Jones Day promotes six City lawyers with 50-50 gender split

Jones Day has become the latest US firm to announce a round of partner promotions, naming six new partners in London and 45 globally.

John Phillips
John Phillips

This represents an increase of one on the London promotions amde last year, when Jones Day promoted five lawyers in London as part of a global round of 45 (19 December 2012). The firm’s London managing partner John Phillips pointed to the fact that four of this year’s City promotions were ex-trainees, with all five promoted last year coming from the 2001 trainee pool.

“That’s why we’re so keen to keep our trainee retention rates up,” Phillips said in a statement.  

Half of this year’s London promotions are female, with the newly promoted team made up of M&A duo Elizabeth Robertson and Simon Kiff, banking and finance lawyer Amy Kho, competition lawyer Matt Evans, private equity specialist Anna Cartwright and commercial litigator Lucas Moore.

In total the firm promoted 10 new partners in Europe, with three associates promoted in Germany – intellectual property lawyer Andreas Holzwarth-Rochford, who was promoted in Frankfurt, intellectual property lawyer Thomas Ritter, promoted in Munich, and global disputes lawyer Dieter Strubenhoff, in Frankfurt – as well as Paris-based global disputes lawyer Ozan Akyurek.

“These promotions demonstrate the importance of Europe for Jones Day and our continuing commitment to the region,” commented the firm’s EMEA chief Mary Ellen Powers.

Outside of Europe the firm has made a number of high-profile hires in recent months, poaching senior litigation partner John Emmerig from Ashurst Australia for its Sydney office (6 December 2012) months after the hire of Matthew Skinner and Darren Murphy from Linklaters’ Australian ally Allens (formerly Allens Arthur Robinson) in Singapore (12 October 2012).