Ashurst has announced its first partner promotions since its merger with Blake Dawson went live in October last year, with 15 lawyers joining its partnership ranks, up from a pre-merger figure of twelve.
Five lawyers were made up across the top 20 firm’s banking practice, followed by four in securities and derivatives and one each in its competition, corporate, employment, energy, dispute resolution and real estate practices.
Geographically the UK claimed the majority of promotions by a whisker, with five City promotions, followed by four in Australia, two in Spain and one each in France, Germany, the United Arab Emirates and the US.
Ashurst has promoted a total of five female lawyers in this latest round, a significant improvement on last year when just one was promoted.
The appointments, representing 3.6% of Ashurst’s current total partnership numbers, will bring the number of partners to 433. All partner promotions will come into effect from 1 May 2014.
Ashurst vice-chairman Mary Padbury said: ‘These newest additions to our partnership already have an exceptional track record in client service and delivering excellence. The fact that a third of our new partners are female is also encouraging. We are committed to recognising and rewarding the high performance of our people and congratulate them all on their achievement.’
Ashurst’s new partners in full:
Mark Edwards – Banking
Luke McDougall – Banking
Adair Gordon-Orr – Securities and Derivatives
Diala Minott – Securities and Derivatives
Henry Moss – Real Estate
Nicole Gardner – Dispute Resolution
Corey McHattan – Securities and Derivatives
Melbourne: Ken Nguyen – Banking
Canberra: Jon Lovell – Employment
Pedro Ester – corporate
Rafael Baena – competition
Paris: Stéphanie Vannier Corbière – banking
Frankfurt: Derk Opitz – banking
New York: Nicole Skalla – securities and derivatives
Abu Dhabi: Renad Younes – energy, resources and infrastructure