HSF adds special counsel from Clyde & Co

20 January 2022 By Jerome Doraisamy
Lucy Bochenek

Global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has hired a special counsel from BigLaw rival Clyde & Co for its employment, industrial relations and safety practice in Sydney.

Lucy Bochenek, whom HSF described as a work health and safety law expert who specialises in strategic, regulatory and risk management issues across a range of sectors including construction, energy and resources, property and transport, joined the global firm in January 2022.

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Health and safety forms, the firm went on, a “key part” of its holistic employment and industrial relations offering and “has been essential to have this speciality as part of the firm’s assistance to its employer clients both during and as we progress through the COVID-19 pandemic”.

Speaking about the appointment, HSF Australian regional head of practice for employment, industry relations and safety Steve Bell said that the firm is “very pleased” to welcome Ms Bochenek.

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“Health and safety forms a central part of how our clients approach their employment and IR issues – now, more than ever. Lucy’s addition to the national team continues the growth of this part of our practice and will provide clients with further access to support in this important area,” he said.

“Lucy has been involved in many of Australia’s most significant WHS prosecutions and penalty proceedings, acting for both defence and prosecution counsel. Our clients will benefit greatly from Lucy’s expertise, and we are pleased that she has joined the team of Nerida Jessup, special counsel, and Graeme Tanner, senior associate in Sydney.”

HSF adds special counsel from Clyde & Co
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