BLP appoints Ashton Coleman-Smith as marketing director

Leading law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) announced today (4 February 2010) that Ashton Coleman-Smith will join the firm as director of marketing and a board member.

Ashton, who is currently Managing Director, EMEA and London, for Ogilvy Public Relations, has extensive experience in developing major brands and marketing campaigns for global businesses. A board member of Ogilvy Group UK, he has led successful business development programmes, managed major pitches and overseen global client relationships.  Prior to joining Ogilvy, Ashton operated at a senior level for other leading marketing and communication agencies including Cohn & Wolfe, Edelman and Hill & Knowlton.

At BLP Ashton will lead a marketing team of twenty-five and, as part of a strengthened board team including Mark Tothill, newly appointed Finance Director, will support the firm’s ambitious growth strategy. In 2009 BLP opened offices in Abu Dhabi and Moscow in 2009 and hired a dozen high profile UK lawyers in commercial litigation, finance, financial services regulation, restructuring and tax.

Neville Eisenberg, BLP’s managing partner, said: “I am delighted that Ashton will be joining the firm. Ashton’s international experience and business development expertise will be very valuable to us as we continue to rapidly progress our market position.”

Ashton said: “Given the rate of change in the legal sector and the accelerating drive to anticipate the needs of clients, this is an exciting time to join BLP. Everyone I have met in this firm has a shared and strong set of ambitions and I have a real sense of joining an organisation that is ‘one to watch’.”

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