Much of the news stories I deliver about women are downers. I admit it, and I’m sorry. So let me try to even the score with some hopeful news. This bit of cheer comes from our friends across the pond.

Allen & Overy just announced its new partners, and there are nine women among the 23 new partners-almost 40 percent! Not too shabby for a Magic Circle firm.

Legal Week reports that this is “a significant increase on the two female promotions [out of 21] the firm made last year.” According to the firm’s press release, the majority (73 percent) of new partners are based outside London. Judging by their locations and last names, these newbie partners are quite diverse. Definitely not the same old Anglo stuff shirt.

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