Herbert Smith promos down slightly as 10 get the nod

Herbert Smith has made up 10 lawyers to partner in its annual round of promotions, with the total dipping slightly from last year’s 13.

Of the 10, three are based solely in London, with another two splitting their time between London and international offices. The rest hail from offices in Japan, Qatar, France and Russia.

The London contingent that made partner is: tax partner Will Arrenberg; corporate partner Robert Moore; and litigation partner James Norris-Jones. EU competition partner Mark Jephcott, meanwhile, splits his time between London and Asia, while international arbitration partner Christian Leathley splits his time between London and Madrid.

Two Moscow partners also made the grade: commercial litigator Vladimir Melnikov  and corporate lawyer Tomasz Wozniak. Corporate and energy specialist Joanna Addison is being made up in the firm’s Doha office while in Paris commercial litigator Clément Dupoirier was welcomed into the partnership. Corporate TMT lawyer Graeme Preston was the sole Tokyo lawyer to be made up.

In a statement, senior partner Jonathan Scott said: “My congratulations to all our new partners.

“This year’s promotions reflect the deep bench of talent across our international network. They’ve joined the partnership at an exciting period in the firm’s development and I know each will play their full part in helping to ensure our distinctive practice balance remains a draw-card for clients across both developed and emerging markets.”

Herbert Smith’s partner promotions have been getting leaner each year since 2010, when it made up 18 new members (20 April 2010). In 2011 that number fell to 13 (27 April 2011).