Norton Rose promotes 11 in reduced round

Norton Rose has made up 11 new partners, one fewer than last year and five down on 2008’s figure of 16.

London boasts four new partners, the same number as last year and one fewer than in 2008. Two will be based in Singapore, two in Australia (one each in Brisbane and Melbourne), with the firm’s Abu Dhabi, Athens and Riyadh offices each gaining one new partner.

Chief executive Peter Martyr (pictured) said: “We try to keep it reasonably spread. Over the last few years there’s been more growth internationally than in London.

“Australia’s been where the big change is and there have been a few laterals with more in the pipeline.”

The firm has made 16 lateral hires over the past 12 months, with five of those in Australia following the tie up with Deacons, which was rubber stamped at the turn of the year.

In terms of practice groups, corporate dominates with seven partners being made up. One each comes from dispute resolution, employment, real estate and tax.

Martyr added: “We want to keep a balance [between practice areas] but it’s about where the candidates are in their cycles. In lateral terms, we’ve had more in banking than in corporate so it balances that out.

“It’s not a bad time to have lots of new corporate [partners] come up.”

Herbert Smith yesterday revealed that 18 partners are being made up (20 April 2010), while Eversheds has promoted 19 (19 April 2010) and Lovells given the nod to 21 (15 April 2010).

The new Norton Rose partners in full are:


Chris Grieves, corporate finance

Nigel Hewitson, real estate

Jason Moss, corporate finance

Angela Savin, tax


KC Lye, dispute resolution

Daniel Yong, corporate finance


Murray Procter, employment


Michael Park, corporate

Abu Dhabi

Patrick Watson-Thorp, corporate finance


Dimitris Assimakis, corporate


Darren McGlinchey, corporate finance