Record percentage of women in the latest cycle of promotions from Ashurst partners
Women make up 78% of incorporation, with corporate transactions getting more new partners than any other practice area
Newly Created Ashurst Partners Madeleine Pope and Cassandra Wee Images courtesy of Ashurst
Ashurst raised 14 lawyers to her partnership in her last round of promotions, with women making up a record 78% of the new cohort.
the latest the partner promotion cycle includes 11 women, the highest number of female partners promoted in the company to date. This year’s gender split builds on the momentum created by last year’s cycle, which saw female partners make up two-thirds of the 15-player round.
This year’s total tally is up just one from last year, when the company chose to promote its smallest partner class since 2016 following a six-month delay in the promotion process due to Covipandemic d-19.
In regional terms, the company’s London headquarters recorded the most promotions, adding five associates to its ranks. Australian promotions have been cut in half this year from eight to four, including three appointments in Sydney and one in melbourne.
All the new Australian partners are women, Jennifer Ingram (transport and infrastructure) moving to Melbourne and Julie Ma (transport and infrastructure), Lindy Randall (real estate) and Cassandra Wee (energy and resources) make note In Sydney.
The firm strengthened its network of partnerships in Asia this year after skipping the region in 2020, adding two lawyers each in Hong Kong and Singapore. The tour was completed with a promotion in Spain – Based in Madrid worldwide loan expert Irian Martinez.
Paul Jenkins, Ashurst’sglobal managing partner, said: “We see signiStrong growth opportunities and demand from clients in our priority practice areas and industry sectors, with which our new partners are aligned. Their appointments recognize the essential contribution each has made to customers and the business and they will all be playou have an important role in the future success of our company, ”he added.
Corporate transactions had a narrow lead this year in terms of practice areas, with three partners making the cut, up two from 2020.
Dispute resolution and transport and infrastructure won two partners each, with the rest of the new cohort represented by nominations in financial regulation, investments and funds, global lending, competition, real estate and energy.
Recently a magic circle business Clifford Chance unveiled its latest partner class, promoting a record 11 women to its partnership. Linklaters also made a great effort for diversity in its 2021 promotion round, having composed 14 female partners and hiachieve its goal of 40% gender balance.
The complete list of new partners
Catherine Gokah, investment fund, London
Jennifer Ingram, Transport and Infrastructure, Melbourne
Li Jiang, Corporate Transactions, Hong Kong
Jeffrey Johnson, Corporate Transactions, London
Lorraine Johnston, Financial Regulation, London
Sophie Lyall, Restructuring and Special Situations, Hong Kong
Julie Ma, transport and infrastructure, Sydney
Irian Martinez, Global Loans & Global Markets, Madrid
Angie Ng, Competition, Singapore
Madeleine Pope, Dispute Resolution, London
Lindy Randall, Real Estate, Sydney
Harry Thimont, Corporate Transactions, London
Michael Weatherley, Dispute Resolution, Singapore
Cassandra Wee, Energy and Resources, Sydney