Mr Ashworth joins the firm from Corrs Chambers Westgarth, with his experience having seen him advising consortia and contractors on a wide range of infrastructure procurement across Australia and New Zealand.
According to K&L Gates, Mr Ashworth has advised on a number of government infrastructure projects for public and private sector clients, including the Sydney Light Rail PPP, Grafton Prison PPP, Auckland Prison PPP, and Gold Coast Light Rail PPP, among others.
Commenting on his move, the construction and infrastructure lawyer said that “having worked internationally on major infrastructure projects in the past,” he was drawn to K&L Gates by the firm’s global footprint and collaborative approach.
“The ability to leverage global best practice from international counterparts for major projects in Australia means we can provide world-class advice to our clients here on the ground,” Mr Ashworth continued.
For K&L Gates’ managing partner in Australia, Nick Nichola, Mr Ashworth is “an important addition to our expanding projects, real estate, and construction practice.”
“His international experience will boost our construction and infrastructure capabilities, alongside Sydney construction and infrastructure partner Sandra Steele,” he noted.
Mr Ashworth will work closely with the firm’s energy, infrastructure and resources group and in particular, Luke Westmore and Zac Kerr.
“We are thrilled to welcome Simon to the firm,” Mr Nichola stated.