A former general counsel and company secretary and partner at Herbert Smith Freehills has joined NewLaw firm Hive Legal as a principal.
Susan Taylor has joined Hive from her energy consulting firm, Enertique, and brings with her a “strong international reputation assisting private and public clients in energy regulatory matters and significant commercial transactions in energy markets in more than eight countries”, Hive said.
Ms Taylor said she was drawn to Hive because of its “innovative business model and non-time-based pricing”.
“Having worked in-house for a number of years I see the real benefits that this approach brings to clients. It aligns incentives and means that the lawyers and the clients can agree pricing up front and get on with producing the outputs needed for the business,” she said.
“The amazing calibre of Hive’s team and their standing in the energy sector was also a big draw card for me and my existing clients. I am already seeing how the powerful combination of specialist energy sector expertise and a more progressive approach to the delivery of legal services is so attractive from the client’s perspective.”
“It’s exciting and motivating to be part of a collaborative and forward-thinking firm.”
Speaking about the appointment, Hive principal Andrew Brooks said the firm is “thrilled” to have Ms Taylor join their ranks.
“Susan’s expertise is especially valuable given the pace of change in the energy sector resulting from the increasing application of new energy technology, energy policy reforms and heavy regulatory scrutiny,” he said.
“Susan’s time as a general counsel, which included seeing her manage a major class action and a royal commission, brings invaluable experience to us and ultimately our clients.”