Travers Smith announces first ever all-female partner promotion round

Travers Smith announces first ever all-female partner promotion round

Travers Smith has unveiled its partner promotions for 2017, with four female associates making the cut. The number is slightly less than last year, when six associates (two of whom were women) were made up.

The new partners will assume their roles on July 1 2017, and all offer a different expertise. Heather Gagen has been made up in dispute resolution, possessing extensive experience as a commercial litigator. Gagen’s practice is broad and includes acting on shareholder claims and fraud cases.

Hannah Manning has been promoted to Travers’ tax department, specialising in tax on private equity transactions. Manning recently advised the management team of Source Holdings on its sale to investment managers Invesco UK.

Emma Havas will become a partner in the firm’s private equity practice. Havas advises clients such as Treehouse Group and Camden Ventures on matters such as group simplifications, management incentive plans and bolt-ons.

Travers’ real estate team has been broadened with the promotion of Emma Pereira. Pereira advises real estate funds on high-value investments and carries experience in the retail, student accommodation and logistics sectors.

Travers’ senior partner Chris Hale (pictured) commented: ‘We are excited not just to be able to promote these talented lawyers to the partnership, but to have our first ever female cohort of new partners. Each individual has demonstrated a strong track record of delivering an outstanding service to clients and we are confident they will each play an important part in the future success of both the teams in which they work and the firm as a whole.’

Elsewhere, Taylor Wessing also posted a slightly reduced promotion round as the firm made up ten partners, down on last year’s 15. RPC has promoted one more than last year, making up four partners to the firm’s London office.

This article first appeared on The Lex 100‘s sister publication, Legal Business.