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Slaughter and May makes up ten new partners
18 March 2016
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Slaughter and May announced on Wednesday that it would promote ten new partners in May: a remarkable feat for a firm that normally makes up only two or three per year.

It is the firm's largest round of promotions since 2000. All ten are in London and eight of them trained at Slaughters. The news means that about 9% of the trainee intake made partner, which compares to under 4% of their counterparts at Freshfields. And it also means they will all now earn a million a year. Bingo.

Although unlike at Freshfields, only one of the ten is a woman. It seems incredible, in 2016, that a major firm would be promoting just one woman in a cohort of ten, and senior partner Chris Saul said that the shocking figure was "entirely accidental". He said that last year the split was 50/50, over the last five years (including this) 30% of new partners have been women and that, as of 10th May, four of the firm's practice heads will be women.

    The new partners. How it might look.

Saul also said that whilst it was an unusually high number of promotions, it was not without precedent. He himself had been one of ten when he made partner in 1986, and he said that there had simply been a large number of exceptional candidates this year.



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anonymous user
18/03/2016 09:43
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It would be more surprising to find that any of those partners had any children whose names they could remember.
anonymous user
18/03/2016 10:16
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Only one of the ten is a woman. The Old Boys club lives on. How this could be "accidental" is beyond me.
18/03/2016 10:44
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When 90% of women solicitors marry lower earner non sexist men and 90% of men and only 10% of women go part time or stop work when babies come we might make a bit of progress.
anonymous user
18/03/2016 11:38
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Not sure about the photo and how a meeting of the new partners might look. It might look like that, but only if 30% of the new partners are in a gimp cage under the table. Either that or someone at ROF can't count.
anonymous user
20/03/2016 07:31
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Presumably it is 'accidental' (which is a very unfotunate choice of words) in the sense that they simply picked the best candidates (in their view) and they happened to be mainly men.

I suspect in many ways the slaughters method (i.e. tap on the shoulder with no real process) is less biased against women than the very formal processes the other big firms in the UK now all seem to run which are basically extended, vaguely confrontational interviews.

Unless the way law firms do business radically changes (i.e. the hours get much shorter), or society radically changes (so that men taking the lead on looking after children becomes normal) then we'll probably always have some sort of imbalance.

anonymous user
22/03/2016 16:24
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Well done Slaughter and May. I think that people should congratulate the firm for making so many partners, specially when most of them trained at the firm