Reed Smith adds one new partner in London in 18-strong round

In total the US firm promoted 18 to partner across its network, 16 of which are based in the firm’s US offices. Europe received two – construction lawyer Richard Ceeney in London and corporate lawyer Anthony Poulopoulos in Piraeus.

Promotions at the firm have dipped slightly compared to last December, when the firm promoted a total of 22 to partner. London received four promotions.

Overall the majority of US firms have cut their number of promotions this year. Last week reported that Latham & Watkins promoted 23 compared to 30 in 2008 while Weil Gotshal & Manges added three to its partnership compared to seven the year before (1 December 2009).

White & Case has bucked the trend this year making 33 up to partner compared to 21 last year. The firm’s London office added a total of six compared to two last year.