CEO steps down as ASB ponders management restructure

The chief executive of South-East firm ASB Law is stepping down after five years in the job to pursue other interests.

During his time at the helm Christopher Honeyman Brown oversaw the post-merger integration of the firm including a restructuring that saw a number of lawyers leave ASB Law and a refocus along five practice areas.

The firm’s management will now be led by senior partner Russell Bell until the partnership decides whether it will appoint another chief executive.

Bell said: “There is no doubting the substantial contribution which Christopher has made to the establishment of ASB Law as a true regional player. As a change manager of considerable experience, he has taken the firm to a position of maturity and has formed a team capable of developing its business further towards market leadership in a number of areas. We offer him our very best wishes for the future.”

Honeyman Brown commented: “The last five years have seen a substantial amount of change, and the firm is beginning to harvest its growing reputation across the region. As ever there is more to do, and the high quality partner team is more than ready to take up the challenge and continue to develop the firm’s markets, clients and profitability.”

ASB Law was formed from the merger of Argles & Court, Burstows and Stonehams in 1999. Honeyman Brown first advised on the merger when he worked at chartered accountants Horwath Clark & Whitehill. Prior to that he was one of the strategists behind the merger of Dibb Lupton Alsop in the last 1990s.

ASB Law has a partnership council which is made up of five partners and a management committee comprising ten departmental heads plus the financial, human resources and marketing directors.