Gates open for Clutz partner
K&L Gates has poached a Perth-based energy & resources partner from Clayton Utz.
John King (pictured) started at K&L’s Perth office this month, however he will relocate to Singapore later in the year.
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King has 20 years’ experience in the petroleum and petrochemical sectors and has focused his practice on international oil & gas projects.
Prior to joining Clutz, King was a senior legal counsel with energy company Eni International. He was also a partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth for three years between 2004 and 2007.
King is the latest in a series of partner defections from Clutz in 2014.
Earlier this month Sydney-based infrastructure partner Angus Foley left the firm to join Ashurst. Clutz also dropped highly-regarded energy and resources partner Darren Fooks, who resigned from the partnership in April to spearhead Baker & McKenzie’s new Brisbane office.
Another of Clutz’s energy & resources partners in Brisbane, Keira Brennan, defected to Norton Rose Fulbright in March after more than 10 years in the Clutz partnership. Brennan quit just weeks after Sydney-based banking & finance partner Paul Gatward left Clutz to join HWL Ebsworth.
K&L Gates also lost a banking & finance partner recently. Richard Winter joined the Sydney office of Allion Legal in February to head up the firm’s new finance practice. That same month K&L Gates poached financial services group head Liz Gray and three other lawyers from Henry Davis York.