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HSF appoints new disputes head

HSF appoints new disputes head

Luke Hastings, Herbert Smith Freehills

A Herbert Smith Freehills partner from Sydney has been appointed regional head of practice for the firm's Australian disputes team.

Luke Hastings has been appointed to the position for a four-year term following his predecessor Geoff McClellan’s appointment to managing partner, clients and sectors.

Mr Hastings said: “One of my key priorities will be to enhance collaboration between the Australian disputes team and Herbert Smith Freehills’ offices around the globe, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.”

He continued: “As a financial services regulatory specialist, the key clients I assist are international financial institutions – so my instinct is to think global. I want this mindset to become innate to the Australian disputes team, so we can ensure a collaborative approach to our clients globally and continue to provide them with an exceptional experience.”

Justin D'Agostino, Herbert Smith Freehills global head of disputes, said: “Luke has clear ambitions for our market-leading disputes practice in Australia, as well as a desire to further engage and connect the practice group across the global network,” Justin said.

“Luke is a leading contentious regulatory lawyer with an impressive market profile and his new role will see him continue to work with clients.”

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