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HFW hires employment partner in Perth

Global law firm HFW has added a new partner for its employment practice in Perth, who has served as a partner at fellow BigLaw firms Corrs Chambers Westgarth and DLA Piper.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 22 May 2023 Big Law
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Simon Billing (pictured) has joined HFW, bringing his three decades of employee relations experience both as a legal practitioner in private practice and employee relations consultant for the Australian Resources & Energy Group.

Most recently, Mr Billing was the director of S Billing & Associates in Perth, and prior to that, he was a partner at Corrs and at DLA Piper.


The news follows the firm’s addition of four new senior associates in its Australian offices back in March.

Mr Billing will work alongside HFW partner Mark Sant, the firm said, as well as its broader employment team in Australia and globally.

Speaking about the appointment, HFW Australian managing partner Gavin Vallely said: “We are delighted to welcome Simon to the firm. He is recognised throughout Australia for his expertise in workplace safety and industrial relations, which are critical service areas for many of our clients.

“We see a lot of scope for growing this practice and are continuing to look for other opportunities for growth in Australia, which is a focus for the firm.”

Mr Billing added: “I’m very excited to be joining HFW at this time of great challenge for its clients across the mining, resources, maritime and construction industries, which will flow from the recent reforms to Australia’s labour laws as well as the recent implementation of the uniform safety laws in Western Australia.

“I look forward to working alongside them to successfully navigate these challenges.”

Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy is the editor of Lawyers Weekly. A former lawyer, he has worked at Momentum Media as a journalist on Lawyers Weekly since February 2018, and has served as editor since March 2022. He is also the host of all five shows under The Lawyers Weekly Podcast Network, and has overseen the brand's audio medium growth from 4,000 downloads per month to over 60,000 downloads per month, making The Lawyers Weekly Show the most popular industry-specific podcast in Australia. Jerome is also the author of The Wellness Doctrines book series, an admitted solicitor in NSW, and a board director of Minds Count.

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