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Pinsent Masons has made up three women in a round of 15 partnership promotions that take effect on 1 May.
The round is up one on last year when it made up 14 partners, three of which were women (22 April 2013).
At the start of this month Pinsent Masons unveiled plans to boost gender diversity across the firm by targeting a 30 per cent female partnership, setting an interim goal of 25 per cent within the next four years (3 March 2014).
Four of the appointments come from outside of the UK, which is the largest round of international promotions made by the firm to date. Infrastructure and construction disputes lawyer Jonathan Collier was the first ever partner promoted in Doha.
The rest of the international promotions are Amir Ahmad (financial services and banking - UAE), Michelle Li (infrastructure and construction disputes - China), Neil McInnes (litigation and regulatory - Singapore).
In the first round of promotions after the McGrigors merger, the newly merged firm made up 13 new partners (16 May 2012), two of whom came from the McGrigors side of the business.
The previous year the two firms made up 11 partners between them, with Pinsents promoting five and McGrigors six (7 October 2011).The number of promotions remains below the numbers made up following the 2005 tie-up between Pinsents and Masons.
Immediately following that deal, the firm promoted 18 (16 May 2005) while in 2006 it made up 12 and in 2007 a record 20 got the nod (2 April 2007).
Later this year, Pinsent Masons partners will vote in what is expected to be the first contested leadership elections since incumbent managing partner David Ryan was elected in 1999 (31 March 2014).
The new partners will join the partnership in 1 May. They are:
· Amir Ahmad - financial services and banking, UAE
· Tom Barton - financial services and pensions, UK
· James Cameron - financial services, insolvency and restructuring, UK
· Jonathan Collier - infrastructure and construction disputes, Qatar
· Martin Devine - property and real estate, UK
· Nick Gavin-Brown - financial services, insolvency and restructuring, UK
· Paul Gillen – employment, UK
· Laura Gillespie - litigation and regulatory, UK
· Michelle Li - infrastructure and construction disputes, China
· Chris Martin – energy, natural resources and commercial, UK
· James McBurney - litigation and technology, UK
· Neil McInnes - litigation and regulatory, Singapore
· Richard Murphy – energy, natural resources and projects, UK