Slaughter and May looks East in two-strong promotions round

Slaughter and May has announced a drop in its partner promotions for this year, with two associates joining the ranks.

Only one London associate has been made up compared with five last year, with an additional lawyer earning promotion in Hong Kong this year. None of the new promotions are in corporate, the firm’s traditional area of focus.

The Bunhill Row firm has made up City finance associate Ed Fife and Hong Kong disputes associate Mark Hughes.

The promotions have a notable Asian slant, with Fife having spent two years in the Hong Kong office and Hughes transferring to the location in 2010.

The round of new partners is down on last year, when five stepped up in the City, including three in corporate (24 March 2011). The firm made up two in 2010, including one in London.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer also announced a drop in City promotions earlier this week, with the firm making up five London partners compared with nine last year (28 March 2012).