Ashurst has hired Nina Fitzgerald as an intellectual property partner in Sydney, further strengthening its IP practice in Australia.

Fitzgerald joins from Hong Kong-based firm Deacons, where she was a senior associate. She primarily focuses on patent litigation and advises on trademark and copyright matters. She has represented clients in the pharmaceutical, life sciences, technology and luxury sectors.

Before joining Deacons in 2015, Fitzgerald practiced at Herbert Smith Freehills, having joined legacy Freehills in 2006. She moved to Hong Kong following the firm’s merger with Herbert Smith in 2012.

“Nina’s appointment is a key part of our strategy to continue to invest in our first tier IP practice in Australia and to build the firm’s global intellectual property footprint,” Lisa Ritson, Ashurst’s Sydney-based global head of IP, said in a statement.

In May of this year, the Anglo-Australian firm promoted IP lawyer Stuart D’Aloisio to partner in Melbourne.

With the addition of Fitzgerald and D’Aloisio, Ashurst has seven IP partners in Australia—four in Sydney and three in Melbourne.

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