Scott Harris (pictured) will become the office managing partner for Hogan Lovells in Australia on 1 January 2018. He will take the reins from leadership duo Nicky Lester and Tim Lester, who plan to step down and spend time building their respective finance and corporate practices.
A statement from Hogan Lovells said that the leadership handover was a natural progression that was in keeping with the firm’s strategy in Australasia.
Patrick Sherrington, Hogan Lovells regional managing partner for Asia-Pacific and the Middle East said: “In keeping our clear philosophy that Australia is a single practice, the aim has always been to unify the management structure at the right time and appoint a single managing partner.”
Tim Lester said that he looked forward to supporting the next phase of the firm’s growth under Mr Harris’ leadership.
“Being a recognised global practice places us ahead of our competitors and we look forward to supporting Scott in the firm’s next phase of growth,” he said.
Mr Harris has over 20 years’ experience practising in Sydney and London. The Sydney partner currently leads the local business, restructuring and insolvency team. He has worked with Hogan Lovells for over two years.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Harris said the strength of Hogan Lovells in Australia was reflected by its rapid growth.
“Our practice in Australia is strong and has grown tremendously quickly,” Mr Harris said.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to help with the further growth of our presence in the market and build on all that we have achieved to date.”
Mr Harris’ work with the firm in London during his early career focused on large complex, cross-border engagements. His clients include local and international financial institutions and investors.
A statement from the firm said that Mr Harris was in a good position to drive the collaborative nature of the business, which it attributed its growth in Australia.