Freshfields makes up 11 to counsel role

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has made its third round of counsel promotions this year, with the London office picking up just one of the 11 global promotions.

The firm’s German offices have been gifted almost half of the promotions this time (see list below). In practice terms, the finance department has seen the greatest number of promotions, with one each in London, Milan and Frankfurt.

In June this year, Freshfields made up five to the counsel role, with four in its Chinese offices and one in Paris. In May, the firm had made up nine new counsel, four of whom were based in London, two in Paris, and one each in Berlin, Moscow and Paris.

In a statement the firm said: “The role of counsel is the most senior legal role in the firm below that of partner.

“The key requirements for the role are that a candidate should have the requisite seniority to be considered for partnership in the jurisdiction in which he/she works; is considered to have exceptional legal expertise and excels in providing legal and non-legal contributions to the continued development of the firm.”

Freshfields was unavailable for comment.

The full list of promotions is:

Corporate:
Grazia Bonante (Rome)
Ralph Kogge (Munich)

Dispute resolution in environment planning and regulatory:
Martin Hamer (Berlin)

Employee, pensions and benefits :
Laurence Harvey Wood (Paris)
Nils Schramm (Hamburg)

Finance:
Matthew Cox (London)
Stefano Giura (Milan)
Klaus Lackhoff (Frankfurt)

IP/IT:
Thomas Becker (Cologne)
Sergio Miralles (Spain)

Tax:
Adolfo Zunzunegui (Madrid)