Berwin Leighton Paisner has made up seven to its partnership this year, with the real estate practice the biggest beneficiary.
In addition to five new partners in real estate the firm has made up one new partner in its projects practice and one in business and technology services. Six held the position of senior associate and one was an associate director.
The firm’s managing partner Neville Eisenberg said: “Despite the difficult market conditions, we believe in providing our people with career opportunities that help them develop to their full potential. One particularly pleasing aspect of these promotions is that, for the first time, we have promoted one of our associate directors to partner.”
The total of seven new partners reverses a two-year fall in the total number of promotions at the firm. Five were made up in 2008 (see story) and six were made up in 2007, after 13 joined the partnership in 2006. The two-year fall coincided with the firm’s introduction of the associate director alternative to partnership in 2006.
As was the case last year, all the new partners are based in London.
The new partners at the firm are:
Sunita Chawla, real estate,
Scott Dickson, finance
Vicky Fowler, real estate
Victoria Gardner, real estate
Stephen Ketteley, corporate
Samant Narula, real estate
Juliet Thomas, real estate
The firm has also made up four new associate directors. They are: