PARTNERSHIP 2008: Hammonds: Brum, building, a baby and a barrister

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008, 10.45
Hammonds: Brum, building, a baby and a barrister

Baltis and the Bullring are arguably the things most closely associated with Birmingham – lawyering comes in third at best.

So why on earth has Hammonds made seven of its 19 partner promotions there?

Looking at the breakdown is a clue. Three of the seven new partners are in the urban regeneration field: property and construction.

The other four are all in arenas that are needed once regeneration has taken place: commercial, employment, pensions and tax strategies.

In short, Hammonds is tooling itself with a one-stop shop for regeneration and beyond in Brum. Doesn’t exactly fit with the firm’s vision to become more European, but then a good gig is a good gig, right?

Melanie Williams, one of the new property partners, claims that the Birmingham lawyers don’t work separately from their European counter-parts. “We have dealings with them such as going to Mipim,” she says.

Hmmm, quite.

Williams says that she was inspired to become a lawyer as a child.

“My parents divorced when I was very young and came under the care of a female barrister. When I saw how she had managed to make a great career for herself I knew I could too,” she explains.

A stalwart Brummie, she confirms Birmingham is a growth office due to that city’s regeneration boom, but denies that work hailing from outside the region is only from businesses keen to cut cost on low-priority projects by sending them outside London.

“If the talent is in Birmingham then that’s where the work will go – it’s not just about saving money,” she concludes.

Partnership forecast:

Brum: Sunny
Regeneration: Heatwave
Women: Cloudy with breaks of sunshine
Europe: Patchy showers

Previous Partnership 2008 blogs.

Bird & Bird promotions: only two birds – Monday, April 14th, 2008
Eversheds Paris: female partners multiplying – Monday, April 14th, 2008
Eversheds female promotions dwindle – Friday, April 11th, 2008
Slaughter and May: ladies, long hours and longevity – Thursday, April 10th
Russell Jones & Walker: More to the core – Tuesday, April 8th
A&O in the Middle East: one new partner, back-up on the way – Monday, April 7th
Clifford Chance: Popham puts his money where his mouth isMonday, April 7th
Nabarro, Hunton & HosseiniFriday, April 4th
Addleshaws: managing associatesFriday, April 4th
Nabarro promotions down (under) Thursday, April 3rd
Hunton & Williams: The London eye Thursday, April 3rd
The corporate partnership: Superwomen only?Wednesday, April 2nd
Ashurst promotions: expectation management Wednesday, April 2nd
Pinsents’ Leeds’ ladies take the lead Monday, March 31st
Herbies…continued… Thursday, March 27th
Herbies shakes things upThursday, March 27th
Macfarlanes predicts a good yearThursday, March 26th
Burges Salmon talks the talkWednesday, March 26th
Trowers promotions dwindleTuesday, March 25th
Wragges’ ups the firm’s real estate profileThursday, March 20th
Olswang‘s year of change Thursday, March 20th
Camerons goes East Wednesday, March 19th
Ince & Co: happy days for men in boats Tuesday, March 18th
Freshfields refills partnershipMonday, March 17th