Farrer, Mishcon change focus in partner rounds

Farrer, Mishcon change focus in partner rounds
Farrer & Co and Mishcon de Reya, two firms particularly well known for their private client practices, have snubbed the area in their partnership promotions.

Farrer has made its largest round of promotions to date by electing four to join the partnership, while Mishcon, which last year failed to make any promotions, made up two.

James Furber, who will become senior partner at Farrer in May, said three of the four promotions were homegrown, “a trait which Farrer is known for”.

Of the Farrer promotions, Jonathan Eley and David Hunt are in employment, Jeremy ;Tizzard ;is ;in corporate ;and ;Joanne Coleman is in the charity and community practice.

Furber ;said: ;”The employment practice is buzzing, and with the firm having trusted adviser status for several charities we’re expected to stay alert to employment issues.”

Coleman advises the Charity Commission on investigations, while Tizzard specialises in corporate transactions. “The corporate practice is also buzzing.” said Furber. “In billing terms we’re doing 10 times more deals and we’re not as affected by the slowdown in the banking sector because of our practice areas.”

Mishcon ;has ;made two rare promotions, with Melissa Leeson in the family practice and John England in the commercial property practice.

Leeson specialises in complex multijurisdictional separation and divorce cases that involve significant assets. England specialises in the acquisition and disposal of investment properties.