A&O, Freshfields each gain 18 partners

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have made up 18 lawyers apiece to their partnerships in this year’s promotion round.

While A&O’s figure is a drop from last year’s 20, Freshfields made up four more partners this time around. Of Freshfields’ new partners, six come from its London office, while only two of A&O’s are based in the City. Three women from each of the magic circle firms made the grade, representing 17 per cent of the new partners.