Ashurst strengthens alternative legal services capability with the appointment of partner Chris Georgiou as co-head of Ashurst Advance

International law firm Ashurst announces the appointment of Christopher Georgiou as a partner to co-lead its global Ashurst Advance team, to be based in London. Chris will join Mike Polson as co-head of Ashurst Advance as the firm demonstrates a clear commitment to significantly expand its successful global alternative legal services offering.

Chris joins from Fieldfisher, where he helped build and headed up the firm’s innovative alternative legal solutions platform, Condor. With over 25 years’ experience in the legal sector, both in private practice and in-house, Chris has a deep understanding of clients’ changing needs, and has a market leading reputation in developing innovative solutions for clients. Prior to joining Fieldfisher, Chris spent fourteen years with Ashurst successfully building a global securities and derivatives practice and as co-head of the firm’s bank sector, and played a key role in establishing the firm’s alternative legal services capability in Glasgow in 2013.

Managing partner, Paul Jenkins, commented:

“Chris is a fantastic addition to our Ashurst Advance team and builds on the firm’s continued investment in what we see as a critical growth area and important market. In recent years we have witnessed fundamental changes in the global legal services market and his arrival will enable us to further develop our alternative legal services offering. His outstanding expertise and drive will add great depth to the team and real value to our clients.”

Mike Polson, co-head of Ashurst Advance, commented:

“Through Ashurst Advance, we have established and substantially grown our alternative resourcing capability, increased use of legal technology and successfully applied process methodology and legal project management in the delivery of major matters. Chris’ appointment is part of our significant commitment to continue to develop a broader and more diverse integrated legal services delivery model for clients in what is a strategically important asset for the firm. His market leading reputation and skills will give us a massive boost in driving forward Ashurst’s innovative and transformative projects and we are confident he will make a very significant contribution to our future success.”

Chris Georgiou, added:

“Clients’ demand for alternative delivery of legal services offering “better, faster, cheaper” solutions and innovative digital products is accelerating. I am looking forward to working with Mike, together with many former colleagues, to develop the Ashurst Advance capability and help deliver to clients the solutions which they need. The strength and global reach of the Ashurst Advance platform, combined with the firm’s unconditional commitment to innovation, create an unmatched opportunity to help clients find efficiencies, recalibrate their own legal functions and navigate the many challenges which they face such as Brexit, IBOR discontinuance and other regulatory and structural change.”

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