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Bakers appoints 2 partners from NRF

Global law firm Baker McKenzie has appointed two partners from BigLaw rival Norton Rose Fulbright for its Sydney-based construction, projects and energy practice.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 26 June 2023 Big Law
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Earlier this morning (26 June), the Financial Review reported that NRF partners Emanuel Confos and Harriet Oldmeadow are joining Bakers, in the firm’s construction, projects and energy practice.

Mr Confros has been a partner at NRF for over eight years, prior to which he was a partner at fellow BigLaw firm Gilbert + Tobin. Ms Oldmeadow has spent the last eight years at NRF, having been a partner for almost 18 months.

In a statement to Lawyers Weekly, a firm spokesperson for Baker McKenzie confirmed that the pair are joining the global player.


“We are excited to welcome two experienced major energy and infrastructure projects partners to our firm and further enhance our offering across these fast-growing sectors,” the spokesperson noted.

“These appointments mark the next phase in the firm’s Australian strategy — adding depth and talent to our existing team in targeted industries and sectors of increasing demand and client need.”

The pair will be based in Baker McKenzie’s Sydney office.

A spokesperson for NRF noted: “We will shortly be welcoming new additions to our national projects and construction team in Sydney, including a respected senior partner. This follows the addition of Perth-based partner Ben Bradstreet in March this year.”

The news follows Bakers’ appointment of Sydney-based partner Anne-Marie Allgrove as its new Australian managing partner in December of last year (she will start in her new role next week), its appointment of a new partner in February, and its focus on Brisbane as a growth area, as reported by Lawyers Weekly in March.

The news also follows BigLaw firm Ashurst’s appointment of two corporate and M&A partners from Gilbert + Tobin last week.

In early February, Lawyers Weekly explored the trend of poaching teams and senior partners, which was “all the rage” in late 2022 and early 2023 as firms geared up for a potential national recession.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include a statement from Norton Rose Fulbright.

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