Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright announced today that construction and engineering partner Laura Walton has joined its Brisbane office.
Laura has broad experience acting for public and private sector clients on construction projects across the energy, infrastructure, mining, transport and real estate sectors. She provides clients with strategic advice during project delivery and post-completion, including on contract administration, claims and claims preparation, dispute avoidance and minimisation strategies, and dispute resolution. She joins from a national law firm.
Laura has a track record in all forms of dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration, mediation and security of payment adjudication, and she has a particular focus on resolving disputes in a pragmatic and commercial fashion. She returns to Norton Rose Fulbright after spending five years working in the firm's construction and engineering team between 2011 and 2016.
Norton Rose Fulbright managing partner in Australia Wayne Spanner commented:
"Major projects, particularly those involving transport, have proliferated in Australia in recent years. In this time our strong national construction and engineering team has assisted corporate and government clients around the country, but we foresee increasing demand for advice relating to Queensland projects in particular in the near future. Adding a partner with Laura's skills, expertise and standing in the Queensland market will greatly assist our clients in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. We look forward to further announcements about our construction and engineering team soon."
Laura Walton commented:
"I am so pleased to be returning to Norton Rose Fulbright as a partner after spending many of my formative years working closely with the firm's national and Queensland-based construction, infrastructure and energy clients. Re-joining a global law firm, with a strong presence and talented teams across Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and through-out the world, will provide the perfect platform to support my clients with domestic and cross-border disputes advice."
Norton Rose Fulbright has been investing in its national construction and engineering practice under national team leader Emanuel Confos, with several partner appointments in recent years. In July, it promoted new Melbourne-based partner Luke van Grieken to the team, as well as Josh Henderson in Brisbane, who has a disputes practice that includes infrastructure industry support. Prior to that, the firm added partners Phillipa Beck (Melbourne), Penelope Ford (Perth) and Daniel Vicano (Sydney) to the team.