NRF adds new construction partner

By Tony Zhang|03 March 2020
Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed a new internationally qualified projects and construction partner.

Joining the major projects, construction and engineering team, partner Joanne Emerson Taqi will relocate to NRF’s Sydney office from the firm’s Middle East practice.

Norton Rose Fulbright managing partner in Australia Wayne Spanner commented: “Joanne’s extensive experience across a range of sectors, and history of advising clients in multiple markets around the world, will be tremendously beneficial for our national projects and construction and engineering teams and the clients they serve.” 

“Her cross-border experience will facilitate projects involving stakeholders in Australia and Asia, as well assisting Middle East developers pursue projects throughout Asia-Pacific.”


Ms Taqi brings over 10 years’ experience, specialising in projects and construction in the real estate, infrastructure, energy (including renewables) and transport sectors. 

Significant transactions include advising on the Umm Al Hayman Wastewater Project to provide assistance to the Partnership Technical Bureau and the Ministry for Public Works in Kuwait for the procurement of a waste water treatment plant and a sewage pipe transmission system. 

She has advised on all types of developments, including commercial, industrial, domestic and public, and all forms of contract, including the FIDIC Suite of Agreements, NEC, JCT and the Australian Standards.

Ms Taqi worked in Norton Rose Fulbright’s Bahrain office since 2006 and served as the firm’s regional co-head of the projects team and regional head of the infrastructure industry, mining and commodities group. Prior to that she worked in Sydney for law firms MinterEllison and Allens

“I am looking forward to bringing my years of experience gained in the Middle East to Australia, having advised [on] one of the busiest projects jurisdictions in the world,” Ms Taqi said on her appointment. 


“The firm’s Australian projects and construction teams have developed a strong track record in all of the areas I practise in, from renewables to waste-to-energy, accommodation, transport, real estate and oil and gas. 

“I am eager to help connect our foreign clients into Australian projects, as well as assist Australian clients in developing projects at home and abroad.”

Norton Rose Fulbright has been investing in its national construction and engineering practice, which is led by partner Emanuel Confos. 

In February, the firm announced Brisbane-based major projects, construction and government partner Ren Niemann would join this year, following new Brisbane partner Laura Walton, who joined in September last year.

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