Ashurst appoints first female global chair

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London partner Karen Davies takes top role from 1 August

Karen Davies

Ashurst has become the latest major international law firm to elect a female leader, with UK head of corporate Karen Davies set to become its new global chair later this summer.

Davies is a member of the firm’s global board and specialises in mergers and acquisitions as well as equity capital markets work. She has been a partner since 2012.

The top lawyer succeeds Ben Tidswell who is standing down from the partnership and has accepted a judicial appointment as a panel chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. Davies will take up the four-year term on 1 August 2021.

Commenting on her election success, Ashurst’s soon-to-be global chair said:

“I am excited about the future and what Ashurst will achieve. We have an incredibly strong platform and a fantastic culture that I am proud to be part of. It is a real privilege to serve the firm, my partners and contribute towards our ongoing success in this role.”

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There’s been a flurry of top female appointments in recent months.

Aedamar Comiskey is set to become Linklaters‘ first female senior partner later this summer, while Hogan Lovells appointed its first female solo chair, Marie-Aimée de Dampierre, in February. Elsewhere, Georgia Dawson assumed the role of senior partner at Freshfields earlier this year and Herbert Smith Freehills installed Rebecca Maslen-Stannage as its first female senior partner and chair earlier this month.

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Ashurst essentially continuing its reputation as Linklaters-lite.


Linklaters are Chelsea and Ashurst are QPR.


Comparing law firms to football teams?

Looks like we have a 🚨 FRESHER ALERT 🚨


Calling out lawyers as fresher? Looks like we have a trainee alert. You could not be more wrong!

Take Your Meds

For all their faults, at least freshers add the occasional humour here and there. I dread to think what it would be like to be a 40 year old working at CMS writing “fReShEr AlERt” on every thread thinking that they’ve come up with something quip.


great news and well deserved

Macs and HSF > SC

Assbursts is a budget shop, almost as bad as BCLP.


Go back to finishing your exams Fresher. PEP at HSF is lower than both Ashurst and Macs, does that make them worse?

besides, BCLP is a great firm and it’s real estate practise by far defeats any other firm.


BCLP is not a good firm. Imagine caring about a firm’s real estate practice (might want to check your spelling on that before you submit your open day applications). My local high street conveyancers is ranked #1 in my village for real estate. Maybe their lawyers should lateral to BCLP. They’d honestly probably get in.


Karen has consistently single-handed transformed Ashurst’s corporate practice with her M&A numbers. Seriously impressive lawyer and deserves this promotion massively.

helpful henry

Hope she sees this, bro


A law firm promoting a woman into a senior role isn’t newsworthy.

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