Dentons promotes three in UKMEA as turnover climbs to £157m

Dentons has promoted three to partner in the UK, Middle East and Africa (UKMEA) amid its global promotions round, after turnover in the region increased by 6.4 per cent from £147.6m to £157m in 2014/15.

Out of the 47 total lawyers promoted this year, 21 are women.

The drop in the number of UKMEA promotions follows a high last year, when the firm promoted 10 lawyers, six of whom were based in London. A firm spokesperson said that the drop was a result of last year’s high number coupled with a large number of lateral hires during the year.

In London, corporate and M&A lawyer Darren Acres was promoted to partner, alongside Milton Keynes-based employment and labour lawyer Sarah Beeby and Muscat-based litigation and dispute resolution lawyer Haleem Mohammed.

Acres originally qualified in his native South Africa at Glyn Marais, which was previously a member of Dentons’ Africa group before the firm launched its own Cape Town office in 2014. He joined Dentons in 2011.

Beeby qualified at legacy Shakespeares in Milton Keynes and joined Dentons in 2008.

These promotions follow the release of Dentons’ UKMEA 2015 LLP accounts, which show that the firm’s net profit increased from £36.9m to £41.6m.

The highest-paid member at Dentons received £838,000 compared to £703,000 in 2013/14.

The promotions do not include China, which will have a separate promotions round later in the year.

The full list of promotions



  • Rachel Howie, litigation
  • April Kosten, employment and immigration
  • Nathan Roberts, corporate and M&A
  • Doug Schweitzer, restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy


  • Claire Bond, litigation
  • Keith Hennel, tax
  • Ameen Tejani, financial institutions


  • Charles Bardou, corporate


  • Kelly Elliott, financial institutions


  • Jesse Brodlieb, tax
  • Heather Di Dio, pensions, benefits and executive compensation
  • Hartley Lefton, business law
  • Alexandra North, financial institutions
  • Christina Porretta, research


  • Cindy Cheuk, restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy
  • Helen Park, business law and immigration



  • Nadiya Nychay, competition and antitrust


  • Gülistan Baltacı, litigation
  • Semih Sander, litigation


  • Daniel Hurych, banking and finance


  • Tomasz Janas, energy
  • Michał Jochemczak, litigation
  • Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek, employment



  • Darren Acres, corporate and M&A

Milton Keynes

  • Sarah Beeby, employment


  • Haleem Mohammed, litigation



  • Josh Curry, intellectual property and technology
  • Douglas Eingurt, corporate and M&A
  • David Gordon, restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy
  • Petrina Hall McDaniel, litigation


  • Mansi Desai, capital markets

Kansas City

  • Brian Baggott, litigation

Los Angeles

  • Frederic Norris Jr., litigation

New Jersey

  • Jonathan Jemison, litigation

New York

  • Shujaat Ali, capital markets
  • Kristina Beirne, corporate and M&A
  • Jill Allison Opell, insurance
  • Richard Stempler, real estate
  • Richard Williams, tax


  • Christopher Lee, hotels and leisure

San Francisco

  • Bonnie Lau, litigation and dispute resolution
  • Jason Ross, capital markets

St. Louis

  • Danette Davis, real estate
  • Rachel Milazzo, litigation

Washington, DC

  • Younggyu Kim, intellectual property and technology
  • Dana Pashkoff, government contracts
  • Erin Sheppard, government contracts