Half of Baker & McKenzie’s new London partners are women

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International heavyweight promotes 85 lawyers across its global offices


Chicago-headquartered global giant Baker & McKenzie has promoted six City lawyers to partner level, three of which are women.

Those receiving the nod from the City outfit are tax specialist Alistair Craig, competition lawyer Tristan Grimmer, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) expert David Scott, dispute resolution lawyers Francesca Richmond and Kate Corby and employment specialist Julia Wilson.

Taking the City partner headcount at Baker & McKenzie to 89, half of today’s promotions were handed to women.

According to Legal Cheek’s Most List, women currently account for just 19% of Baker’s London partnership. This figure leaves the international heavyweight sitting mid-table in the gender diversity rankings, alongside the likes of Bird & Bird, Reed Smith and Taylor Wessing.

Of the 85 promoted globally, a respectable 40% (34) were handed to women lawyers. M&A, disputes and tax received the lion’s share of the new partners. As things stand Bakers has 1,580 partners across the globe, with more than 400 women filling these top slots.

Last month Linklaters promoted a total of 24 lawyers to its top ranks, including 10 within its London HQ. Despite already boasting a Most List topping 24% female partnership, just two females (20%) were elevated to the top level on this occasion.