Ashurst chiefs on back foot after crisis meeting

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  • Looks like Simon has managed to F things up!

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  • In short, a career in law isn't what it was. Like the housing market, unless you had the good fortune to be in the right place at the right time (i.e. before now), the game is now tilted against you and it's likely you'll be working harder tfor longer han your bosses ever did and hold a stronger CV.
    Hard times.

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  • 'Internal unrest' after the meeting would be one way to describe it perhaps 'resignation city' may be another - Has Ashurst with its 'place to work' banner finally had its day?
    Simon is quoted as saying Ashurst is '..still a very different place to most firms' indeed it is if your face fits and like the anonymous comment says if you are in the gang with Simon and Charlie then things can go very well for you, if not then your card is marked...More snakes than ladders though!
    Perhaps Simon should have left after his second term?

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  • It's hard to know when all your experience comes from just one firm (as mine does), but is Ashurst any different from anywhere else? And if not, are they just not as good at hiding their divisions as other firms?
    It sounds like they're paying the price for the years of selling themselves as the friendly firm.

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  • Ashurst hasn't been "the place to work" for a good many years. Run by what can only be described as the Brown and Darling of the legal world the place needs an urgent change of "leadership" (or some would help). I just hope the partnership do something about it before it's too late.

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  • Footnote: for "Anonymous" above read "disgruntled ex-Ashurst partner with a big bloody axe to grind".
    So, the worst recession in living memory gives rise to a few partner gripes and Ashurst is in the grip of a "crisis" and "on the back foot"??
    Next.

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  • Sadly the quality of the outgoing seems to outweigh the incoming laterals.As well as the names mentioned,Avery,Angel etc what about Japan heavyweight Alan Kitchin warmly welcomed to Clifford Chance?

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  • @ Anonymous 4:02 - of course you're right, which is why so many of Ashurst's former partners have ended up at such 'quality' firms as Stephenson Harwood.

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  • @Anonymous 4.25 - Please then explain why "failed" senior associates/counsel from magic circle firms have been recruited as partners, whhile senior associates at Ashurst languish. I don't think these recruits can add any value because they can't bring in any clients. Ashurst seems to be going the way of DLA Piper.

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  • It's about time that Ashurst's image of being a friendly firm was exposed as being a complete fiction. I left Ashurst voluntarily with another job to go to as I was completely apalled at the way they treat their staff and it looks like everyone is getting fed up with it. I've worked in a couple of other firms of differing sizes and Ashurst does not benchmark well against them in this respect.

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