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Within: Construction

Norton Rose Fulbright has seen some change, with a team of four departing to Pinsent Masons LLP; Kevin Arkwright, Graham Read  and Alex Whiteside joining as part of the firm’s merger with the now-defunct Henry Davis York; and back-end partners Penelope Ford and Phillipa Beck joining from Minter Ellison and a consultancy, respectively. One consortium of construction companies instructed the team on a high-value, high-profile PPP in Melbourne. Construction disputes are another strength of the practice. Practice head James Morgan-Payler and Grant Ahearn are well regarded.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Following the firm’s merger with now-defunct Henry Davis York, Norton Rose Fulbright added eight new partners to the ‘highly regarded’ team, which is jointly led by Rebecca Whittle in Sydney and Cameron Harvey in Melbourne. Whittle acts in a significant matter for a government entity, and Dylan McKimmie represents an energy-sector company in a breach of contract claim. Other additions to the team include Ann Donohue and  Penelope Ford, who both joined from Minter Ellison, Phillipa Beck, who joined from Beck Consulting, and Andrew Battisson from Allen & Overy. It has also seen some departures, notably Rob Buchanan, Adrienne Parker, Bill Ryan and Matthew Croagh, who all left to join Pinsent Masons LLP.

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Energy (transactions and regulatory)

Within: Energy (transactions and regulatory)

Norton Rose Fulbright renders ‘commercially appropriate, timely, well-considered advice that assists with closing complex transactions on an accelerated schedule’. Practice head and former global head of energy Simon Currie left to set up advisory firm Energy Estate, though former Clifford Chance practice head Paul Lingard, who has ‘a strong understanding of commercial drivers’ and ‘finds effective solutions to bring about a satisfactory outcome, often for both parties’, is set to join in late 2018. Further additions to the team include Natalie Lonergan, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills, Gavin Scott from Ashurst, Martin Irwin from Baker McKenzie, Penelope Ford from Minter Ellison, and Jasmine Sprange from Clayton Utz. Currie remains a consultant to the firm.

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