Tricia Hobson (pictured) will commence her three-year appointment chairing the Norton Rose Fulbright Australian Partnership Council from 1 July. She replaces Sydney corporate partner Adrian Ahern.
Concurrent to her role as council chair, Ms Hobson will continue to run the firm’s Asia Pacific insurance practice, which she has led since 2013. She specialises in complex coverage disputes and has acted as lead defence counsel in class actions and difficult/multi-party litigation, predominantly for the financial services and construction industries.
Ms Hobson’s position as Asia Pacific insurance head for NRF reflects the "size and scale of her practice and the success of [NRF's] regional insurance offering", a statement released by the firm said.
"It is an honour to be appointed to this important role at a time of great change in the legal profession," Ms Hobson said.
"Throughout my career I have witnessed a transformation in the way we help our clients and understand their industries, as well as in our approach to recruiting and retaining our lawyers and nurturing their careers."
A world view of the firm’s business practice will be an important dimension of Ms Hobson’s work.
"Being part of an international business, I see the importance of globalisation and having deep links in regions around the world on a daily basis," she said.
"I am looking forward to working with my global colleagues to continue to deliver the very best for our clients in every region."
Global chief executive Peter Martyr said Ms Hobson’s appointment would ensure NRF’s international success in the coming years.
"I congratulate Tricia on her appointment as chair of the Australian Partnership Council. Tricia will play an important role in the continued evolution and success of our firm in Australia and around the world in the years ahead," Mr Martyr said.
Last week the firm also appointed Roger Wilkins AO to a "key risk advisory role" in the firm.
Mr Wilkins is a former Secretary of the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department from 2008-14 and has held a number of government, corporate and regulatory positions.
Over the course of his career, Mr Wilkins has chaired a number of national taskforces and committees, including the COAG Committee on Regulatory Reform, the National Health Taskforce on Mental Health, and the National Emissions Trading Taskforce.
According to Wayne Spanner, NRF managing partner in Australia, Mr Wilkin's appointment comes at a time of "major concern".
"The global management of risk is a major concern for many of our international and domestic clients, especially those who work across jurisdictions or in industries, such as financial services, facing increasing regulatory focus," Mr Spanner said.
"As a senior advisor to the firm, Roger Wilkins will make a fine addition to our global risk advisory practice and offer further support to our most important clients in this complex area."