HFW adds 2 new partners
Global firm HFW has moved to expand its Australian presence with the addition of two partners to its Perth office.
Energy and renewables practitioner Jo Garland has been promoted to partner and regulatory and product liability partner Dr Michael Maxwell has been hired from Clayton Utz. Both new firm partners will be located in the firm’s Perth office.
Speaking about the appointments, Australian managing partner Gavin Vallely said: “We are delighted to announce Jo’s promotion and welcome Michael to HFW.”
“Jo’s vast experience in the power generation sector and in particular her recent work on Australia’s first co-located wind and solar farm, and a groundbreaking ‘new energy’ peer-to-peer energy trading project [provide] clients with the innovative support which we believe is characteristic of HFW’s service offering,” Mr Vallely continued.
“Michael’s expertise in regulatory issues, international risk and multifaceted litigation is an ideal fit for our business, in particular our international trading and logistics clients who are exposed to increasingly complex and onerous compliance requirements. Jo also has in-depth regulatory expertise across a number of HFW’s key sectors, [which] will significantly strengthen our regulatory offering,” Mr Vallely continued.
HFW Perth office head Matthew Blycha added: "This is another important step in the continued development of our Perth practice.”
“HFW has been in Perth for almost a decade and the areas that Jo and Michael are able to service are indicative of how our business and the legal market generally [have] evolved during this time; with the future energy transition and regulatory compliance being an issue that is a priority for all clients,” he said.
Ms Garland said she was “very pleased” to have been promoted to partner “at what is a very pivotal time for the energy industry”.
“I look forward to steering clients through the future energy transition; with the development of new technologies, renewable or hybrid power systems and decarbonisation across industry,” she noted.
Dr Maxwell said: “I am excited to be joining a dynamic and fast-growing global firm with a strong international network. HFW offers exceptional opportunities for me to consolidate my practice and actively pursue key elements in its growth strategy.”