Australia: Norton Rose Fulbright bolsters national insurance team with partner hire in Sydney
Last Updated: 15 March 2016

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright announced today that experienced insurance lawyer Jacques Jacobs has joined as a partner in Sydney. This follows the addition in the last year of insurance partners Mark Attard (Melbourne) and Brett Solomon (Brisbane), and senior insurance litigator Jehan-Philippe Wood (Perth) from our London office.

Mr Jacobs was most recently a partner at global law firm DLA Piper in Sydney. He previously worked at DLA's legacy firm Phillips Fox in Australia and New Zealand.

His experience spans insurance advice and product development, as well as managing contentious claims. He has a history advising on complex coverage issues with a particular focus on directors' and officers' (D&O), warranty and indemnity, management liability and financial institutions claims. Mr Jacobs also regularly acts on professional indemnity claims, focusing on finance professionals such as accountants; financial planners; and mortgage, stock and insurance brokers.

Norton Rose Fulbright managing partner in Australia, Wayne Spanner, said the appointment of Mr Jacobs was part of an ongoing investment in our well respected Australian insurance practice.

"Our clients, as well as our national insurance and litigation teams, will benefit greatly from the addition of Jacques to our partnership," he said. "His close ties to financial institutions and knowledge of emerging issues in the technology and risk space will further our support for a range of industries."

Mr Jacobs said Norton Rose Fulbright's proud history in global insurance work was a major drawcard.

"I was attracted to Norton Rose Fulbright's dedication to its insurance practice and particular areas of advice such as litigation, D&O insurance, warranties and indemnities. I also have a focus on cyber and related issues and have been impressed with the firm's thought-leadership in this area."

Norton Rose Fulbright in Australia has added ten additional lateral partners since January 2015: John Elliott, Andrea Rezos, Emanuel Confos, Benny Bernarto (Jakarta), Nadia Soraya (Jakarta), Mark Attard, Brett Solomon, Peter Lamont, Ellen Thomas and Global Head of our Energy practice Simon Currie (from Norton Rose Fulbright in London).

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