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Pinsent Masons adds 7th partner for year to date

Global law firm Pinsent Masons has continued its growth in Australia, with the appointment of a planning and environment partner from PwC.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 25 August 2023 Big Law
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Florence Riviere (pictured) has joined Pinsent Masons, bringing her “extensive experience” in advising energy and infrastructure sector clients on environment and planning matters.

Ms Riviere will be based in the firm’s Melbourne office.

She was most recently a freelance consultant and an integrated infrastructure partner at PwC and prior to this she was head of legal at the Suburban Rail Loop Authority, managing principal at Rail Projects Victoria, and has also worked at Clayton Utz and Norton Rose Fulbright.


The news followed the firm’s launching of an Australian-based employment and reward practice with teams from both Lander & Rogers and Holding Redlich earlier this month as well as its promotion of two to partner in April and unveiling of all-female office leadership across its three Australian offices in February.

It also follows a “record year of revenue growth” at the global firm, as reported late last month.

Pinsent Masons Australian head Matthew Croagh said that Ms Riviere’s appointment is an “important step” in the firm’s strategic goal of further expanding its property practice in Australia as well as continuing to focus on the growing renewable energy sector.

“The focus in Australia on transitioning to renewable energy has enabled us to continue expanding our energy sector capability so that we are able to support our clients who are increasing their investment in this crucial area,” he said.

“Part of this expansion is to provide an outstanding capability when it comes to obtaining planning and environment approvals for renewable energy projects which are so vital to the success of such projects.

“Florence is the seventh partner we have either hired or promoted in Australia in 2023 and many of these partners are in practice areas such as corporate, employment and reward, and planning and environment where there is demand from our clients to deepen the legal teams that support our core focus on energy and infrastructure.”

Ms Riviere added: “It is exciting to be joining a firm that is globally recognised as the leading construction law firm and is a market leader in the Asia-Pacific region in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

“There is going to be significant opportunities for the private sector to drive the transition to renewable energy in Australia, with recent developments in offshore wind and hydrogen showing that this shift has now gained unstoppable momentum.”