Exclusive: More HDY lawyers resist combination, join boutique

By Tom Lodewyke|26 October 2017

Another Henry Davis York partner has left, taking her team with her, as the mid-tier finalises its merger with Norton Rose Fulbright. 

Sydney firm Addisons Lawyers has announced that Donna Short (pictured) joined its partnership this week from Henry Davis York. 

Ms Short was formerly a partner at HDY and the leader of its intellectual property practice. She worked at the firm for almost 20 years. 

She was accompanied by special counsel Hazel McDwyer, formerly a special counsel in HDY's IP team. A secretary also accompanied the two lawyers. 

Ms Short's team joined Addisons' IP practice, which includes partners Karen Hayne, Jamie Nettleton, Justine Munsie and Martin O’Connor.


Addisons managing partner David Ferguson welcomed Ms Short and her team to the firm. 

“The firm is very pleased that Donna has joined the firm and brought across her team, he said. 

“She will be able to build on Addisons' IP offering and, with the existing IP partners, grow the firm’s excellent reputation in the IP space both nationally and internationally.”

Ms Short's team is the latest in a string of departures from HDY and Norton Rose Fulbright since the two firms announced their intention to merge in June. 

The HDY partnership and NRF board both unanimously approved the merger, but whole teams and individual partners had left in the months since it was announced. 


The merger is set to go live on 1 December. 

Pictured: Addisons partner Donna Short

Exclusive: More HDY lawyers resist combination, join boutique
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