The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Norton Rose Fulbright

Work +61 7 3414 2888

Keira Brennan

Norton Rose Fulbright



Natural resources (transactions and regulatory)

Within: Leading individuals

Keira Brennan - Norton Rose Fulbright

Within: Natural resources (transactions and regulatory)

Norton Rose Fulbright ‘undoubtedly has strength-in-depth’ and gives ‘practical guidance on difficult issues’. It advised on the sale of a natural resources project in Africa to a consortium of Chinese investors. The 17-partner team is jointly headed by the ‘absolutely first-rate’ Keira Brennan, who is ‘one of the top lawyers in the mining business’, and mining sector financing expert Jake Howard. It has seen some significant arrivals with Paul Lingard, who has ‘very strong technical knowledge’ and ‘provides commercial and pragmatic legal advice’, joining from Clifford Chance, Gavin Scott from Ashurst, and Natalie Lonergan from Herbert Smith Freehills.

[back to top]

Project development

Within: Project development

Norton Rose Fulbright has seen an increasing stream of energy sector projects, continues to handle significant transport and infrastructure work and attracted a number of PNG-related matters. Notable infrastructure work included advising the successful bidders on a high-profile PPP project in Melbourne, and acting for one construction company on a very large PPP in New South Wales. Energy-sector work has seen the team advise on wind, solar, waste-to-energy and hydropower projects. The firm also attracts mining sector projects work, an area of expertise for head of infrastructure, mining and commodities Keira Brennan. Jo Crew heads the firm’s infrastructure and project finance group, which includes James Morgan-Payler, Mark Waddell, Graham Read and Kevin Arkwright. Miriam D’Souza joined from Herbert Smith Freehills, and Alice Chen through the firm’s merger with the now-defunct Henry Davis York.

[back to top]

Papua New Guinea

Leading firms

Within: Leading firms

Norton Rose Fulbright focuses on energy and natural resources, infrastructure, financial services, tourism and transport. It handles corporate acquisitions worth billions of dollars and has experience in strategically important shipping matters, among other kinds of work. Karo Lelai heads the team on the ground in Papua New Guinea, supported by Australia-based Keira Brennan. Other key members of the team include Ernest Van Buuren and Tom Young. Paul Toua joined the firm as special counsel, and Gavin Scott and Natalie Lonergan joined as partners. Anthony Latimer left to join Bird & Bird in Sydney in July 2018.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to