Ashurst loses senior Sydney litigation partner to Jones Day

Ashurst Australia has seen the exit of senior litigation partner John Emmerig, who has joined Jones Day’s Sydney office.

Emmerig has 24 years of practice experience, including more than 16 as a partner. Prior to joining Jones Day as a partner, he was a senior partner in the litigation group of Ashurst Australia, formerly Blake Dawson, and served as head of its national class actions practice.

He is regarded for major commercial disputes, complex class action litigation and handling government inquiries in Australia. One highlight was his representation to Lehman Brothers Australia in a A$350m class action brought by 70 investors in 2011.

Jones Day global disputes head Tim Cullen noted that the appointment of Emmerig is an important step in the growth of Jones Day’s litigation capabilities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Jones Day’s Sydney office was established in 1998 and now has 11 partners. The firm has also recently hired dispute resolution partner Matthew Skinner from Allens in Singapore (12 October 2012)

Prior to Emmerig’s departure, Ashurst’s Sydney office took on commercial litigation partner Mark Elvy, who was a partner for 16 years with Ashurst in the UK and returned to Australia in 2010.

At the same time, the UK firm has grown its litigation practice in Asia. In September, the firm appointed senior litigation partner Angus Ross from Allen & Overy’s Hong Kong office (7 September 2012). Most recently, it has appointed two senior dispute resolution lawyers from Herbert Smith Freehills, Robert Palmer in Singapore and Christopher Bailey in Bangkok, as partners.