Spendlove quits Ashurst for Fried Frank

Ashurst’s former managing partner Justin Spendlove is joining the firm’s jilted US merger partner Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson.

Spendlove will join Fried Frank’s London office at the end of March. The US firm lost its only UK-qualified partner Christopher Kandel to Cadwalader in October 2002.

Spendlove was replaced as managing partner by young litigation partner Simon Bromwich in January.

Geoffrey Green, Ashurst’s Senior Partner, said in a statement: “During his time with us, Justin has made a significant contribution to the firm, initially as head of our international finance department and then as managing partner. We wish him every success in the next stage of his career. ”