SJ Berwin bolsters depleted funds team with four partner promotions By Margaret Taylor 26 September 2011 11:30 17 December 2015 14:28 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 26 September 2011 at 12:02 So SJB have handed the future of their flagship department to a lawyer qualified in 2006. Interesting Reply Link Danno 26 September 2011 at 13:34 You’ll never win anything with kids… …but can you run a funds team with them? Reply Link US Funds 26 September 2011 at 13:36 Having worked with Ed Hall on a few US funds, he really is the new talent SJB need to drive the practice. Congratulations! Reply Link Anonymous 26 September 2011 at 14:37 They seem to have trained a lot of the quality funds lawyers around, so it’s not surprising they promote internally. Reply Link Anon 26 September 2011 at 15:09 I guess desperate times call for desperate measures, but this is a joke. Reply Link Anonymous 26 September 2011 at 15:09 Shawn D’Aguiar has the biggest following and has a great future ahead of him. Well done Shawn! Reply Link Anonymous 26 September 2011 at 15:50 Fantastic news – Having worked with Ed and Shawn I can safely say that they are great lawyers and will almost definitely be a success. Congratulations! Reply Link Anonymous 26 September 2011 at 16:09 Have SJB attempted to flood this page with supportive comments in an attempt to cover up the fact that they have just promoted a bunch of 4/5 year pqe lawyers to partnership? However good they may be, and I’m sure they are good, there was a reason they were not partners last week, and a reason why they would not (in normal circumstances) have been made partners in May 2012. Let’s hope for SJB’s sake that giving the children a partner badge each for them to play with and show their friends in the playground will be enough to fool the clients that they retain a significant London funds practice. Reply Link Anonymous 26 September 2011 at 16:11 Shawn will be a fantastic addition to the partnership – an excellent choice by the partners of SJ Berwin! Incredibly well-deserved and about time! Reply Link Anonymous 26 September 2011 at 16:30 Dear Anonymous @4:09 They are not ‘a bunch of 4/5 year qualifieds’. I’m not sure what the modern treatment for jaundice is, but I’d suggest you hop off somewhere with a big bag of it. Reply Link bobby smith 26 September 2011 at 16:35 DON’T PANIC MR MANNERING!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, you just did….. Reply Link Stephen 26 September 2011 at 16:37 If SJ Berwin had put as much effort into running their firm properly (and treating their staff decently) over the past decade, as they are doing into flooding this discussion board with comments then perhaps the firm would not be in existential crisis. Reply Link Anonymous 26 September 2011 at 17:37 Cindy Valentine – Qualified May 2009 Shawn D’Aguiar – Qualified in December 2007 Ed Hall – Qualified September 2006 Laura Charkin – Qualified September 2002 Reply Link Oliver 26 September 2011 at 19:02 But Stephen, you must remember, its far harder to run a firm properly AND treat staff decently than to just flood a page with comments. Reply Link Julian Hedgefund 26 September 2011 at 21:30 There’s a reason the firm has become know as SJ Blagwin… It must have the most hyperactive PR department in the City. Reply Link Anonymous 27 September 2011 at 10:38 grown adults with so much animosity, such a sad sight. Reply Link Anonymous 27 September 2011 at 10:53 Cindy and Shawn qualified in other jurisdictions and spent time practising there and at SJB before qualifying in the UK, so they’re not as junior as the Law Society website might suggest. So many haters out there! Reply Link Ricky Dunn 27 September 2011 at 11:47 I think a few people are a little bit bitter and jealous, all those long hours in the office, no life, 10yrs pqe + and still not a partner! Ma ha! Reply Link Anonymous 27 September 2011 at 12:14 PR is now the only thing which SJ Berwin excels at (along with treating staff like **** of course). The firm wont exist in 10 years’ time, it is falling apart at increasing speed before our eyes. This was actually their marquee practice and it is now a laughing stock. Reply Link Anonymous 27 September 2011 at 12:57 As a senior funds lawyer myself, qualified in both the US and the UK, I can without hesitation confirm that these four are probably the brightest, most talented team that exists either side