Taylor Wessing favours global network in 16-strong promos round

Taylor Wessing has made up just one London associate to partner in a 16-strong annual promotions round, with the news coming alongside Mills & Reeve’s addition of six new partners ahead of its merger with George Davies.


Tim Eyles
Tim Eyles

Taylor Wessing has given the nod to City private client senior associate Kirstie McGuigan, who joined the firm as an associate in 2007.

The promotions are heavily Germany-focused, with ten making the grade across Munich (four), Düsseldorf (two), Berlin (two), Frankfurt (one) and Hamburg (one).

In addition, one lawyer has been promoted in each of Budapest, Vienna and Bratislava, as well as two in Prague.

Across the network, four new partners are in corporate, the practice receiving the most partner additions. This is closely followed by real estate (three) and trade marks and designs (three), while EU, competition, antitrust and trade, banking and finance, patents, private client, environmental planning and regulatory and the China group benefit from one new partner each.

Last year the firm made up six lawyers to the partnership globally, including one corporate and private wealth specialist in London and a quintet in Germany (9 May 2012).

The promotions take the firm’s total worldwide partner count to 370, which it said represented a 32 per cent growth rate over the past five years.

Managing partner Tim Eyles told The Lawyer: “We are an international firm, we’ve had big growth internationally – we’re now up to 370 partners. It’s not surprising that the bulk of the balance of the promotions is extremely international, in places where a few years ago we weren’t present.

“It’s happened this year that there’s a limited number in the UK. It’s hard to be absolutely predicting, but I can see the practice growing well and I would expect a different number in the UK next year.”

Taylor Wessing has also promoted four associates to senior counsel, which the firm describes as a role reflecting a lawyer’s “exceptional contribution to the life of the firm” and “opening up the opportunity to be more involved in wider management”. Three of these are in London, while one corporate promotion is currently on secondment to Singapore arm RHT Law Taylor Wessing.

Meanwhile, national firm Mills & Reeve has made up two lawyers to partner in Manchester covering family and private tax in addition to one private tax promotion in Birmingham, a Cambridge-based projects and construction specialist and a Norwich duo spanning employment and insurance.

The additions comes ahead of the firm’s June merger with Manchester outfit George Davies, which was confirmed in a vote earlier this week (24 April 2013).

Mills & Reeve senior partner Mark Jeffries said in a statement: “I expect that the ‘class of 2013’, along with our enlarged Manchester office, will be very significant for the future of Mills & Reeve.”

Taylor Wessing partner promotions in full:

Adrian Birnbach (real estate, Munich)

Torsten Braner (corporate, Budapest)

Michael Brüggemann (EU, competition, antitrust and trade, Düsseldorf)

Harald Czermak (real estate, Vienna)

Anja Disput (real estate, Frankfurt)

Petr Dobes (trade marks and designs, Prague)

Ortrun Günzel (trade marks and designs, Munich)

Hagen Hasselbrink (corporate, Berlin)

Tim Heitling (corporate, Berlin)

Silvia Hlavacková (banking and finance, Bratislava)

Anja Lunze (patents, Munich)

Kirstie McGuigan (private client, London)

Thomas Rechberger (corporate, Munich)

Jakob Riemenschneider (China group, Munich)

Roland Schmidt-Bleker (environmental planning and regulatory, Düsseldorf)

Thorsten Troge (trade marks and designs, Hamburg)

Taylor Wessing senior counsel promotions in full:

Lee Bagshaw (corporate, Singapore – on secondment)

Marcus Earnshaw (finance, London)

Sian Skelton (IT, telecoms and competition, London)

Louise Tobutt (real estate, London)

Mills & Reeve partner promotions in full:

Alison Bull (family, Manchester)

Deborah Clark (private tax, Manchester)

Neil Davies (insurance, Norwich)

John Grundy (private tax, Birmingham)

James Kidd (employment, Norwich)

Stuart Thompson (projects and construction, Cambridge)