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Ashurst adds 3 partners from NRF

Global law firm Ashurst has appointed three partners for its projects and corporate teams in Perth, all of whom are joining from BigLaw rival Norton Rose Fulbright.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 22 March 2022 Big Law
Ashurst adds 3 partners from NRF
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Paul Lingard, Miriam D’Souza and Jessica Davies are set to join Ashurst’s office in Perth as part of the global firm’s plans to further develop its focus on the energy and resources sectors.

Mr Lingard was, most recently, the co-head of NRF’s energy group in Asia-Pacific and co-head of energy, infrastructure and resources in Australia. He has been a partner at NRF since 2018, prior to which he was a partner at Clifford Chance and King & Wood Mallesons.

Ms D’Souza has been a partner at NRF for three and a half years, prior to which she spent nearly 16 years at Herbert Smith Freehills. She currently serves as a director of the Australian Gender Equality Council.


Ms Davies has been a partner at NRF for three years and three months, before which she worked at Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy, King & Wood Mallesons and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in New York.

Ashurst global co-head of projects and real estate Lee McDonald said that the firm is “delighted” to welcome the trio.

“[We are] committed to growing our already strong energy and resources offering to forge a reputation as the go-to adviser across the Asia-Pacific region. As a firm, we have already experienced significant growth in this area and Paul, Miriam and Jessica will help to continue this trajectory,” he said.

“Paul is a leading expert in the sector and brings with him the vision, skills and experience to develop a significant practice that can extend beyond a pure energy and resources focus. The hire of Paul, Miriam and Jessica is an expansive move that underscores our plans for growth.”

The firm’s managing partner in Perth, Gaelan Cooney, added that he is excited to welcome the three partners to Ashurst’s office in the west.

All three bring impressive experience and strong technical capabilities and have the ability to guide companies and governments through a wide range of legal and commercial issues,” he said.

“Their arrival is a sign of Ashurst’s commitment to growing our Perth office and our broader offering to clients in the energy and resources sectors.

“We have a strong pipeline of talent and are planning further senior hires in our Perth office to continue to offer world-class expertise to clients.”