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Spring is in the air and law firms across the North West are showing off this season's new partners
DLA has promoted four new partners in its Manchester and Liverpool offices. In Manchester, Polly Owen becomes a partner in the corporate team and Pauline Matthews in the HR team, while in Liverpool Ben Miller is promoted to partner in the pensions team and Kevin Lee in real estate.
Pannone & Partners, which saw average partner profits dip by £5,000 last year after admitting seven new equity partners, has this year promoted three salaried partners to equity: Stephen Lintott in the commercial property team and Jenny Unwin and Emma Holt in the clinical negligence team.
The firm has also promoted five solicitors to salaried partner status: Jack Harrington and Fiona Hamor in employment, Nadia Kerr in personal injury (PI) and Rachel Slater and Fiona Wood in family.
Pannones has taken the unusual step of promoting marketing director Deborah Ascott-Jones to equity partner level. Although as a non-lawyer Ascott-Jones cannot share firm profits, she will nevertheless have the status and benefits of a full equity partner.
Eversheds, meanwhile, has announced five new salaried partners in Manchester: Simon Chamberlain, who has been at the firm for nine years, is a specialist in non-contentious construction and engineering work; Scot Morrison joins the commercial group; Chris Tinsley joins the corporate team; in property, Richard Lloyd has been given partnership status; and Diane Gilhooley becomes a partner in the HR group. The firm has also promoted six partners to equity.
Hammonds has made up 12 partners nationally, three of whom are based in the Manchester office: Rob Elvin, a former sports litigator who retrained in health, safety and environmental law, becomes a partner in the dispute resolution team; Patricia Jones in the commercial and intellectual property team; and Steve Hurley in employment. No new equity partners have been announced, which, given the sharp drop in profits per partner figures from £310,000 to £195,000 last year following five mergers in two years, is perhaps unsurprising.
Equally unsurprising is the fact that Addleshaw Booth & Co, or Addleshaw Goddard, has not announced any partner promotions for this year, after having spent much of the past six months thrashing out its merger. Nor has Pinsent Curtis Biddle's Manchester office, having opened only 15 months ago.
Cobbetts announ-ced its main round of partner promotions in November, but has just announced three more: Andrew Field in banking litigation, Tas Javed in property and Giles Clegg in corporate. It has also promoted property partner Paul Inman to equity.
Lower down the size table, Brabners Chaffe Street has appointed two new partners at its Manchester office: Caroline Litchfield and Ruth Jones, both in the corporate team. James Chapman & Co went one better, appointing three: two in PI and ex-Pannones lawyer Sam Mabon in the commercial department.
Beachcroft Wansbroughs is not making any partner promotions in its Manchester office, while Halliwell Landau is expected to announce its quota in mid-May.