Ashurst ups City promos as 16 join global partnership

Ashurst has announced its partner promotions for this year, with the firm significantly increasing its partner count in the City.

Charlie Geffen
Charlie Geffen

Eleven associates will join the partnership ranks in London on 1 May as part of a 16-strong round of promotions globally.

The global count is up from 12 last year, with the number of London associates made up increasing from just three last year (14 April 2011). This is the second consecutive year in which the promotions count has increased, with 11 stepping up in 2010 (26 April 2010).

Corporate was the practice group that saw the most promotions this year, with three made up. Others areas in which more than one associate is being promoted are disputes, finance, real estate and transport.

Aside from London, this year’s promotions cover Brussels, Madrid, Singapore and Tokyo. Two were added to the partnership in Brussels, with one made up in the other three locations. There were no new partners in Germany.

Ashurst Australia – the post-merger form of Blake Dawson – will announce its new partners later this year in time for its June financial year-end.

Senior partner Charlie Geffen said 47 per cent of the firm’s partners were now outside London.

Meanwhile, 25 per cent of the latest promotions are women. The firm also aims to reach a target of 25 per cent of management positions being filled by female partners, with Cristina Calvo last year becoming its first female board member (21 November 2011).

Geffen said in a statement: “I’d like to congratulate all of the partners on their promotion. 47 per cent of the partnership is now based outside of London, in addition to Ashurst in Australia, and the international investments we have made recently have significantly strengthened the firm.”

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer also announced its partner promotions today, with the magic circle firm making up 20 associates, a flat figure on last year (28 March 2012).

The full list of new partners are:

Donald Slater (Brussels)
Karen Davies (London)
Mark Davies (Tokyo)
Nick Goddard (London)
Dispute Resolution
Tom Connor (London)
Lynn Dunne (London)
Daniel Reinbott (Singapore)
Tim Rennie (London)
Arnaud Wtterwulghe (Brussels)
Mike Smith (London)
Marcus Fink (London)
Real estate
Ismael Fernández Antón (Madrid)
Sarah Sivyour (London)
Nicholas Gardner (London)
Naomi Horton (London)
Terence Van Poortvliet (London)