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NRF names 3 new Aussie partners

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has elevated three women to its partnership ranks in Australia.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 24 January 2024 Big Law
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Perth-based restructuring lawyer Kellie Link, Sydney-based litigation and dispute resolution lawyer Maria Panos, and Melbourne-based environment lawyer Jacqueline Plant have all been made partners at Norton Rose Fulbright.

The news follows NRF’s hiring of two partners and a senior associate (who joined the BigLaw firm as a special counsel) from global rival Clyde & Co in August, its appointment of two litigators to its partnership in late July, its promotion of 28 lawyers to more senior roles in the same month, and its appointment of an executive counsel from Herbert Smith Freehills as a new real estate partner in October.


It also follows a string of partner appointments by the global firm since the start of 2023, reported by Lawyers Weekly here, here and here.

Speaking about the firm’s newest partners, NRF chief executive partner Alison Deitz said: “The appointments of Kellie, Maria and Jacqueline are recognition of the quality of their experience and proven ability to support clients in complex matters.

“They have made a strong contribution to our firm’s restructuring, dispute resolution and projects teams across a range of sectors, including government, financial services, resources, agribusiness, and renewable energy.”

Ms Link primarily acts for financial institutions, insolvency practitioners and large companies, with experience in advising and conducting all aspects of litigation, NRF said in a statement, and has experience in the enforcement of commercially sensitive matters and advises her clients on legal, brand and reputational risks.

Ms Panos regularly acts for state government agencies in coronial inquests and other inquiries that traverse public policy issues, including responses to child abuse, deaths of children, mental health and police powers, the firm went on, and has acted for state government agencies in inquiries, including the Lindt Cafe Siege Inquest; the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse; and the Cunneen Special Commission of Inquiry.

Ms Plant’s practice is focused on the energy transition and, in particular, advising on the environmental aspects of the development and operation of major energy and infrastructure projects, NRF noted, and she has experience in securing Commonwealth and state environmental and planning approvals for global and domestic clients developing projects in the renewable energy, waste, water, resources, development, and government sectors.

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