Firms reveal German partner promotions

It Is that time of year again when hardworking and ambitious senior associates wait to see if they have impressed their bosses and can join the partnership.

As has been well documented by The Lawyer, it can be hard enough making it into the partnership, but for the associates of the UK-headquartered firms there is the extra challenge of reminding management that it is not only associates in London who are worried about their career prospects.

A survey of partnership promotions at the top UK firms in Germany certainly throws up a mixed bag of results (see table).

Taylor Wessing goes to the top of the chart with 11 out of 19 partner promotions, or 59 per cent, made in Germany.

At the other end of the scale, Allen & Overy, which earlier this year announced a record set of promotions, could only find room for one new German partner in Frankfurt in banking lawyer Oliver Waldburg.

Lovells made up six partners in Germany this year, or 33 per cent, with the majority in Frankfurt. Lovells has a history of making up a good percentage of partners in Germany. Last year, three out of nine partners were from the German offices.

However, Lovells’ German operation has also suffered a series of departures over the past year and needed to boost it partnership count.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Germany’s largest firm by turnover and partners, made room for just two new partners, plus one in Austria.

The promotions were in corporate, IT and tax. They are in line with recent years, which saw four lawyers made up in 2005 and three in 2004.