CMS and Addleshaw Goddard unveil record partnership rounds – but fewer women make the grade
Gender diversity of new partners slips at both firms after strong gains for women in recent years
CMS and Addleshaw Goddard have unveiled record partnership promotion rounds accompanied by significant declines in the proportion of women made up.
Some 65 partners have been made up across the CMS network, five more than last year. The proportion of women, however, has fallen to 33% from 43% in 2022. That is the lowest proportion since 2017, when 27% of new partners were women. The high water mark for the firm was in 2019 when 47% of the cohort was female.
At Addleshaws, 20 lawyers were made up in a round that matched its record 2022 cohort. However, just six of the new partners are women (30%), a marked decline from 2022, when there was a 50:50 gender split, and 2021, when women made up 45% of the new partners.
Neither firm responded immediately to requests by GLP to comment on the gender breakdowns. Law firms, however, generally warn against taking individual promotion rounds in isolation, and instead point to broader trends.
While CMS does not publish numeric diversity targets, its diversity and inclusion charter commits it to ‘continuously improving all aspects pertaining to diversity and inclusion’.
This includes ‘maintaining equitable gender representation’ among leadership positions; ‘achieving women’s representation, appointed as partners pro rata to the number of female members’ and ‘training members to promote diversity and inclusion across the organisation, including in order to rule out any unconscious bias’.
Last year, Addleshaws reported that it had already met three of eight gender diversity targets it had set for 2023: that 26% of UK equity partners, 40% of voting board members and 50% of business services heads are women.
Its 2023 target for the partnership is for 32% to be women, a proportion that had reached 30% last year.
At CMS, the bumper promotion round spanned 28 cities across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Some 39 new partners are spread across the firm’s network of continental European offices – the same as last year – while the UK tally is up by one to 16, of whom seven are women, 44% of the tally.
There were five promotions in South America and four in South Africa, while one lawyer in the Middle East was promoted.
CMS UK senior partner Penelope Warne said: “The promotions extend across a broad range of countries as well as practice and sector groups, reflecting the industries and geographies in which our clients are based and operate. It’s also a reflection of the investment and support the firm provides to its people enabling them to thrive and reach their full potential.”
The Addleshaws promotions come amid a concerted growth push at the firm, which has seen it swell its partner ranks by almost 30 to 369 over the past year.
Like last year, the latest cohort includes lawyers from each of Addleshaws' four divisions – corporate and commercial, finance and projects, litigation and real estate – that advise across the firm’s core sectors of energy and utilities, financial services, healthcare, real estate, retail & consumer and transport.
The firm once again focused its promotions on its home turf, with 16 of those promoted based in the UK, including nine in London, four in Manchester and three in Leeds. Paris welcomed two new partners with the promotions rounded out by two promotions in the Singapore office.
Senior partner, Charles Penney, said: "Our footprint continues to grow with the opening of our four new European offices last year and another soon to open this year in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We continue to pursue recruitment very actively, but as important to us as part of our growth strategy is providing opportunities to our home-grown talent.
"We look forward to working with our new partners to grow our business and to continue their development as future leaders of our firm."
