Addleshaw Goddard has halved its partner promotions from 2004-05, with five associates promoted to partner for the new financial year.
The firm’s corporate, real estate, projects, property litigation and employment practices all received one new partner each.
Last year the firm promoted ten to the partnership, with corporate and litigation both receiving three promotions, while projects and real estate both had two promotions.
The Leeds office saw three partner promotions, while London had two. Manchester had none.
A spokesman for the firm said: “On paper it may look like we’ve halved promotions, but last year we accelerated growth to keep the momentum up. It does not mean there has been any slow down in the firm’s growth.”
Additionaly, the firm has promoted five to the position of legal director, an alternative partner position offered by Addleshaws.
Addleshaw’s HR director Judith Hardy told The Lawyer, a legal director “sits adjacent to partnership [and] may not carry the same business development expectations”.
Legal directors have been appointed to the corporate, commercial, contentious, construction litigation and real estate practices.
The legal director positions have been spread with two each in Leeds and Manchester and one in London.
Addleshaw’s senior partner Paul Lee said: “Our track record shows that we are committed to attracting, retaining and developing great people.
“[The promoted lawyers] have the right blend of talent and energy to help the firm attract and retain more great clients and to take the firm forward in line with our ambition to be `identifiably different` and a major player in the UK legal market.”
The appointments take effect from 2 May 2006.