Clifford Chance last week completed this year’s magic circle partnership round by announcing it was making up 30 lawyers, with a gender mix in line with its long-term diversity goals. One-third of the new cohort are women.
The firm has said it is working towards raising the percentage of female partners from the current 20% to 30%.
Clifford Chance’s announcement means all of the five magic circle firms have revealed their partner intake for 2019.
At Linklaters, 33 lawyers were given the nod this time around, including 11 women. In London, one of the 11 promoted lawyers was female. The firm had pledged that at least 30% of new partners will be female.
Of the 34 promotions at Allen & Overy, eight were women (24%), including four in London. By 2021 the firm wants 30% of its partnership candidates to be women. However, when the Gazette asked how many candidates in this round were women the firm was unable to say.
At the moment, the London partnership is 20% female and globally the figure is 18%, but those figures do not take into account the latest round of promotions.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer elected 22 new partners (eight in London). Six of the 22 lawyers are women, including one from London.
The remaining magic circle firm, Slaughter and May, has promoted two men.
In total, just under a third of 121 new magic circle partners in this round are women.