Ashurst adds two Sydney lawyers to its board

by Steve Randall14 Jul 2017
Ashurst adds two Sydney lawyers to its board
The board of Ashurst has three new members including two Sydney partners.

Restructuring, insolvency and special situations partner James Marshall and tax partner Barbara Phair have been elected to the board along with London partner Karen Davies. They will serve three years.

Marshall has been with the firm since 1989 and has been a partner for the past 20 years. Phair joined the firm in 1986 and has been a partner since 2000. Davies joined in 2011 and made partner in 2012.

“I congratulate Karen, James and Barbara on their election. Their experience and insight will be exceptionally valuable. They will make a significant contribution to the Board and play key roles in guiding the firm towards achieving its strategic objectives," said Ashurst chairman Ben Tidswell.

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