Move On Up: Hill Dickinson

Liverpool wins out on internal promotions, Manchester for laterals, but churn means the partnership size has stayed static

North West firm Hill Dickinson has made a lot of lateral hires and internal promotions in the past few years at all levels of its partnership – but equally it has lost a significant ­number to other firms, or to life and career choices.

There is a noticeable bifurcation in the firm’s hiring and promotion ­patterns. The bulk of the partners who have been made up since 2007 (the firm was unable to provide ­promotion figures for 2006-07) have been based in Hill Dickinson’s ­Liverpool office, with a handful in London and Chester.

The firm’s Manchester base has benefitted most from lateral hiring, with a few hires in each of Hill ­Dickinson’s other offices.

Only one promotion has been made in any of Hill Dickinson’s overseas offices, with Maria Moisidou being made up in Piraeus in 2009. There have been no overseas laterals in the period under scrutiny.

Between 2007 and 2011 Hill Dickinson promoted 31 people into its LLP. Just over two-thirds of these were men. The firm’s insurance, ­marine and health teams attracted the most new partners.

Julian Diaz-Rainey, commercial litigation partner

Diaz-Rainey is one of several partners to have joined from Halliwells

Clare Walker, insurance partner

Insurance specialist Walker joined in 2009

Maria Moisidou, shipping partner

Piraeus-based Moisidou is the only partner promoted outside the UK in recent years