Australia: Norton Rose Fulbright appoints six new partners in Australia
Last Updated: 6 May 2016

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed six new partners in Australia as part of a global round of partner promotions for 2016.

The Australian promotions span Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, as well as the insurance, intellectual property, litigation, banking and finance, and financial restructuring and insolvency practice teams. The six promotions are effective May 1 and include two women and four men.

These appointments are part of 39 promotions across the world (including two promotions to the South African equivalent of director). Globally, 12 (or 31 per cent) of the 39 new partners are female.

The new Australian partners are:

Jeffery Black (Financial restructuring and insolvency, Perth)

Jeffery has extensive international experience and is admitted to practise in Western Australia and New York (including an eight-year stint that spanned the global financial crisis). He represents financial institutions, insolvency practitioners, and corporations in complex cross-border and domestic restructuring and insolvency matters (both in and out of court), financial services transactions, creditor recoveries, and litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Ben Davis (Litigation, Melbourne)

Ben has extensive experience acting for corporate and government clients in a broad range of litigation and advisory matters. His experience includes managing large and complex litigation before the state and federal courts and tribunals and acting for clients in commissions of inquiry, regulatory investigations and expert determinations. Ben has acted for clients across industry sectors in disputes involving contract, real property, corporations law, consumer law, partnership, product liability, tort, trust, and taxation issues.

Georgina Hey (Intellectual property, Sydney)

Georgina focuses on all aspects of trade mark and brand management, managing the global brand portfolios for a large number of Australian clients and the Asia-Pacific portfolios for many overseas-based international clients. She also devotes a considerable effort in delivering pro bono IP portfolio advice to large not-for-profit clients, and has extensive experience in all aspects of brand management, from creation to maintenance and exploitation, and across IP acquisition and divestment.

John Moran (Insurance, Sydney)

John has substantial experience in acting for local and London based insurers across a range of risks including most notably professional indemnity, directors & officers and financial lines. He is currently involved in numerous high profile class actions and co-leads the cyber insurance incident response practice nationally. He played a key role last year in various innovation initiatives including the development of our flexible working solution, a service offering that makes use of a pool of hand-picked law students via an innovative digital workflow portal.

Tim Mornane (Banking and finance; financial restructuring and insolvency, Sydney)

Tim has significant and varied experience acting for banks and financial institutions, sponsors and borrowers in corporate and acquisition finance transactions, asset based and receivables lending, real estate finance, equipment and asset finance.

In addition, Tim has comprehensive experience acting for banks and financial institutions, sponsors, borrowers and insolvency practitioners in complex, cross-border and domestic restructuring and insolvency matters.

Meriel Steadman (Litigation, Perth)

Meriel is a commercial dispute resolution lawyer who focusses on the energy, mining, and life sciences and healthcare sectors.  She has a broad range of experience, having led teams on large cross-border disputes covering Australia, the UK, Europe, the US and the Caribbean.  She regularly advises clients about corporate and minority shareholder disputes, gas pricing disputes, joint venture disputes and complex contractual disputes.  

Norton Rose Fulbright managing partner in Australia, Wayne Spanner, commented:

"My fellow partners and I are proud to have seen these six candidates progress through our business and develop such strong practices in their chosen areas. Our new partners represent the future of our business and are entering the partnership at an exciting time for the legal profession and the many clients we support."

Norton Rose Fulbright in Australia has also added 12 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, Jacques Jacobs, Samantha Kelly and Global Head of our Energy practice Simon Currie (from Norton Rose Fulbright in London).

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