ABL poaches Clutz senior associate

By Reporter|27 February 2012

Arnold Bloch Leibler has poached former Clayton Utz senior associate James Simpson as a consultant and hired Justin Vaatstra as a partner.

Simpson, who specialises in all areas of workplace law, joined as head of ABL’s workplace advisory practice in Sydney.

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Henry Skene, head of ABL’s workplace advisory practice, said Simpson would be an “invaluable on-the-ground presence” in the firm’s Sydney office as it continues to expand its national practice.

Vaatstra re-joined the firm’s litigation and insolvency practice on 16 January 2012 after four years practising at Coulter Roache in Geelong, where he became a partner in 2009.

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He commenced his legal career at ABL as a paralegal in 2002 and was appointed as a senior associate in July 2007.

Vaatstra’s practice focuses on corporate insolvency and intellectual property disputes. Much of his work has an international dimension, including cross-border issues and conflict of laws.

In addition, senior associates Laila De Melo (banking & finance) and Elizabeth Steer (litigation) joined the firm.

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