Clyde & Co has lured away another partner from Norton Rose Fulbright to its Sydney office—its third from the global legal giant so far this year.
Environment and planning lawyer Jacinta Studdert will join the U.K. firm on Sept. 1. Her practice focuses on environment and planning requirements, compliance, risk management and regulatory issues related to property, project and infrastructure development.
Studdert switches firms, as did real estate partner Cameron Thomson and insurance partner John Moran earlier this year. The hires from Norton Rose comes as health and safety lawyer Michael Tooma, another former Norton Rose partner who left to join Clyde & Co’s Sydney office in 2016, was promoted to Australia managing partner earlier this month, succeeding insurance partner Dean Carrigan.
Norton Rose has been busy with partner appointments and departures in Australia since its acquisition of 180-lawyer Australian outfit Henry Davis York last year. In recent months, the global firm has hired Clifford Chance’s Perth head, Paul Lingard, who will join later this year; Herbert Smith Freehills executive counsel Miriam D’Souza, also in Perth; Allens managing associate Chris Patten in Brisbane; Allen & Overy Singapore partner Andrew Battisson in Sydney; and longtime government adviser and former King & Wood Mallesons consultant William Conley in Canberra.
Last month, Norton Rose lost Sydney office co-head Andrew Steele to Clayton Utz. Steele joins more than 20 former Henry Davis partners who left Norton Rose either leading up to or after the combination, according to a February report by the Australian Financial Review.