Ashurst promotions: expectation management

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Ashurst promotions: expectation management

Ashurst may have made up a handful fewer partners than last year in this year’s crop of 17, but if you are a minority at the firm – e.g. you are a woman, are based outside London or, indeed, you are a barrister – you would have been laughing. See story.

More than a third of promotions to the partnership were female, and for the first time the number of new partners overseas has exceeded the number of those based in London. And a place in the energy, transport and infrastructure team in Dubai was an especially hot ticket.

Former barrister and competition associate Euan Burrows is one of those to have joined the ranks of Ashurst’s lockstep ladder, which is now in its new, shiny, long-planned, shorter form.

Burrows has advised on some of the hottest competition work in recent months, including for one of the parties involved in the supermarkets milk price-fixing inquiry, the first appeal against an OFT decision when it allowed the merger of iSoft and Torex, and for client Healthcare against Genzyme in the first damages action following an OFT decision.

As a bonus, he also comes with higher rights of audience earned as a barrister at London’s 2 Harcourt Buildings, the public planning and administrative set now known as Francis Taylor Building.

“The great thing about being in a City law firm is that you can get this very nice mix between contentious and non-contentious work,” he told The Lawyer.

“But as I said to the wife, this is where the hard work starts. I suppose I’m trying to manage expectations…”

Partnership forecast:
For those with two X chromosomes: hot summer
Londoners: first cloud on the horizon.
Corporate: sunshine as usual.
Energy, transport and infrastructure in Dubai: clear blue sky.

Previous Partnership 2008 blogs.

Slaughter and May: ladies, long hours and longevity – Thursday, April 10th
Russell Jones & Walker: More to the core – Tuesday, April 8th
A&O in the Middle East: one new partner, back-up on the way – Monday, April 7th
Clifford Chance: Popham puts his money where his mouth isMonday, April 7th
Nabarro, Hunton & HosseiniFriday, April 4th
Addleshaws: managing associatesFriday, April 4th
Nabarro promotions down (under) Thursday, April 3rd
Hunton & Williams: The London eye Thursday, April 3rd
The corporate partnership: Superwomen only?Wednesday, April 2nd
Ashurst promotions: expectation management Wednesday, April 2nd
Pinsents’ Leeds’ ladies take the lead Monday, March 31st
Herbies…continued… Thursday, March 27th
Herbies shakes things upThursday, March 27th
Macfarlanes predicts a good yearThursday, March 26th
Burges Salmon talks the talkWednesday, March 26th
Trowers promotions dwindleTuesday, March 25th
Wragges’ ups the firm’s real estate profileThursday, March 20th
Olswang‘s year of change Thursday, March 20th
Camerons goes East Wednesday, March 19th
Ince & Co: happy days for men in boats Tuesday, March 18th
Freshfields refills partnershipMonday, March 17th