BLG promotes in all practice areas

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has made up five associates to partner, promoting its first employment lawyer for several years.

The firm’s promotions also include one new partner in each of BLG’s core practice areas: general insurance, commercial litigation, corporate and aviation.

Employment lawyer Nick Dent’s promotion is in response to a recent flurry of work in the department. He becomes the third UK-based employment partner, joining Robert Hill and Matthew Howse.

Litigator Melanie Ryan is the only woman to be promoted to the partnership this year.

Senior partner Richard Dedman said the new partners had all proved they understood what clients want. The promotions take effect on 1 May.