Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s former London corporate head Simon Marchant will join Australian firm Clayton Utz following his retirement from the magic circle firm at the end of the month.

Clayton Utz, one of Australia’s largest law firms, employs almost 700 fee earners in six offices across Australia, including Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, and Melbourne. It is expected Marchant will join the firm’s M&A practice in October in a consultancy role.