HFW adds dispute partner from Corrs Chambers Westgarth

04 May 2022 By Lauren Croft
Bronwyn Lincoln

Global law firm HFW has bolstered its litigation practice with the addition of a new partner, in a move that the managing partner said will assist the firm’s continued growth in the Australian market.

Commercial litigation partner Bronwyn Lincoln will join the HFW Melbourne office – and specialises in international commercial arbitration and high-value multi-jurisdictional disputes, with a focus on international trade, shareholder and joint venture and project/infrastructure disputes. She joins from Corrs Chambers Westgarth and has previously spent over a decade as a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills.

This appointment follows HFW’s recruitment of a disputes team in Perth last month, led by Paul D Evans – the former state solicitor for Western Australia. This is in addition to the appointment of its first new senior partner in 15 years in February this year, as well as new global group heads and a new management board last month.

HFW has now added 10 new partners in Australia since 2020 across front-end construction and infrastructure, disputes and international arbitration and workplace relations, as well as internal promotions in commodities, insurance and energy transition.

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Ms Lincoln has advised and acted for clients across a range of industry sectors, including technology, commodities, insurance, telecommunications, property, mining and resources, energy (including renewables) and pharmaceutical. She has experience in all aspects of international arbitration and also advises on dispute resolution procedures, conflict of laws and public international law. She also provides pro bono work and has acted in a number of high-profile prosecution cases.

HFW Australia managing partner Gavin Vallely said that the new appointment would support increased growth in a number of practice areas.

I am very pleased to welcome Bronwyn to HFW. The expansion of our disputes practice is a key element of our ongoing growth strategy in Australia, and Bronwyn brings a wealth of experience and has a phenomenal global reputation for her work on international litigation and arbitration matters,” he said.

“Her vast experience across our core sectors will enhance our offering to our clients, in particular with respect to cross-border disputes.

Following a “record” year in FY21, HFW’s Australia revenue has increased by almost 80 per cent over the past six years and now accounts for more than 10 per cent of the firm’s total annual revenue.

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Commenting on her new role, Ms Lincoln stated: This is an exciting time to be joining HFW as the firm continues its growth trajectory in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, and I am looking forward to being a part of its growing disputes practice. 

“HFW has a rapidly growing reputation as being one of the leading law firms in international arbitration and cross border disputes and I am excited by the opportunity to work alongside partners in Australia and in the firm’s global network to build on that reputation.”

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HFW adds dispute partner from Corrs Chambers Westgarth
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