Ashurst Morris Crisp names new head

Nigel Ward will take over the vacant position at the helm of the banking group. Senior partner Geoffrey Green says "Justin takes over as managing partner at an exciting time for the firm. He follows Ian Nisse who was our first managing partner and I am confident that he will be equally successful in the job. Ian has done an outstanding job for us over his three-year term and we look forward to the benefits of his talents and experience in our property department."

The partnership vote was held over the weekend and Spendlove, who has been with the firm for four years, takes over the role on 1 October.