Ashurst hires CFO from A&O as longstanding FD takes integration role

Ashurst has appointed its first CFO with the selection of Allen & Overy (A&O) London CFO Brian Dunlop to replace longstanding financial director Nigel Morland.

Brian Dunlop
Brian Dunlop

Dunlop will join the board of Ashurst’s UK-headquartered LLP and remain on it following the firm’s full financial merger with Ashurst Australia, set for later this year or early 2014.

Morland has stepped down from the board-level role and will remain at the firm to work on integration matters related to the union with legacy Blake Dawson. He joined Ashurst in 1989 as finance manager before leaving in 1993 and rejoining as finance director in 1997.

Dunlop said in a statement: “Given the change we are witnessing both in the legal sector and at Ashurst, this is an exciting time to come on board. I am thoroughly looking forward to joining the firm and working with the global team to help deliver on Ashurst’s ambitious strategy.”

A&O financial controller Rob Alexander has been promoted to fill his role.

Dunlop’s move marks the second time in recent years that Ashurst has turned to A&O for a senior support-staff hire after signing up the magic circle firm’s associate director of HR Sasha Hardman as its global HR head in late 2011 (30 November 2011).

The firm is currently working on a range of financial integration matters in relation to the full merger, including bringing the UK and Australian firms’ capital structures in line (10 September 2012).

An A&O spokesperson said in a statement: “We’d like to thank Brian for the contribution he has made during his time at Allen & Overy and wish him all the best for the future.”