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Three Aus partners on Ashurst board

Three Aus partners on Ashurst board

Three Australia-based partners have been elected to the global board of the newly-merged Ashurst.

The firm announced on Tuesday (5 November) that Sydney-based Peter Armitage (pictured), a competition partner, and corporate partner Ian Williams have been elected to the board, alongside Perth-based corporate partner Roger Davies.

They join other Australia-based board members Mary Padbury and David Turner. Padbury is the global firm’s vice-chair, while Turner, the chairman of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, is an independent board member.

Other partners elected to the board this week included: Simon Beddow (corporate – London); Cristina Calvo (real estate – Madrid); Reinhard Eyring (corporate – Frankfurt); Robert Ogilvy Watson (corporate - Hong Kong), and Mark Vickers (banking – London).

Other members of the board are UK-based chair Ben Tidswell, managing partner James Collis, CFO Brian Dunlop and independent board member Robert Gillespie.

Tidswell and Padbury’s appointments were announced late last month, with Padbury, the former chair of Ashurst Australia, saying she was “really excited” to take on the new role.

“I feel particularly privileged to be part of the team with the responsibility of taking our new merged firm forward,” she said.

Commenting on the latest board appointments, firm chair Tidswell said:"Our new board is a key element in our governance structure and I am delighted to welcome such a strong team from across the new firm to this important role.

“I would like to congratulate them all and I am confident that they will each make a significant contribution in shaping the firm's future."

The merger of Ashurst LLP and Ashurst Australia took effect on 1 November, after both partnerships voted in favour of the full financial integration of the firm in September, six months ahead of when the vote was originally scheduled for.

The newly-integrated firm will be made up of more than 3500 people, including 1800 lawyers across 28 offices in 16 countries, with combined revenue of more than $930 million.

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