WHEN UK silver circle firm Norton Rose merged with Australian firm Deacons, only part of the firm's intended shake up of the Australian legal market had occurred.
The firm has, since then, undertaken a major recruitment and promotion drive, moving lawyers between its various practices and taking from competitor firms where possible.
In the latest shake-up, Norton Rose has announced it is promoting 23 to Of Counsel and Special Counsel in a global promotion spree.
The promotions closely follow a recent announcement of 11 new partners.
Five of this week’s promotions are in Australia, on top of five in London, three in Paris, two each in Italy, Germany and Bahrain and one each in Hong Kong, Singapore, Warsaw and Amsterdam.
Seven of the promotions are in dispute resolution, six in banking, six in corporate (including two in insurance), two in tax, one in real estate, and one in competition.
Norton Rose has made some significant reshuffles since its entry into the Australian market.
The firm hired former Gilbert + Tobin energy and infrastructure lawyer Vincent Dwyer to its Sydney office in April.
Also last month, it announced the promotion of eight senior associates and three of counsel. The new partners included Michael Park in Melbourne and Murray Procter in Brisbane.
In February, less than two months after its merger with the Australian firm, it moved Perth office partner Shaun McRobert to its Hong Kong office. Partner Andrew Abernethy was moved from the firm’s Dubai office to the same office.
Peter Martyr, CEO, said: “This is our fifth set of promotions to Of Counsel, but the first to include Australia and special counsel.”
The special counsel promotions include Ben Allen in Sydney and Dean Kambovski and Dylan McKimmie in Melbourne in dispute resolution. In insurance, Toby Biddle and Nicholas Andrew were promoted to special counsel in Sydney.