Norton Rose Fulbright is continuing its expansion in Australia, hiring real estate specialist Adrian Jones as a partner in Melbourne.
Jones specializes in property acquisitions across commercial, residential, student accommodation, wind and solar farms and airports. He joins from an in-house role at London-based student accommodation facilities operator Scape Student Living Ltd., where he served as general counsel for its Australian arm, assisting on legal matters including acquisition and development of sites, management of real estate funds, and negotiation of construction contracts and disputes.
In 2016, he was part of the team that advised Malaysian property developer S P Setia Bhd on a $73 million acquisition of a property in Melbourne’s Central Business District from Australian telecommunications giant Telstra Corp. Ltd.
Before going in-house in 2017, Jones did stints at Herbert Smith Freehills and Norton Rose in Melbourne, and at Clyde & Co in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. While at Clyde & Co, he seconded at the Abu Dhabi Airports Company as assistant legal counsel. Earlier in his career, he practiced at the legacy Deacons Australia from 2005 to 2008, which merged into Norton Rose in 2010.
Norton Rose has been expanding in Australia this year. Last month, the firm hired corporate partner James Crowe in Melbourne from Herbert Smith; in September, the firm announced it had recruited four partners in Canberra, including a new office head; and in August, it nabbed Clifford Chance’s former Perth office managing partner, Paul Lingard, and former Herbert Smith executive counsel. Miriam D’Souza, as partners in Perth.