Ashley McDermott

Banking & Finance, IBOR Transition, Projects & Infrastructure

"Ash McDermott is absolutely amazing. For complex and unusual transactions, he is the person to approach." He "exhibits a very professional and pragmatic approach."

Legal 500, Leading Individual


Ash McDermott concentrates his practice on complex, cross-border loan financings and he has a particular command of emerging markets, export and agency finance and structured trade and commodity finance. His nearly 20 years of experience includes significant time working in Hong Kong and Tokyo, in addition to London.

Ash is also a relationship partner for our pro bono client Shelter (the charity that campaigns to end homelessness and bad housing in England and Scotland).


  • Listed as a Next Generation Partners, "Ash McDermott is absolutely amazing. For complex and unusual transactions, he is the person to approach." "Ash McDermott exhibits a very professional and pragmatic approach." Legal 500
  • Listed as a Leading individual for Emerging Markets and as a key lawyer for Bank Lending and Trade Finance "David Fraher and Ashley McDermott have been outstanding. Excellent drafting, very responsive and always on hand to assist." "Ashley McDermott, David Fraher and James England all display a level of professionalism in their work that makes them stand out by its evident thoroughness and quality. A particularly pleasing hallmark of their work is the timeliness and sense of urgency with which it is unfailingly delivered." " Angeli Sunmonu, Ashley McDermott and James England: All of them our real professionals, but what was exceptionally pleasing was their problem-solving mindset. They always managed to come up with a solution that ended up with a result that made each player involved happy and satisfied." "The outstanding Ashley McDermott is a dynamic lawyer who provides brilliant structuring advice." Legal 500
  • "Ash McDermott is an excellent lawyer - proactive , practical and a very good negotiator. He has deep knowledge and experience in both trade finance and project finance."  "Ash McDermott is an excellent, client-oriented lawyer. He is very customer-focused and practical in his approach. He understands the files and our organisation, and provides practical business-oriented advice."  "Ash McDermott is very approachable , knowledgeable , client-centered and practical."  "Ash McDermott is very experienced in the field of Export Finance and understands the challenges banks face when acting in emerging markets."  Legal 500


  • University of Oxford, Queen's College, BA in Jurisprudence


  • England and Wales