Risk Update

Lawyer Lateral Hiring Week (Part 2) — On Industry Data

US Firms Mostly Hire From Other US Firms in London, 2019 Data Shows” —

  • “U.S.-headquartered law firms in London hired nearly twice as many partners from other U.S. law firms as they did from their U.K. competitors in 2019, Legal Week analysis of lateral hire data has found. In total, nearly 30% of all lateral partner hires in London involved U.S partners defecting to other U.S rivals.”
  • “The data, which was compiled using ALM’s intelligence arm, Legal Compass, and reporting by Legal Week across the year, identified nearly 340 lateral partner hires in London by Am Law 100 and UK Top 50 firms.”
  • “Moves from U.K firms to U.S firms were only marginally higher than the other way round – the former accounting for 13% of moves compared to the latter on 11%. The U.S. threat was still potent however. The Magic Circle lost eleven partners in lateral moves this year, ten of whom moved to U.S firms.”

For more data on industry lateral trends, see a previous summary posted on the risk blog.

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