Sydney, Australia. Photo: Shutterstock

Norton Rose Fulbright has made multiple hires in Australia, adding lawyers in May to its projects, arbitration, and government practices.

Banking and project finance lawyer Chris Patten has joined the firm’s Brisbane office as a partner from Australian firm Allens. He had worked at Allens since 2005 and was most recently a managing associate in the firm’s Melbourne office. In 2016, he advised a consortium on its $6.8 billion acquisition of Australian port and rail giant Asciano Ltd.

International arbitrator partner Andrew Battisson has joined Norton Rose Fulbright in Sydney from Allen & Overy’s Singapore office, where he made partner in 2016. He specializes in disputes in the finance, energy and infrastructure sectors.

And in the Canberra office, longtime government adviser William Conley has arrived at the firm as a senior consultant. A former consultant with King & Wood Mallesons, Conley is better known for his time at Ashurst, where he worked for more than 40 years—including as Canberra office managing partner. He first joined the Anglo-Australian firm via the legacy Dawson Waldron, where he made partner in 1981. Conley advises Australian government agencies, particularly the departments of defense and finance, on procurement and other commercial projects.

Norton Rose Fulbright merged with New York-based Chadbourne & Parke last year, adding 400 lawyers. In Australia, it merged last year with 180-lawyer local firm Henry Davis York. The combined 3,339-lawyer firm reported $1.96 billion in 2017 gross revenue, according to the most recent Am Law 100 report.