HWL Ebsworth is adding a banking and finance partner in Perth.

Geoff Stevens will joins from Perth firm Lavan Legal, where he was a partner. An official start date at HWL Ebsworth has yet to be decided.

Within his banking and finance practice, Stevens focuses on project, structured and property-based financing, but acts for clients on insolvencies and regulatory matters as well. He also advises on general corporate and corporate transactions.

Stevens joined the former Phillips Fox in Perth in 1995 and became a partner two years later. He was part of a group of Phillips Fox partners to leave in 2006 and launch Lavan Legal.That same year Phillips Fox entered into an alliance with DLA Piper, creating DLA Phillips Fox, and then fully integrated with DLA Piper in 2011.

HWL Ebsworth employs about 500 lawyers, including 165 partners, in six offices across Australia.

Email: tbrennan@alm.com.