DLA Piper has bolstered its Sydney and London offices with the addition of a new partner, who joins from Norton Rose Fulbright.
Tricia Hobson brings over two decades of experience with her to the global firm and was previously a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, where she was the first female chair of the global board, as well as the Asia-Pacific head of insurance and class actions.
Ms Hobson has worked within the insurance sector for more than 25 years, with extensive experience in claims, class actions, multiparty litigation, cross-border disputes, investigations and arbitrations. Her experience also extends to advisory work across risk, cyber, governance and culture.
Head of DLA Piper’s Australian litigation and regulatory practice, Cameron Maclean, said that he was excited to welcome the newest partner on the team.
“We have always had a strong Insurance practice in Australia and it is also a key global sector for DLA Piper. Tricia’s hire brings market leading expertise and further demonstrates our commitment and ongoing investment in the sector globally,” he said.
“In addition, her class action and large-scale complex disputes experience is second to none, and complements the commercial litigation practice that we have been developing in Australia over recent years.”
Once travel restrictions ease, Ms Hobson will work across both the Sydney and London offices and will advance the firm’s London, European, and Australian practices, and will be able to leverage key market connections to develop further opportunities in the US and in Asia for the sector. The firm has also hired insurance specialists Jane Childs and Rebecca Hopkirk as partners in London and Ms Hobson’s dual-office appointment will support them.
Global co-chairman Andrew Darwin said of the appointment: “Tricia’s international experience and reputation are unrivalled.
“Her appointment is a demonstration of our commitment to grow our global Insurance capability. We are delighted to welcome such a highly qualified and well-regarded practitioner to our partnership.”
DLA Piper’s managing partner in Australia, Amber Matthews, added that Ms Hobson’s experience would be a great asset to the firm’s international offices.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Tricia and her team. She is a leading female partner in the Australian legal industry and her career achievements are impressive,” she said.
“She brings a wealth of governance and leadership experience and her insurance sector expertise complements and further strengthens our offering to clients in Australia and globally.”