of the Atlantic. SJB will undoubtedly be the firm of choice for all funds business for the foreseeable future, and any negative comments here are quite clearly from the `little people’ at other firms that are running scared. Reply Link Anonymous 27 September 2011 at 13:13 Anonymous | 27-Sep-2011 12:57 pm is quite right. I’m surprised that the four of them have not yet been snapped up to lead the world out of the current economic crisis, pave the way for world peace or win gold at the 2012 Olympics in the 4x100m relay. Reply Link Danno 27 September 2011 at 14:54 I bet those 4 didn’t think they’d be partners so quickly. It’s almost heartening. Almost. Reply Link Anonymous 28 September 2011 at 03:25 As a former SJB who doesn’t particularly like the firm, I have to say that Ed and Shawn are both excellent. Partners would routinely come in to pick their (scarily big) brains and they were effectively acting as partners on their respective cases. It is a bit quick but good luck to them. Reply Link Anonymous 28 September 2011 at 16:51 Anonymous@3:25am – and what about Cindy V? Reply Link Anonymous 28 September 2011 at 16:52 There must be a LOT of disgruntled senior associates who are (a) more qualified and (b) more deserving than these four for partnership. I wonder if these four were even in consideration last year? I suspect not. Reply Link The Pipelayer 28 September 2011 at 17:16 Julian Hedgefund – Everytime there is any press even remotely linked to SJ Berwin, it seems that you cannot resist making some type of disparaging remark. It makes sense that such a level of animosity must be based on something significant. Just out of curiosity, are you: a) a disgruntled ex SJB employee; b) a lawyer at a competitor firm; or c) still angry that Jonathan Blake spurned your drunken advances at a PE drinks event. Thanks Reply Link Richard 28 September 2011 at 18:10 Until this week, my view of the firm was one of ambivalence at best but this latest decision smacks of nothing more than stupidity. Any firm who promotes someone to partnership who has less than 5 years PQE has lost its grip on reality. I am in touch with several senior associates at SJB who are extremely unhappy with the recent promotions and have started exploring alternative options. The question now is when they will leave, not if they will leave. Reply Link Anonymous 28 September 2011 at 21:26 There are a lot of disgruntled senior associates who are more qualified and deserving. That’s the real shame here. Reply Link Anonymous 29 September 2011 at 02:56 Anonymous@4.52pm, I never worked with Cindy so can’t really comment. It was a huge team at SJB funds (although this has obviously changed now). Reply Link Julian Hedgefund 29 September 2011 at 14:40 Cindy was a paralegal in Construction until 2007. Reply Link Anonymous 29 September 2011 at 22:16 If Nigel had not left Cindy and Shawn would never have even made partner… They were not even close. Ed is a bright spark, but only 5 yrs pqe. Ridiculous decision and clients will see through this pretty immediately. Reply Link Anonymous 29 September 2011 at 22:26 This is sheer panic. Sheer panic. Contrary to SJB’s above self inserted comments – the promotions are not richly deserved at all. If they were then these individuals would have been in the promotions position for this or last year. They were not in last year’s round nor expected to be in this year’s round… Panic. Reply Link Anonymous 29 September 2011 at 22:32 The funny thing is that the firm panicked. Day could have agreed not to panic in this perceived crisis. Wrong decision. Reply Link Anonymous 6 October 2011 at 20:53 I’ve just joined the contruction team at SJB. So, if I transfer to the funds team it seems that I can be made up as a partner in just four years. Time to move! Reply Link disgruntled litigator 6 October 2011 at 21:03 More updates. Do not, repeat, do not, join any other department within SJB other than the funds team. It’s the only department that will make you up. Reply Link high street lawyer 6 October 2011 at 21:13 It’s that bad. So, high st lawyers should be asking to join the SJB funds team. This is surely a long term sustainable area for SJB. SJB is being run by J Blake. Reply Link Pie Man 6 October 2011 at 21:18 I’d love to be a fly on the wall and see how these amazing and expert ‘partners’ are accepted amongt the members… Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.