Australia: Phillips Fox Commits to Western Australia with New Office
Last Updated: 5 April 2006

3 April 2006 - Leading commercial law firm Phillips Fox today opened its new, fully integrated Perth office after operating almost seven years as a franchise. The move brings Perth in line with the other seven offices of the firm located in major cities across Australia and New Zealand.

Tony Crawford, Chief Executive says integrating Perth into the firm has many advantages for clients. 'We are committed to our clients in the West and believe that an arms-length franchise agreement is not the best approach to meeting all their needs. For local clients, integration means access to a larger pool of legal knowledge and know-how. And for our national clients, it means a seamless and efficient relationship with us, regardless of their location or ours,' says Mr Crawford.

Phillips Fox in Perth begins its operation today with six founding partners along with a further 20 fee earners and 20 support staff. The strength of the existing team is in insurance and risk management, commercial litigation, and trade and transport. 'Our team in Perth has been serving clients in Western Australia for decades and they have a full understanding of the local business environments and industries in which they operate. We intend to aggressively grow our presence in Perth to reflect the breadth of the firm at large, that is, a full complement of specialist services to meet the needs of corporate and government clients, both locally and nationally,' says Crawford.

'We have already been contacted by local practitioners who are interested in joining us in Perth. Although we expect to move quickly, we are taking a considered approach. The culture of the firm is important to us and our clients, and we are looking to recruit only those who are committed to the firm's business objectives and share our values,' adds Crawford. The firm's new location and contact details are:

Phillips Fox
Level 11, 66 St George's Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Tel: +61 8 6467 6000
perth@phillipsfox.com

For further information please contact:

Valerie Eddy
Communications Manager,
Phillips Fox Direct Tel: +61 2 9286 8318
Mobile: 0418 226 116
Email: valerie.eddy@phillipsfox.com

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About Phillips Fox

Phillips Fox is one of the largest legal firms in Australasia. Founded in 1864, today we number some 180 partners, 1500 staff, in 10 offices across three countries. Our culture is one that embraces the individual. That rewards innovative thinking. Creates a total commitment to meeting client needs. And actively supports new ideas in the pursuit of excellence. www.phillipsfox.com

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