Ashurst to keep Perry as second partner opts out of move to US rival


Ashurst regulatory partner James Perry is to stay at the firm, despite previously handing in his notice to join Gibson Dunn in the City.

The news, confirmed by Ashurst earlier this evening, makes Perry the second Ashurst partner to change their mind on a move after handing in their notice.

Gibson Dunn announced it had hired Perry in April this year. Just over a week ago (27 September), Ashurst confirmed that heavyweight banking partner Nigel Ward had decided to stay with the firm, despite previously quitting to join Paul Hastings in London

Perry has been at Ashurst since joining as a trainee in 1987 and made partner in 1998. His regulatory and transactional practice has a focus on the financial services and insurance industries.

He has advised clients including Credit Agricole, Societe Generale and Royal & Sun Alliance. Had his move gone ahead, Perry would have been reunited with several former Ashurst partners, including former senior partner Charlie Geffen.

Ashurst chairman Ben Tidswell said: “James has decided that his priority is to continue to develop our successful regulatory practice. Continuing to benefit from James’ considerable experience and intellect in regulatory matters will be of significant benefit to us and our clients.”

Geffen, now chair of Gibson Dunn’s corporate practice, said: “We are obviously disappointed but wish him well.”