Speechly Bircham promotes four to partner

Speechly Bircham has announced it will promote four lawyers to its partnership this year, increasing its partner headcount to 90.

Michael Lingens
Michael Lingens

Financial services lawyers Kate Troup and Rhys Novak, corporate finance lawyer Duncan Scott and real estate lawyer Robert Kilgour will become partners on 1 May.

In a statement, managing partner Michael Lingens said: “Although we’re delighted that the firm continues to attract high quality partners externally, we’re equally proud to nurture and develop home-grown talent, as exemplified by the four new partners this year.”

Troup specialises in financial services regulatory work, both advisory and transactional, with a particular expertise in advising clients in the wealth management sector and advising private banks on the structuring and documentation of their lending and account services.

Novak focuses on advising financial services clients on contentious issues, and is also taking a leading role in the firm’s financial investigations team, advising clients on setting up anti-bribery policies and procedures and dealing with business crime matters.

Scott’s practice centres on companies quoted on the main market or AIM, where he has experience in advising investment banks, investors, asset managers and quoted companies on both capital raising and continuing governance matters.

Kilgour has experience across a broad spectrum of commercial property work including large portfolio acquisitions and disposals, enabling him to play a major role in developing the firm’s work with real estate investors and developers.

The promotions follow recent lateral hires including head of private equity Malcolm MacDougall who joined from DLA Piper, real estate finance partner Brendan Slack who defected from SJ Berwin, and corporate finance and financial services partner Jonathan Crawford, who joined from Mayer Brown.

In 2009 Speechly promoted four to its partnership (11 May 2009), while last year it made up three.