US law firm Winston & Strawn has made up the first partner in its London office since launching in the capital in 2003.
Kent Phillips becomes Winston’s second arbitration partner in London. Meanwhile, the promotions saw 18 other lawyers – all US-based – elevated to the partnership. Disputes partner Jamie Harrison said Phillips’ promotion was much deserved, as he had been instrumental in ensuring that the London office had not simply become a service office since its launch .
“Around 80 per cent of our business is developed by the UK team, which Kent’s been a major part of,” said Harrison. “As a result, the London office is in the happy position of sending money back to the mothership.”