Stevens & Bolton goes on hiring spree

South East firm Stevens & Bolton has won partners from Allen & Overy and Middleton Potts, growing its partnership to 22. Corporate finance lawyer Jonathan Porteous (left) joins from A&O, where he was most recently a partner in the Amsterdam office. Howard Lupton (right) joins the commercial property department from Middleton Potts, where he specialised in retail and industrial development work. He brings client relationships including MJ Gleeson Group and Belgrave Land. Assistant Sarah Gregory is joining with him. The firm has also announced its figures, reporting an increase in turnover of 20 per cent to £9.1m for 2001-02. Average equity partner profit shares were also up to £245,000 with a range of £135,000-£445,000.