Ashurst names first risk management head

Ashurst has appointed litigation partner Chris Vigrass to the new director of risk management post.

Vigrass will oversee the firm’s global internal legal function, gradually handing over his client duties to litigation partners Timothy Reid and Ronnie King.

Vigrass said: “There’s a lot of legal content to the role, which is one of the reasons I went for it. The more I look into it, the more it’s like peeling an onion – there are so many layers to it.”

The risk management function was previously divided between three partners.

Vigrass said he will also oversee the launch of a new “business intake system”. “It will be an all-singing, all-dancing one-stop shop for money laundering, conflict, credit and business reputation,” ;he ;said. “Hopefully it will be an on-screen experience and it will make the lives of the assistants a lot easier.”