Welcome to the 65th 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.
There were 87 partner hires - 23% up on last year (71), and almost exactly in line with the statistical average for the same period over the past five years (86). In terms of laterals - there were 65 (38% up on the 47 we saw last year).
The most acquisitive firm this edition was US firm Greenberg Traurig which hired 8 partners including, in what will almost certainly be the largest single team move of the year, a septet of litigators from Mishcon de Reya. The move is an extension of Greenberg’s raid last year, which saw it launch a disputes offering with a two-partner heavyweight team from, the soon to be listed, London firm.
New York headquartered Wilkie Farr & Gallagher was the second most prolific hirer snatching a quintet of laterals – including a market leading three-partner competition disputes team from Quinn Emmanuel – a firm usually more accustomed to being an apex predator in the lateral disputes market. In addition, newly created verein Advant, together with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and White & Case nabbed three-partner teams from Grimaldi Studio Legale, Vinson & Elkins and Dechert respectively.
Top partner recruiters in London September – October 2021
|Wilkie Farr & Gallagher||5|
|White & Case||4|
|Gibson Dunn & Crutcher||3|
|Kirkland & Ellis||3|
|McDermott Will & Emery||3|
|Vinson & Elkins||3|
Also of note in this edition
- Four firms hired from in-house: Eversheds Sutherland (Chevron), Hagens Berman (Volvo), Mayer Brown (Barclays), McDermott Will & Emery (Deloitte).
- 30% of all hires were female
- 25% of all moves were non-partners moving into partnership.
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