UK promotions down at DLA Piper

DLA Piper has cut the number of UK lawyers being promoted to its partnership by 20 per cent in the latest round, with 16 making the grade compared to 20 in 2008.

There were eight new partners created in London, the lowest figure in three years and down from 12 last year. In Manchester, where six were made up in 2008, there were just two promotions.

Across the firm, promotions fell by around a quarter with 53 new partners across the global network compared to 69 the previous year.

DLA Piper joint CEO Lee Miller said: “This group of lawyers has demonstrated great value to both colleagues and clients.”

The corporate practice saw the largest number of new partners at 17, while in 2008 the litigation and regulatory practice was the biggest beneficiary.

Other practices to secure promotions were litigation with 13, finance (9), real estate (6), IP and technology (4), restructuring (3) and employment (1).

In the UK, the highest number of new partners outside of London was in Leeds, where three were made up. Edinburgh and Birmingham saw one and two promotions respectively.

Globally, there were 13 promotions in the US, 17 in Europe and six in Asia. In the Middle East, Mark Northey was made up in the Dubai finance and projects group.

Joint CEO Nigel Knowles said: “These appointments will help ensure we continue to shape the future of commercial law across the globe.”

The firm also raised 21 lawyers to the role of legal director and promoted 74 new associates.

The new UK partners and legal directors are:

Birmingham, UK
Steven Norris , IPT Partner
Paul Kirby Finance and Projects, Partner

Edinburgh, UK
Stuart McMillan, Finance and Projects, Partner

Leeds, UK
Louise Hendry, Employment Pensions and Benefits, Legal Director
Roger McCourt, Litigation and Regulatory, Partner
David Young, Litigation and Regulatory, Partner
John Gallon, Corporate, Partner

Liverpool, UK
Catherine Radcliffe, Litigation and Regulatory, Legal Director
Jonathan Radcliffe, Corporate, Legal Director
Mark Dale, Employment Pensions and Benefits, Legal Director

London, UK
Julia McCabe, Restructuring, Legal Director
Tina Phelps, Restructuring, Legal Director
Elinor Lloyd, Litigation and Regulator,y Legal Director
Michael Gwydir, Corporate, Legal Director
Caroline Stockwell, Litigation and Regulatory, Partner
Stewart Perry, Restructuring, Partner
David Williams, Corporate (Funds), Partner
Paul Rutherford, Corporate (Tax), Partner
Kathy Sharp, Finance and Projects, Partner
Tamsyn Mileham, Finance and Projects, Partner
Duncan Pithouse, IPT, Partner
Tamara Calvert, Employment Pensions & Benefit,s Partner

Manchester, UK
Vanessa Rickard, Real Estate, Legal Director
Ian Wood, Finance and Projects, Partner
Nick Helm, Finance and Projects, Partner

Michael Wright, Litigation and Regulatory, Legal Director
Ailish Oxenforth, Litigation and Regulatory, Legal Director