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Two lawyers jump from national to global

Diane Skapinker, K&L Gates

A national firm has lost a partner and a special counsel to K&L Gates.

Partner Diane Skapinker (pictured) has joined K&L Gates' Sydney office from Gilbert+Tobin, citing the need to give her clients a global platform.

Ms Skapinker focuses on property developments, strata and community titling, acquisitions, disposals and leasing.

She also regularly advises on the property aspects of telecommunications and infrastructure projects.

“There is considerable change in Australia’s real estate market, most notably in increasing investor demand from Asia,” Ms Skapinker said.

“Australia’s property market is more closely connected with foreign markets than ever before and it makes sense to offer my clients a globally integrated platform that can service their legal needs wherever they do business.”

K&L Gates’ managing partner for Australia, Nick Nichola, said, “A leading authority in property law and former associate professor of property law at Sydney University, Diane is highly regarded in the marketplace.”

Special counsel Vicki Aron joined Ms Skapinker in the move to K&L Gates.

K&L Gates also recently appointed Naomi Pearce as an IP partner in its Sydney office and Jeremy Prentice as a corporate and transactional partner in its Brisbane office.

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