Ashurst

The story of a progressive global law firm

Stuart Kells
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Ashurst

Published

30 August 2022

ISBN

9780522878455

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Melbourne University Press

Ashurst

The story of a progressive global law firm

Stuart Kells
The definitive history of a leading, global law firm charting the evolution of legal practice
Ashurst is one of the world's foremost commercial law firms, and one of the oldest. The firm's foundational moments span cities and continents. One of its first matters involved the estate of Melbourne's founder, John Batman. In Sydney, an ancestral partnership was implicated in many of the major turning points of antipodean politics, commerce and law. That partnership presented the first writs in both the High Court and the Federal Court of Australia. For a century, it fulfilled the venerable role of Sydney City Solicitor. In London, the firm began with a lawyer well known for his progressive views and radical politics Over the years, Ashurst has acted for a long list of household names, including well-known international banks, a number of global digital platforms, energy majors, prominent funds and governments. The story of Ashurst is the story of a modern law firm, and in many ways it is the…
Ashurst is one of the world's foremost commercial law firms, and one of the oldest. The firm's foundational moments span cities and continents. One of its first matters involved the estate of Melbourne's founder, John Batman. In Sydney, an ancestral partnership was implicated in many of the major turning points of antipodean politics, commerce and law. That partnership presented the first writs in both the High Court and the Federal Court of Australia. For a century, it fulfilled the venerable role of Sydney City Solicitor. In London, the firm began with a lawyer well known for his progressive views and radical politics. Over the years, Ashurst has acted for a long list of household names, including well-known international banks, a number of global digital platforms, energy majors, prominent funds and governments. The story of Ashurst is the story of a modern law firm, and in many ways it is the story of modern law, modern society and modern commerce. Extensive interviews with current and former Ashurst people around the world reveal intriguing stories and powerful insights about culture, strategy, inclusion, merit and trends shaping legal practice. Their voices speak into and through the book.

Stuart Kells

Stuart Kells

Stuart Kells has written on a wide range of subjects including libraries, intellectual property, economic regulation, professional services, financial markets and diamond mining. His shorter works have been published around the world including in Smithsonian, The Paris Review, The Guardian and The Times. At the University of Melbourne he won the Desmond Cleary Prize in Financial Economics and the KPMG Prize in Taxation Law. He received the National Australia Bank Scholarship in…

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