The full list of promoted partners
Austria - Vienna
Arno Zimmermann, Corporate/M&A, Litigation & Arbitration
Hans Lederer, Intellectual Property, Technology, Media & Telecoms, Commercial
Klaus PateterTechnology, Media & Telecoms, Commercial, Start-ups
Belgium (EU Law Office) - Brussels
Siobhan Kahmann, Competition & Trade
Bosnia & Herzegovina - Sarajevo
Sanja Voloder, Corporate/M&A, Technology, Media & Telecoms
Bulgaria - Sofia
Antonia Kehayova, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate & Construction, Public Procurement, Intellectual Property, Insurance
Colombia - Bogotá
Leopoldo Olavarría, Corporate/M&A, Energy & Climate Change, Commercial
France - Paris
Geoffrey Levesque, Banking & Finance
Virginie Corbet-Picard, Corporate/M&A, Private Equity
Benoît Gomel, Corporate/M&A, Private Equity
Maïté Ollivier, Employment & Pensions
William Hamon, Tax
Sarah Dardour-Attali, Tax
Thomas Maur, Banking, Finance & Insurance
Dr. Florian Plagemann, Corporate/M&A
Dr. Benedikt Forschner, Employment
Dr. Martin Friedberg, Tax
Giacomo Cavasola, Corporate/M&A
Marco Iannacci, Dispute Resolution – Public Law
Matia Campo, Technology, Media & Telecoms, Intellectual Property
Luca Vincenzi, Tax
Andreea Antonescu, Corporate/M&A
Hugo Arellano, Employment
Netherlands - Amsterdam
Oskar van de Weijer, Litigation & Insurance
Jasper Kampherbeek, Real Estate – Civil Law Notaries
Jan Peter IJspeert, Real Estate & Construction
Norway - Oslo
Henrik NordlingAntitrust, Competition & Trade
Alf Amund Gulsvik, Public Procurement
Oman - Muscat
Charles Dolphin, Energy & Infrastructure
Peru - Lima
Alessandra Cocchella, Dispute Resolution
Jesús Abanto, Energy & Climate Change
Nestor Shimabukuro, Public Procurement, Infrastructure & Projects
Yessica Manzur, Tax
Poland - Warsaw
Alicja Zalewska-Orabona, Intellectual Property, Trade Marks
Portugal - Lisbon
Tiago Valente de Oliveira, Corporate/M&A
Bernardo Cunha Ferreira, Energy & Climate Change
Tiago Machado Graça, Lusophone Africa
Romania - Bucharest
Mihai Jiganie-Serban, Dispute Resolution, White Collar Crime
Serbia - Belgrade
Nenad Kovačević, Dispute Resolution, Corporate/ M&A, Competition & EU
Marija Marošan, Real Estate, Energy & Climate Change, Renewables
Spain - Madrid
Irene Miró, Corporate/M&A, Energy & Climate Change
Ignacio Cerrato, Corporate/M&A, Private Equity, Energy & Climate Change
Pedro Ferreras, Corporate/M&A, Technology, Media & Telecoms, Start-ups, Automotive
South Africa - Johannesburg
Andre van den Berg, Banking & Finance, Hotels & Leisure, Real Estate, Technology, Media & Telecoms
Bridgett Majola, Banking & Finance, Project Finance/Energy & Infrastructure
Kabelo Dlothi, Corporate/M&A, Private Equity Energy & Climate Change
Lucinda Hixman, Employment & Labour
Switzerland - Zurich
Dr. Simone Brauchbar Birkhäuser, Intellectual Property & Consumer Products
Dr. Matthias Kuert, Banking & Finance
United Kingdom London
Sam Oustayiannis, Commercial, Technology & Media
Daniel Weston, Corporate, Private Equity
Jamie Burgess, Corporate, Private Equity
Amanda Chamming’s, Pensions
Natalie Mee, Pensions
Matthew Brown, Energy & Infrastructure
Sarah Brook, Financial Services
Tom Callaby, Financial Services
Kelly Saliger, Intellectual Property, Trade Marks
Sara Keag, Real Estate Disputes
Irfaan Khaliq, Real Estate Transactions
Scott Curtis, Real Estate Transactions
Philip Reid, Corporate, Tax
Fiona Henderson, Finance
David Dennis, Commercial, Technology & Media
Davinia Cowden, Energy & Infrastructure
Francois Alambret – Employment (Paris)
Oliver Broomfield – Corporate (London)
Sam Cary – Construction (London)
Sylvie Chandesris – Transactional Real Estate (Paris)
Nikhil Chary – Corporate (London)
Neeta Chityal – Global Investigations (London)
Marcus Collins – Corporate (Singapore)
Michael Corbett – Transactional Real Estate (Manchester)
Mark Crane – Competition (Manchester)
Dan Glowacz – Transactional Real Estate (Leeds)
Rebecca Hickman – Financial Regulation (London)
Alex Hogarth – Commercial Disputes (London)
Charles Liu – Corporate (Singapore)
Matt Lucas – Transactional Real Estate (London)
Andrew Moore – Employment (Manchester)
James Mort – Commercial (Leeds)
Louise Pritchard – Corporate (London)
Emma Sadler – Restructuring (Leeds)
Greg Simms – Real Estate Disputes (London)
Nadine Waters – Commercial (Manchester)
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