Monday, 29 April 2019

CMS announces largest ever promotion round with women making up half of 49-strong cohort

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CMS announces largest ever promotion round with women making up half of 49-strong cohort

CMS has added its name to the growing list of firms increasing their partner intake this year, with its cohort up two on last year’s 47.

It was a particularly improved show for gender diversity as 47% of the 49 new partners globally are women. In the UK, 16 of the firm’s 21 promotions across seven offices were women.

Two years on from the three way merger with Nabarro and Olswang, the firm also upped the ante in London, as 14 were given the nod compared to 11 in 2018.

Aberdeen saw two promoted, while Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bristol, Manchester and Sheffield got one new partner each.

Outside the UK, France had the largest intake with seven promoted, while Germany saw a much smaller intake this time around, with just three minted compared to nine last year.

UK senior partner Penelope Warne (pictured) told Legal Business: ‘We have promoted our top talent. We have not gone out of our way to choose women over men. It’s been something which is entirely organic within our firm, not something we have deliberately tried to do in an artificial way. But it’s a very good news story.’

She added: ‘The firm is a growing firm. It’s been a very good year. The combination in the UK with Olswang and Nabarro has been a great success from our perspective. The business has been very busy and that of course enables us to create more career opportunities for all of our people, which is fantastic.’

CMS is the latest firm to increase its promotion round this year, with all Magic Circle firms except Slaughter and May increasing their intake both globally and in the City.

marco.cillario@legalbusiness.co.uk