Magic circle firm Clifford Chance has made up 30 lawyers to partner in a promotion round in line with its long-term diversity goals.
The firm said this morning that the promotions reflect the firm’s 'commitment to ensure that the diversity of our partnership develops to reflect the rich pool of talent’.
Nine London lawyers have been made up, as well as three in the US and eight in continental Europe. It is the largest partner intake since 2008.
The London lawyers are; Andrew Kelly and Kate Vyvyan, who work in capital markets, corporate lawyers Jennifer Mbaluto and Alexander Chester, finance lawyers Peter Chapman, Nicholas Kinnersley and Caroline Dawson, litigation & dispute resolution specialist Kate Scott and tax, pensions & employment specialist Richard Kalaher.
According to the firm, 33% of the cohort are female. The firm has previously said it is working towards a target of 30% female partners (currently around 20%) and has been running courses to support the career progression of male and female associates.
Matthew Layton, global managing partner, said: ‘These promotions underline our continued investment in those areas that are increasingly important to our clients, such as regulatory and internal investigations, tech and sector specialisms such as funds and investment management. The voices of this group, and other newer generations in the firm, are essential in shaping our future in a fast-changing market environment.’
Clifford Chance is the last of the magic circle firms to reveal its partner statistics for 2019.
The promotions are effective from 1 May.