Ashurst promotes 12 to partner including seven in London

Ashurst has made up 12 lawyers to partner from 1 May in its annual promotions round, with seven sitting in the London headquarters.

Charlie Geffen
Charlie Geffen

The move increases the firm’s proportion of partners based outside of the UK to 52 per cent compared with 47 per cent following its 2012 promotions.

It has added four partners in corporate, three in energy, transport and infrastructure, two in real estate and one each in banking, disputes and tax.

In addition to the seven City additions, two have been made up in Madrid and one each in Hong Kong, Paris and Rome.

The partner additions are down on 2012, when Ashurst promoted 16, including 11 in London (28 March 2012). In 2011 it added 12, with only three in the City (14 April 2011).

The promotions exclude Ashurst Australia, which makes partners up separately in July (2 July 2012).

Senior partner Charlie Geffen said in a statement: “I would like to congratulate the partners on their promotions. They are all highly talented lawyers with outstanding leadership qualities. We are confident they will make a significant contribution to their practices, deliver excellence for our clients and enhance Ashurst’s credentials as a premier global law firm.”

Rome corporate counsel Aian Abbas is the firm’s only female partner promotion this year. In total, 13 per cent of the partnership will now be women, the firm said.

Today (23 April) also saw Herbert Smith Freehills announce 19 partner promotions globally, including 10 in Asia Pacific (23 April 2013).

Ashurst’s partner promotions in full:


Rob Aird (London)

Aian Abbas (Rome)

Karan Dinamani (London)

Jonathan Hsui (Hong Kong)


Ross Ollerhead (London)


Pierre-Emmanuel Fender (Paris)

Energy, transport and infrastructure

Manuel Lopéz (Madrid)

Nikhil Markanday (London)

Nick Rainsford (London)

Real estate

Matthew Bool (London)

Ben Patton (London)


Javier Hernández Galante (Madrid)