Firm’s new global head announces management shake-up

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Incoming Ashurst managing partner Paul Jenkins has announced a new global management structure.

A new head of innovation role will be co-led by Sydney-based Jamie Ng, along with Mike Polson, who is based in Glasgow, both responsible for ensuring the firm is at the forefront of industry change.

“Having a global management structure and team that helps drive forward greater entrepreneurialism and innovation and decisive delivery on strategy is key,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins, who took the reins from outgoing London partner James Collis yesterday, has made appointments to the firm’s three global divisions. 

Robert Ogilvy Watson in London and Perth-based Geoff Gishubl, who was previously in the role, will now head up the firm’s corporate division; James Marshall in Sydney will head up the finance division with London-based Helen Burton; and Simon Bromwich will continue in this role as head of the disputes division.

“The management structure and team we have in place will ensure that we operate as effectively and efficiently as possible at a global level,” Jenkins said.

“It is essential for our future success to have a high performance team, working collaboratively and all focused on the key drivers of the business and fully accountable for the delivery of results.”

London-based Logan Mair has been appointed head of clients, responsible for the global client and industry strategy.

“I am confident that the leadership team we have in place will help us achieve that and maximise all opportunities for our people and our clients,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins will split his time between Sydney, London and travelling between the firm’s other offices.