Hall & Wilcox has expanded its national commercial disputes expertise with the new addition of a construction and projects disputes partner in its Perth office.
Penny Ford has joined the international firm from Norton Rose Fulbright and brings a breadth of construction and litigation experience, having worked in the Australian legal industry for over two decades.
The new appointment also brings Hall & Wilcox’s partner count to 100, in what managing partner Tony Macvean has called a “significant milestone” for the firm.
“Our strategy has been to capitalise on partnering with our clients, nurturing our culture and capitalising on the growth opportunities in the market and across our business. Penny’s appointment is a great example of the excellent people we have joining our firm,” he said.
“We are an ambitious firm and we are always keen to hear from great people who would like to join our firm and who meet our strategic and cultural criteria.”
Ms Ford is an experienced and high-profile construction and projects disputes lawyer and commercial litigator. She has a strong track record of advising on and managing complex, high-stakes disputes for a wide range of commercial and government clients, with a focus on litigation and arbitration of construction, oil and gas, and project disputes but also with extensive experience managing other commercial disputes.
Mr Macvean added that Ms Ford’s appointment is a significant coup for the firm.
“Penny is a terrific person and litigator. We think she will be fabulous for our national litigation practice and our Perth commercial practice. We are delighted that she is joining us,” he said.
Ms Ford said that she was “delighted to be joining Hall & Wilcox at an exciting time in its growth in the Western Australian and national legal markets.”
“It is an innovative firm with a great culture,” she said.
“I look forward to working collaboratively with an excellent group of lawyers to continue providing exceptional service to our clients.”