Bakers makes up seven City partners

Baker & McKenzie has promoted seven lawyers to its London partnership.

The figure is an increase on last year, when just two partners were promoted, and is also up on 2008, when six lawyers were made up (2 July 2008).

The promotions have been made in corporate, disputes, pensions, IP, and European competition and trade, bringing the total number of London-based partners to 87.

There were two promotions in the IP department: Ben Allgrove and Michelle Blunt. Allgrove focuses on copyright, technology and trade secret disputes, while Blunt advises on the IP aspects of M&A transactions, licensing and franchising.

Richard Pike and Edward Poulton were promoted in the disputes team. Both are solicitor advocates, with Pike specialising in competition litigation and economic regulation, and Poulton focusing on international arbitration.  

David Allen has been promoted to partner in the corporate team. He specialises in private equity, advising in leveraged buyouts, investments and restructurings.

Sunwinder Mann has been promoted in the EU competition and trade department and Arron Slocombe in the pensions practice. 

The promotions follow news last week that the firm has achieved a 95 per cent retention rate for September  2010, handing jobs to 20 out of 21 qualifiers (22 June 2010).