Ashurst appoints former banking partner Christopher Georgiou as co-head of alternative legal services offering

Ashurst has appointed Christopher Georgiou as a partner to co-lead its global Ashurst Advance team, to be based in London. Georgiou will join two-time Legal Leaders Gleneagles speaker Mike Polson as co-head of Ashurst Advance in what the firm says is a demonstration of its clear commitment to significantly expand its successful global alternative legal services offering.
Georgiou joins from Fieldfisher, where he helped build and headed up the firm’s alternative legal solutions platform, Condor. Prior to joining Fieldfisher, Chris spent fourteen years including as co-head of the firm’s banking sector, where he played a key role in establishing the firm’s alternative legal services capability in Glasgow in 2013.
Polson said: “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.”
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.”