Women make up 60% of newly promoted Eversheds Sutherland international partners

Forty-strong round marks third consecutive year women have outnumbered men across UK, EMEA and Asia promotions

New London partners Jessica Martin and Lee Harris Images courtesy of Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland has promoted 40 to partner across its international network.

The round includes 24 women – 60% of the total, marking the third consecutive year most of the promotions have gone to women. Last year women made up 55% of the 29-strong round while in 2022 some 20 of the 31 lawyers promoted were women (65%).  

Lee Ranson, CEO of the firm’s international arm, commented: “Each of our talented colleagues has earned their promotions by combining legal expertise, a commitment to building strong and deep client relationships and a key focus on developing their teams.

“We continue to make progress against our diversity targets in the UK and recently revised our ethnicity partner goal to 15% by 2030 and have a UK target of 35% female partners by 2027 with a focus on retaining the best talent at the firm.”

The firm’s UK partnership currently includes 31.6% women, while 10.9% of its partners identify as an ethnicity other than white, according to figures published on its website.  

In terms of geography, 25 of the new partners are based across the firm’s UK network of offices, including eight in London. In Europe there were four promotions in Vilnius, three in Dublin, two in Dusseldorf and one apiece in Hamburg, Geneva, Stockholm, Milan and Madrid. The final promotion went to corporate lawyer Richard Cao in Shanghai.  

The firm’s corporate and commercial practice saw the most promotions, with 14, followed by employment, labour and pensions (10), litigation and dispute management (eight) and real estate (six), with the final two promotions going to international operations duo Simon Hammond and Heidi Short in Leeds.  

Last December Eversheds’ US arm promoted eight lawyers to partner, down from 20 the year before.

The latest round follows Eversheds’ international arm growing revenue 8% to £730.9m in the 2022/23 financial year, against a 4% rise in profit per equity partner (PEP) to £1.29m.  

The promotions are effective 1 May and are as follows:

Company Commercial

Jens Binding, Tax (Dusseldorf)

Richard Cao, Corporate (Shanghai)

Ana Čepinskienė, Corporate (Vilnius)

Ankit Chhabra, Corporate (London)

Sixto De la Calle, Corporate (Madrid)

Lorna Doggett, Commercial (London)

Jonathan Ennis, Corporate (Dublin)

Mark Falkner, Capital Markets and Banking (Stockholm)

Lee Harris, Corporate (London)

Milda Jasaitienė, Corporate (Vilnius)

Jessica Martin, Competition (London)

Tom Milburn, Corporate (Birmingham)

Christopher Murray, Competition (Edinburgh)

Mike Turner, Commercial (Nottingham)


Employment Labor & Pensions

Neringa Bubnaitytė, Employment (Vilnius)

Suzanne Caveney, Employment (Newcastle)

Stephen Chegwin, Employment (Manchester)

Emily Hasted, Employment (Nottingham)

David McKeating, Pensions (Dublin)

Amanda Small, Pensions (Manchester)

Merle Templin, Pensions (Hamburg)

Carol Tissot, Employment (Geneva)

Vanessa Wells, Pensions (London)

Rosamund Wood, Pensions (London)


Litigation & Dispute Management

Helen Amison, CDR (Birmingham)

Deborah Borghi, Litigation (Milan)

Philip Crosbie, Environment H&S & Claims (Leeds)

Arnoldas Jokūbaitis, Dispute Resolution (Vilnius)

Alice Maloney, Construction Litigation (Manchester)

Julianne Treacy, Real Estate Litigation (London)

Victoria Turner, FSDI (Manchester)

Luisa Zukowski, CDR (Manchester)


Real Estate

Rebecca Clowes, Core Real Estate (Birmingham)

Paul McLean, Planning (Leeds)

Charlotte Smart, Core Real Estate (Leeds)

Michelle Stewart, Real Estate (Dublin)

Isabel Strecker, Core Real Estate (Dusseldorf)

Philippa Widman, Core Real Estate (London)


International Operations

Simon Hammond, Director of Business Acceptance (Leeds)

Heidi Short, Director of Governance and Compliance (Leeds)

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