Allen & Overy has announced 33 partner promotions - the highest number of associates ever to have been promoted at the firm.
The new partners, effective from 1 May, cover a range of practice areas with 14 promotions from the global banking group, 10 from the global corporate group, four from the global ICM group, three from the global tax group and two from the global litigagtion group.
More than half of the appointments were in offices outside London, spanning Asia, Europe and the US.
The number of promotions is more than double of those made up last year, while 21 associates were promoted in 2004.
The news comes after Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters announced their new partner promotions this week. Freshfields made up just 10 partners compared to Linklaters, which made up 32 promotions firm-wide.