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An Australian court has approved a settlement in a dispute between Herbert Smith Freehills and eight of its former partners who sought to leave the firm last year to open offices for White & Case in Australia.

An agreement was reached Monday between the eight former partners and the 167-strong claimant group of current partners at Herbert Smith Freehills, which filed suit in February.

The former partners joining White & Case are prohibited from soliciting or acting for Herbert Smith Freehills clients or poaching partners or team members from the firm until Sept. 1, a year to the day that they resigned from Herbert Smith Freehills, a global legal giant formed via a merger in 2012.

Former Herbert Smith Freehills partners Andrew Clark, Joanne Draper, Jared Muller, Tim Power, Brendan Quinn, Alan Rosengarten and Josh Sgro—all of whom are based in Melbourne—and former Sydney partner Joel Rennie, have also been prevented from officially joining White & Case as partners until Sept. 1.

An interlocutory injunction was made earlier this year to the same effect, which has now been made permanent as a result of the Australian court’s ruling Monday.

“We are pleased to announce we have reached a settlement in our proceedings and we are happy to bring this matter to a conclusion,” said a Herbert Smith Freehills spokesperson in a statement.

A White & Case spokesperson said that the firm was “extremely pleased that the eight lawyers were able to join the firm as of [March 2, 2017] and are making a significant contribution to the firm and its clients. We are happy to bring this matter to conclusion.”

The decision does not apply to other Herbert Smith Freehills partners hired by White & Case late last year: Former Hong Kong partner Fergus Smith and ex-Singapore partner Matthew Osborne.

The eight partners instructed Seyfarth Shaw, which launched in Australia with eight partners of its own in 2013, to represent them in the case filed by Herbert Smith Freehills. Documents revealed in the litigation showed how Herbert Smith Freehills partners submitted expenses and sought to cultivate clients.

White & Case launched its Melbourne office in December 2016 and opened in Sydney earlier this year after recruiting former Herbert Smith Freehills senior associates Adeline Pang and Ged Cochrane, and special counsel Michelle Keen, as partners in Melbourne.

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An Australian court has approved a settlement in a dispute between Herbert Smith Freehills and eight of its former partners who sought to leave the firm last year to open offices for White & Case in Australia.

An agreement was reached Monday between the eight former partners and the 167-strong claimant group of current partners at Herbert Smith Freehills , which filed suit in February.

The former partners joining White & Case are prohibited from soliciting or acting for Herbert Smith Freehills clients or poaching partners or team members from the firm until Sept. 1, a year to the day that they resigned from Herbert Smith Freehills , a global legal giant formed via a merger in 2012.

Former Herbert Smith Freehills partners Andrew Clark, Joanne Draper, Jared Muller, Tim Power, Brendan Quinn, Alan Rosengarten and Josh Sgro—all of whom are based in Melbourne—and former Sydney partner Joel Rennie, have also been prevented from officially joining White & Case as partners until Sept. 1.

An interlocutory injunction was made earlier this year to the same effect, which has now been made permanent as a result of the Australian court’s ruling Monday.

“We are pleased to announce we have reached a settlement in our proceedings and we are happy to bring this matter to a conclusion,” said a Herbert Smith Freehills spokesperson in a statement.

A White & Case spokesperson said that the firm was “extremely pleased that the eight lawyers were able to join the firm as of [March 2, 2017] and are making a significant contribution to the firm and its clients. We are happy to bring this matter to conclusion.”

The decision does not apply to other Herbert Smith Freehills partners hired by White & Case late last year: Former Hong Kong partner Fergus Smith and ex-Singapore partner Matthew Osborne.

The eight partners instructed Seyfarth Shaw , which launched in Australia with eight partners of its own in 2013, to represent them in the case filed by Herbert Smith Freehills . Documents revealed in the litigation showed how Herbert Smith Freehills partners submitted expenses and sought to cultivate clients.

White & Case launched its Melbourne office in December 2016 and opened in Sydney earlier this year after recruiting former Herbert Smith Freehills senior associates Adeline Pang and Ged Cochrane, and special counsel Michelle Keen, as partners in Melbourne.

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