Multinational law firm Ashurst has named a “record” 25 new partners, including 12 Australians, marking a 79 per cent increase on the number added to its global partnership ranks in 2021.
Ashurst has named 25 new partners across the globe, who practice across six of the firm’s offices and in 13 different practice areas. Nearly half (48 per cent) of the appointments are in the Asia-Pacific region, with the balance coming from Europe.
Moreover, 48 per cent of the new partners worldwide are women. In Australia, seven of the new 12 partners (58 per cent) are women.
The elevation of 25 to the partnership in 2022 marks a 79 per cent uptick in the number promoted last year, when 14 were named partners.
The new Australia-based partners are Nathan Bellgrove (Ashurst Advance Delivery, Sydney), Samantha Carroll (financial regulatory, Brisbane), Laura Hillhouse (transport and infrastructure, Sydney), Campbell Johnston (global loans, Melbourne), Joanna Lawrence (intellectual property and media, Melbourne), Tamara Lutvey (employment, Brisbane), Gwladys Ngo Tedga Yagla (Ashurst Risk Advisory, Melbourne), Morgan Spain (dispute resolution, Melbourne), Thomas Storer (dispute resolution, Sydney), Steve Whittington (tax, Sydney), Matthew Worsfold (Ashurst Risk Advisory, Sydney), and Melissa Yeo (dispute resolution, Brisbane).
Ashurst global chair Karen Davies (pictured, left) – who became the firm’s first female global chair almost one year ago – congratulated the new partners on their elevation and welcomed them to the global partnership ranks.
“They are an outstanding group of lawyers with exceptional talent, skill and experience, who embody the collaborative and inclusive culture that is at the heart of our firm,” she proclaimed.
“This is the largest ever cohort of new partners in our history, reflecting our continued commitment to invest in the future of our global firm and our people, and demonstrating the confidence we have about the growth opportunities that lie ahead.
“Their appointment is a testament to their leadership and the critical contribution they have made to our clients and the firm.
“As 2022 marks Ashurst’s 200-year anniversary, the new partner cohort represents the next generation of diverse leaders who will continue to make Ashurst extraordinary. They also underline the strength and depth of the talent at the firm, and will have a positive impact for the firm’s clients.”
The news follows Ashurst’s reappointment of Paul Jenkins as global chief executive. In February, the firm extended Mr Jenkins’ tenure until October 2026.
In support of Ms Davies’ comments, he also congratulated the new partners, noting that their promotions support expansion in what he said were “key areas of significant client and market demand”.
“The fact that the largest proportion of partner promotions are within our corporate and finance, funds and restructuring practices (56 per cent) reflects the significant demand we are seeing from our clients, and the ongoing strength of the transactional market,” Mr Jenkins (pictured, right) explained.
“Our new partners have each made a vital contribution to the success of the firm’s clients and I congratulate them all on achieving this important career milestone.”
Ashurst is “very pleased”, Mr Jenkins continued, that the firm has promoted a total of 80 women to the partnership since 2014, representing almost 50 per cent of all promotions, he said.
The 25 new partners will assume their roles on 1 May 2022.
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