Lawrence Graham in partner U-turn

Lawrence Graham has made up a lateral hire to its partnership just weeks after revealing that the firm would not be making up any partners internally this year.

New hire David Breslin joins Lawrence Graham’s insurance and reinsurance practice, bolstering the group to seven partners.

However, Breslin’s hire as a partner comes just weeks after Lawrence Graham announced that it would not be making any internal partner promotions this financial year.

The unusual move had been explained as a demographic quirk, as the firm’s strict rule of only considering seven year-qualified assistants meant no one was in the frame for promotion this year.

Head of insurance and reinsurance Nick Bradley said it was a young team comprised of many lawyers with less than seven years’ post-qualification experience. As such, it had looked externally for a lateral hire who would add to the group’s expertise.