotions bring the total number of partners at the firm to 589.

Meanwhile fellow magic circle stalwart Linklaters said yesterday that 24 new partners would join the firm from tomorrow, as well as of 31 new counsel.

Two of the London promotions ­– Stuart Boyd and Savi Hebbur – work in the firm’s mainstream corporate practice, while Ben Carroll and Harriet Ellis are litigation specialists, Timothy Lowe works in the tax practice and Edward Aldred in banking.

The new partners’ appointments cover 13 jurisdictions across 11 areas of practice at the firm, with the remaining 18 falling outside of its London headquarters.

“These promotions underline our commitment to invest in our global practices in order to enhance the breadth and depth of expertise we offer our clients,” said Linklaters’ managing partner Rob Elliott.