In a significant drop in numbers from last year, Ashurst has added 12 to the partnership in its 2016 promotions round with just four women (33%) made up this time.
The number has fallen 40% on last year’s round of 20, where the firm largely concentrated its hires in London making up 12 promotions alone. Women made up 45% of last year’s promotion round.
Interestingly, the firm has focused promotions evenly across its international network with continental Europe gaining more new partners than London. It has added four to its Australian offices, three in London, two in Frankfurt and one each in Paris, Hong Kong and Madrid.
The promotions will boost the firm’s dispute resolution, real estate and resources and utilities teams with three partners joining each of the practices. Just one partner each has been added to the banking, corporate and employment practices.
After four months of search, the firm announced last month the appointment of its new global managing partner Sydney-based global finance co-head Paul Jenkins. Jenkins will assume his role from 1 June, after current head James Collis announced earlier this year he will stand down after completing his four-year term at the end of May 2016, and return to full-time practice.
The Ashurst promotions are:
Guillaume Aubatier, real estate, Paris
Ian Bolster, dispute resolution, Sydney
Mark Bradley – dispute resolution, Melbourne
James Comber – dispute resolution, Hong Kong
Julia Derrick – resources and utilities, London
Rebecca Dixon – resources and utilities, Sydney
Donna Fleming – real estate, London
Stuart James – resources and utilities, Perth
Jan Krekeler – corporate, Frankfurt
Diana Rodríguez Redondo – employment, Madrid
Ewen Scott – banking, London
Hendrik Theismann – real estate, Frankfurt