Clyde & Co opens in Brisbane

By Reporter|28 October 2014

Global firm Clyde & Co has poached three partners from Sparke Helmore to launch its fourth Australian office.

Matthew Pokarier (pictured), who was at Sparkes for around six years, will head up Clyde & Co’s new Brisbane office with former Sparkes colleagues Jacinta Long and Maxine Tills.

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All three partners specialise in insurance – particularly professional, directors’ and officers’, product and general liability – as well as commercial litigation.

Clyde & Co is planning to hire another 20 lawyers in Brisbane by the end of the year, which will boost its headcount in Australia to more than 100.

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John Edmond, managing partner of Clyde & Co in Australia, said the Brisbane office is the final chapter in the firm’s strategy of “a four-office national spread”.

“As always, we have invested significant time in selecting the right team to join our firm,” he said in a statement.

Edmond added that the firm is looking to expand its infrastructure, transportation and international trade practices across a number of its offices.

Clyde & Co currently has offices in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne.

In September 2013, Clyde & Co launched a projects and construction practice in Perth by poaching experts in the area from King & Wood Mallesons and Norton Rose Fulbright; the firm also nabbed shipping, trade and commodities partner Maurice Thompson from HWL Ebsworth.

Clyde & Co entered the Australian market in 2012 after acquiring a team of lawyers from Allens.

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