Catriona Martin will leave Herbert Smith Freehills to take up the role of Asia Pacific pro bono counsel.
Ms Martin previously worked in the disputes group at HSF and has extensive experience in public interest litigation, legal education, law reform and implementation of community programs, according to a statement from DLA Piper.
Previously, Ms Martin has acted as a criminal defence advocate and sat on the NSW Youth Justice Coalition.
She has also worked in Alice Springs with the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council, implementing a new policy framework.
DLA Piper’s Asia Pacific pro bono team now encompasses partner Nicholas Patrick, lawyers Emily Christie and Clare Pearson, counsel Alison Ewart and consultant Michael Gill.
Ms Martin’s new appointment marks the second senior associate departure from HSF in the past week, after Adrian Rich moved to Minter Ellison as a special counsel.