Law Firm Partner Moves in London - Issue 40

May - June 2017

Download the full Partner Moves Issue here >>

Welcome to the latest round up of lateral partner moves in the London legal market from Edwards Gibson, where we look back at partner-level recruitment activity in London over the past two months and give you a ‘who’s moved where’ update.

In terms of absolute numbers, this edition of partner moves is relatively tame in comparison to the others we have published over the past 12 months. The lack of large scale multi-partner team moves, the absence of the distorting impact from the collapse of a major law firm and, at this stage at least, seemingly light casualties from the CMS, Nabarro, and Olswang tie-up, has meant that the number of lateral partner moves in London is down over 20% on both the preceding two months of 2017 and the same (May-June) period last year.

In total we recorded 73 lateral partner moves 13 of whom (18%) were elevations of senior associates or counsel into partnership.

Going forward the uncertainty arising from the on-going Brexit negotiations, together with the prospect of another snap general election arising from the inherent instability of the UK’s now hung parliament, will doubtless have an impact on the UK economy. It remains to be seen just how that impact will translate to the London lateral hire market.

If you would like to speak to anyone about our updates, or about the services we can offer Clients and Candidates, please do get in touch via the details below.

Please feel free to share this update with colleagues and peers. If they wish to sign up to the update, they can follow this link to do so.


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

Sloane Poulton, Director

Mark Coates, Senior Consultant


Please click here to understand our methodology for compiling Partner Moves



Download the full Partner Moves Issue here >>

If you would like to subscribe to our Partner Moves Newsletter, email us at

Related Articles

Recent Articles