Lovells has promoted a record number of associates to its partnership with an astounding 31 new partners making up for the 35 who quit the firm in 2006.
The firm promoted 18 associates in 2006-07, 12 in 2005-06 and 15 in 2004-05. Its previous largest round of promotions was 24 in 2001.
The largest portion of promotions is in corporate with 15 new partners in this practice area, a massive increase compared with last year's sole promotion.
Finance improved on last year's promotion of just one partner with eight joining the team this year while dispute and commerce and real estate both bagging four new partners each.
The London office has 12 of the new partners while continental Europe gains the most with 16 out of 31 in various offices.
Asia will receive two new partners in the Beijing and Singapore offices while the Chicago office has one.
Senior partner John Young said: "Two thirds of the candidates are outside of the UK, demonstrating the tremendous development of the firm's international network since 2000."
New partners in alphabetical order:
Michael Aldrich - Corporate Commercial, Beijing Luci Angus - Litigation, London Domenico Borzumato - Tax, Rome Helen Brannigan - Litigation, London Tom Brassington - Corporate, London Michael Bütter - Real estate, Hamburg Bruno Cantier - Project Finance, Paris Julian Craughan - Capital markets, London Gianroberto de Giovanni - Corporate finance, Rome Bénédicte Denis - Financial institutions, Paris Michael Dettmeier - Tax, Düsseldorf Alex Dolmans - Corporate commercial, Madrid James Doyle - Capital markets, London Claire Dutch - Real estate, London Christian Eichner - Corporate finance, Düsseldorf Nicola Evans - Corporate M&A, London Olivier Fille-Lambie - Banking, Paris Philip Harle - Tax, London Ken Hawkes - Banking / project finance, Singapore Matthias Hirschmann - Energy, Power & Utilities, Hamburg Christopher Horton - Corporate finance, London Christian Knütel - Project finance, Frankfurt Andrea Monks - Litigation, London Maegen Morrison - Corporate M&A, London Jörg Schickert - Corporate commercial, Munich Marcus Schreibauer - IP, Düsseldorf Jan Schröder - Financial institutions, Düsseldorf Christian Stoll - IP, Hamburg Silvio Tersilla - BRI/corporate, Rome MaryBeth Wilkinson - Litigation, Chicago Alexander Wood - BRI, London