Lingard, who will arrive later this year, has been the Magic Circle firm’s office chief since May 2017. He has represented mining and energy companies such as BHP Billiton Ltd. and ConocoPhillips Co. on M&A deals and project development.
At Clifford Chance, which he joined in 2014 from King & Wood Mallesons, Lingard also co-leads the global mining practice with London-based partner David Lewis.
Clifford Chance said Sydney-based Australia managing partner Richard Gordon will oversee its operations in both Sydney and Perth following Lingard’s departure.
Meanwhile, Herbert Smith Freehills executive counsel Miriam D’Souza has also joined Norton Rose as a partner. She advises on infrastructure projects in the mining, social infrastructure, port, rail, water and waste sectors. She joined the Perth office of legacy firm Freehills in 2003, nearly a decade before it combined with London-based Herbert Smith.
In recent months, Norton Rose has hired multiple partners in Australia, including banking and project finance lawyer Chris Patten, who joined the firm’s Brisbane office as a partner from local legal giant Allens; international arbitrator partner Andrew Battisson in Sydney from Allen & Overy’s Singapore office; and longtime government adviser and former King & Wood Mallesons consultant William Conley in Canberra.
Norton Rose added 400 lawyers last summer after combining with New York-based Chadbourne & Parke, a move that came amid its acquisition of 180-lawyer Australian outfit Henry Davis York, the latest in a series of mergers by the now 3,339-lawyer firm in recent years.
Norton Rose, which earlier this year closed offices in Abu Dhabi and Almaty, Kazakhstan, took in $1.96 billion in gross revenue during 2017. The firm also granted a sixth leadership term to global CEO Peter Martyr that began on Jan. 1.