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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  • Losing Partners then recruiting Partners - do they actually know what they are doing?!

    Or is it strategic cost reduction planning - release the expensive Partners and bring in lots of SAs and make them junior equity partners but not pay much - sounds quite smart really!

    What does 'Place to work' actually mean within Ashurst?

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  • I worked in this firm for several years. I am not going to start saying it was all bad because it wasnt, I have left many good memories at Ashurst.
    I am so sorry to hear that people like Edge and Avery have left because apart from being excellent lawyers they were also great people.
    What I do want to say though is that I could not agree more with one of the comments above "more snakes than ladders..."

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  • Agree with Anonymous at 11:04. Last year there were so many redundancies at Ashurst (esp London). Associates were "disappearing" almost daily in the run up to the new financial year but Ashurst pretended that the departures were "performance related". At least other firms had the decency to be honest . Now with the stalwarts like Avery, Kitchin et al gone, one wonders what's left. A crop of MC/US frim senior associates masquerading as partners!

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  • Agree with Anonymouses at 11.04 and 1.41. Worked at Ashurts for a short period and didn't like the atmosphere at all. Fine if you're in "the club" - forget it if you're not.

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  • Unfortunately, from somebody who works there, it is true that something needs to be done at the firm. Telling your firm about "tough" decisions before 9:29am when something appears in the press would be a start... Something is rotten in the state of Ashurst

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  • Afraid to say that I am another ex-Ashurst who also left after a year because of the vile people and the profoundly unpleasant atmosphere they were all so keen to cultivate. Working there is like eating liver. And no, I do not have a chip on my shoulder; I am far happier at my current firm where I am paid more.

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  • Anonymous | 2-Apr-2010 2:56 pm

    I personally like liver.

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