Addleshaws promotes five in latest partnership round

Addleshaw Goddard has promoted five lawyers to partner, shrinking its round for the second year running.

Last year seven lawyers were made up at the firm, down from nine the previous year (26 March 2009).

Two of this year’s group are from the firm’s contentious practice, one from business support and restructuring (BSR), one from corporate tax and one from professional services and LLPs. They come from all three of the firm’s offices, while one is a legal director, a role that is generally viewed as an alternative to partnership.

Legal director Sonia McMahon joins the Manchester BSR partnership, being made up along side managing associates Aster Crawshaw (professional practices and LLPs, London), Elaine Gwilt (corporate tax, London), Ben Lowans (contentious, Leeds) and Mark Molyneux (contentious, Manchester).

Managing partner Paul Devitt (pictured) said: “Sonia, Aster, Elaine, Ben and Mark have our congratulations on their promotion – and our support and best wishes for the future.

“Each of them has demonstrated exceptionally high levels of performance and potential.  We’re convinced they have the necessary personal and professional qualities to help us support our clients and grow in our chosen markets and that they’ll flourish as partners in our firm.”

All five join as salaried partners. Addleshaws is currently considering proposals to overhaul its salaried partner bonus scheme after plans for an all equity partnership were abandoned (8 February 2010).