Partner Age Demographics

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We have analysed the partners’ ages of the top 100 or so incorporated law firms in the UK. Our analysis covered over 12,000 partners of legal firms and hence should be fairly representative.  We have used the data from Companies House filings; we know from each company’s annual return how many partners they have and their date of birth and we compiled the data in 2013. Note that the data relates to partners of the LLPs, and not to equity partners.


We banded the partners into 5 year bands from 30 up to 65. Interestingly there were no partners under the age of 30 and only a few over 65.  We also calculated the average ages. For most large firms, the largest group of partners is in the 40-45 age band, and the average age of a partner at a top firm is now 47 years.

 

The chart shows the frequency distribution of the firms average age with a pretty even spread and a pretty narrow range. There are 18 firms with an average age over 50, and 13 firms with an average age of under  45 – with 138 in our sample, that leaves over 100 firms in the 45-50 year age bracket. There is nothing outrageous or unexpected in this, but it highlights how conservative the profession is, and we would expect that the average ages of Goldman Sachs partners, for example would be radically different (Goldmans refused to supply us with the information).


The data will be published in Q4 2014, in the form of an interactive tool embedded in the website which allows the user to chart one firm against another, but if you would like more information ro early access to the data, please email us at info@behindthebalancesheet.com.

 

The interactive chart facility below allows you to compare the partners' age demographics of one firm with another or against the profession average. Simply scroll down using the two dropdowns and click on the firms you wish to select.

The following table shows the average age and number of partners at each of the firms we reviewed. Simply scroll through the list which is in alphabetical order to find your firm.

 

Name: Average Partner Age: Total No. Partners:
Average firm 47.2 12300
Addleshaw Goddard 46.2 146
Allen and Overy 46.1 377
Anderson Strathern 49.8 54
Anthony Collins 47.1 21
Ashfords 47.5 75
Ashurst 45.3 192
Baker & Mackenzie 46.0 81
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert 46.5 45
Bates Wells & Braithwaite 49.3 29
Berrymasn Lace Mawer 48.8 62
Berwin Leighton 47.3 188
Bevan Brittan 48.2 35
Biggart Baillie 48.4 29
Bircham Dyson Bell 51.4 45
Bird & Bird 47.0 222
Birketts 48.7 58
Bond Pearce 46.7 73
Brabners Chaffe Street 48.0 77
Brodies 47.3 76
Browne Jacobson 46.7 64
Burges Salmon 45.1 69
Burness Paull & WIlliamson 44.7 58
Capsticks 47.7 17
Charles Russell 47.3 89
Clarke Willmott 47.4 64
Clifford Chance 47.7 468
Clyde & Co 48.0 206
CMS Cameron McKenna 47.1 90
Cobbetts 47.6 78
Collyer Bristow 51.8 29
Cripps Harries Hall 52.8 22
D Young & Co 44.0 28
DAC Beachcroft 50.2 113
Dechert 50.1 38
Dickinson Dees 47.0 59
DLA Piper 46.4 713
Duncan Lewis (Solicitors) Ltd 42.1 33
Dundas & Wilson 47.8 50
Dundas & Wilson 47.5 51
DWF 47.5 174
Edwards Wildman Palmer UK 49.3 35
Edwin Coe 52.3 28
Eversheds 46.0 310
Farrer & Co 47.0 74
Fasken Martineau 49.0 38
FBC Manby Bowdler 50.7 32
Field Fisher Waterhouse 47.1 87
Finers Stephens Innocent 49.2 33
Fladgate 48.7 52
Forsters 47.9 42
Fox Williams 50.1 24
Freeth Cartwright 50.2 96
Freshfields 47.2 332
Fulbright & Jaworski Intnl 51.0 17
Gateley 49.1 82
Geldards 52.5 27
Gordons 45.1 34
Harbottle & Lewis 46.5 37
Harper Macleod 45.7 48
Herbert Smith Freehills 45.8 187
Hewitsons 49.1 32
Hill Dickinson 48.1 171
Hogan Lovells 46.3 338
Holman Fenwick 50.1 128
Howes Percival 45.0 26
Irwin Mitchell 49.7 68
K&L Gates LLP 49.3 76
Kennedys 48.2 132
Keoghs 42.5 68
King & Spalding 48.2 18
Kingsley Napley 46.5 40
Lawrence Graham 47.3 63
Lester Aldridge 49.9 41
Lewis Silkin 45.8 61
Linklater 45.7 287
Lupton Fawcett 50.2 38
Macfarlanes 45.2 69
Maclay Murray & Spens 46.2 51
MacRoberts 46.1 36
Manches 46.7 43
Marks & Clerk Llp 45.7 60
Mathys & Squire Llp 44.7 20
Matthew Arnold & Baldwin 48.6 23
Mayer Brown Intnl 46.0 92
McClure Naismith 48.5 32
Mcdermott Will & Emery UK 46.0 21
Memery Crystal 45.6 20
Mewburn Ellis 43.1 31
Michelmores 49.8 49
Mills & Reeve 48.3 95
Morgan Cole 48.9 53
Morisons llp 51.7 20
Morton Fraser 48.1 32
Nabarro 46.8 91
Norton Rose 47.0 235
Olswang 45.4 107
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Eur) 49.7 48
Pannone 44.5 61
Paul Hastings (Europe) 48.6 26
Paull & Williamsons 44.1 20
Penningtons 49.8 70
Pinsent Masons 46.0 333
Reed Smith 48.3 142
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain 47.4 73
Russell-Cooke 49.5 49
Sacker & Partners Llp 46.2 27
Salans 47.9 173
Semple Fraser 49.2 21
Shakespeare Legal 48.8 80
Shepherd & Wedderburn 46.1 57
Simmons & Simmons 45.1 190
Simpson Millar 47.1 26
SJ Berwin 45.6 152
SNR Denton 47.9 139
Speechly Bircham 48.1 85
Squire Sanders 44.4 127
Stephensons Solicitors 45.1 30
Stevens & Bolton 49.2 33
Stewarts Law 44.7 40
Taylor Wessing 46.9 114
Thomas Eggar 49.4 56
Thorntons 48.6 27
Thrings 48.0 39
TLT 46.7 64
Tods Murray 50.5 35
Travers Smith 42.8 61
Trowers & Hamlins 45.7 107
Watson Burton 44.2 19
Watson Farley & Williams 47.3 81
Wedlake Bell 51.0 49
Weightmans 48.7 153
White and Case 48.3 250
Wilkin Chapman 49.5 35
Wilsons Solicitors 50.6 21
Winckworth Sherwood 50.4 37
Withers 49.2 96
Withers & Rogers 43.1 29
Wragge & Co 48.0 121
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