Norton Rose has made up 33 lawyers to partner in its annual promotions round, including five in London.
The overall number of promotions is marginally down on 36 last year, with additions to the partnership in the City also dropping from eight in 2012 (17 April 2012). In 2011 it promoted 15, including four in London (20 April 2011).
The new partners this year include Helen Masters, an of counsel in the office of the general counsel in London, who originally qualified into Norton Rose’s commercial litigation practice after training at the firm.
Of the 33, ten are in Europe, including four in Munich and one in Frankfurt. Asia receives two new partners comprising one in Hong Kong and one in Singapore. One new partner will be added in Abu Dhabi.
Within the most recent additions to the firm’s network, there were five promotions in Australia, eight in Canada and one in Venezuela, while South Africa sees six new directors, the local term for partners.
The promotions take effect on 1 May for lawyers in the UK-headquartered LLP, including Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In other arms of the firm the lawyers will join the partnership at different points in 2013 depending on when the financial year begins locally.
The firm said female partners made up 42 per cent of this year’s promotions, compared with 44 per cent last year.
Corporate received the most promoted partners globally at 12, following by banking (seven), disputes (six), employment and labour (three), antitrust, competition and regulatory (two) and once each in IP and occupational health, safety and security.
US firm Fulbright & Jaworski, which which Norton Rose will merge on 3 June under the name Norton Rose Fulbright, announced eight partner promotions in January covering its US offices and Hong Kong.
Global CEO Peter Martyr said in a statement: “The partner promotions reflect the international strength and diversity of our practice, which will grow again significantly in June when we combine with Fulbright & Jaworski.”
Norton Rose’s partner promotions in full:
Alison Baxter (banking, London)
Ian Giles (antitrust, competition and regulatory, London)
Sascha Grimm (corporate, Frankfurt)
Frank Henkel (corporate, Munich)
Eleanor Martin (banking, London)
Helen Masters (office of the general counsel, London)
Daniel Metcalfe (banking, London)
Katrin Scheicht (employment and labour, Munich)
Andrea Spellerberg (banking, Munich)
Maren Stölting (corporate, Munich)
Wilson Ang (litigation and dispute resolution, Singapore)
Winnie Chan (corporate, Hong Kong)
Chris Cruikshank (banking, Sydney)
Nigel Deed (corporate, Sydney)
Andrew Riordan (litigation and dispute resolution, Melbourne)
Alena Titterton (occupational health safety and security, Canberra)
Dominic Townsend (corporate, Brisbane)
Dominic Dupoy (litigation and dispute resolution, Montréal)
Andres Garin (litigation and dispute resolution, Montréal)
Karen Jensen (employment and labour, Ottawa)
Ryan Keays (corporate, Calgary)
Allison Kuntz (litigation and dispute resolution, Calgary)
Pierre-Christian Labeau (corporate, Québec City)
Marianne Plamondon (employment and labour, Montréal)
Anna Wilkinson (intellectual property, Toronto)
Jason van Dijk (antitrust, competition and regulatory, Cape Town)
Sandile Khoza (litigation and dispute resolution, Durban)
Ismail Laher (corporate, Johannesburg)
Christina Pretorius (corporate, Johannesburg)
Christine Rodrigues (banking, Johannesburg)
Paul Mansouri (banking, Abu Dhabi)
Sergio Casinelli (corporate, Caracas)