NRF responds to Canberra loss claims

By Emma Ryan|12 February 2018

The global law firm has reaffirmed its commitment to its Canberra practice following a suggestion that the office is about to lose the last of its lawyers.

A source recently reached out to Lawyers Weekly claiming that Norton Rose Fulbright was set to lose the last of its Canberra-based lawyers, following a string of departures since the global firm announced a combination with Henry Davis York last year.

However, Norton Rose Fulbright has responded to the claims, noting that its Canberra office remains in a strong position and a key focus area for the firm.

“We have a truly national government practice, led by Michael Greene, and advising government remains an important part of our business,” said a Norton Rose Fulbright spokesman.

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“We have partners in Canberra on the ground each week and will continue to focus on recruiting Canberra-based partners and teams.”

The spokesman added: “Both Norton Rose Fulbright, and our combination partner Henry Davis York, have a long history of meeting the needs of federal government clients, not just from Canberra, but also from our substantial teams in Sydney and Melbourne”.

“We will continue to build out our government practice both locally and nationally and are excited about the opportunities for our business in Canberra,” he said.

The claims about Norton Rose Fulbright losing the last of its Canberra lawyers comes after the firm recently lost partners Dale Rayner, Anthony Latimer, Steve Johns and Rory O’Connor.

However, the firm also recently announced gains, recruiting partners Gavin Scott from Ashurst, Penelope Ford from MinterEllison and Natasha Toholka from Hall & Wilcox.

NRF responds to Canberra loss claims
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