Move On Up: Fladgate

Property and corporate still rule at Fladgate – but where’s the gender transparency?

West End firm Fladgate is best known for its property and corporate ­practices, so it is no surprise that the focus of both its partnership promotions and lateral hires over the past few years has been these two areas.

Promotions include both associates joining the partnership and ­promotions within the partnership, thus skewing the figures somewhat. Fladgate declined to give a ­gender split for internal promotions and ­lateral hires, making it hard to ­determine how successful any ­effort to increase the number of female partners has been. Currently, 10 out of 47 partners are women.

The biggest year for promotions and lateral hires was 2008-09, when Fladgate made up eight lawyers and hired six. Most of the promotions and all but two of the hires were in the corporate department, while the property team saw two promotions and one hire, and the litigation department gained one partner through a hire.

A busy time

The current financial year was also significant from a promotions standpoint. Fladgate promoted three lawyers in the property ­department, one in corporate and two in litigation.

Grant Gordon, corporate partner
Gordon joined in May 2008 as Fladgate bolted on his corporate boutique Gordon & Co

Headcount:

  • Equity partners
    18
  • Partners
    45
  • Associates
    29
  • Fee-earners
    4
  • Trainees
    8
  • Staff
    75