NRF appoints 1 to partner in Brisbane office
Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed a new partner to its construction and engineering practice in its Brisbane office.
Laura Walton has “broad experience” practicing in public and private sectors in a range of construction projects across energy, infrastructure, transport and real estate. Prior to this role, Ms Walton was special counsel at Clayton Utz.
Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) Australia managing partner Wayne Spanner said of the new appointment: “Adding a partner with Laura’s skills, expertise and standing in the Queensland market will greatly assist our clients in Australia and the [Asia Pacific].”
According to NRF, Ms Walton has provided clients with advice during project delivery and post-completion, including on contract administration, claims preparation, dispute avoidance, minimisation strategies and on dispute resolution.
This is not the first time Ms Walton has worked at NRF, having spent time there during 2011 and through to 2015 as a senior associate and then as special counsel.
Ms Walton said: “I am pleased to be returning to Norton Rose Fulbright as a partner after spending many of my formative years working closely with the firm’s Queensland-based construction, infrastructure and energy clients.
“Rejoining a global law firm, with a strong presence and a talented team across Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and throughout the world, will provide the platform to support my clients with domestic and cross-border dispute advice.”
NRF has been investing in its construction and engineering practice under Emanuel Confos, with several partner appointments in recent years.
“Major projects, particularly those involving transport, have proliferated in Australia in recent years,” Mr Spanner said. “In this time our strong national construction and engineering team has assisted corporate and government clients from around the country but we foresee increasing demand for advice relating to Queensland projects.”