Pinsents takes four-partner Norton Rose team for Perth launch

Pinsent Masons is opening its third office in Australia, with the launch of a base in Perth.

The firm, which moved into the Australia market in 2015 with launches in Melbourne and Sydney, has recruited four construction and engineering partners from Norton Rose Fulbright for the new base – Rob Buchanan, Matthew Croagh, Adrienne Parker and Bill Ryan.

Parker is already based in Perth in Norton Rose’s local office, while Matthew Croagh and Bill Ryan are moving from Melbourne and Buchanan is joining from Norton Rose’s Sydney base.

Pinsents has been moving forward with a programme of international expansion during the past 18 months, launching in Duesseldorf in February last year and Johannesburg and Madrid in January and May respectively this year. In June, the firm also announced that it is opening a Dublin base with a trio of partner hires.

Pinsents Australia head David Rennick said: “In less than two years, Pinsents has established itself among the preeminent infrastructure firms in Australia. The appointments also present an opportunity to expand further into the energy sector.”

Earlier this year, Pinsents launch its flexible lawyering service Vario in Australia. The business, which launched in 2012, now has 300 freelance lawyers on its books.

Pinsents recently posted strong financial results for 2016-17, with turnover up 11% to £423.1m and profit per equity partner rising 14% to £625,000. Weakness of sterling helped boost this year’s results, with the firm stating that on a constant currency basis, turnover grew 7%.

The firm also recently announced the acquisition of diversity consultancy Brook Graham.

In a statement, Norton Rose said: “Since Norton Rose Fulbright entered Australia in 2010, we have been focused on building an elite global law firm, solidifying our industry and sector expertise, and forging strong links around the world with our clients and within our business.

“Our immediate focus now is on our intended combination with premier Australian law firm Henry Davis York this calendar year. Both firms have been busy preparing for that combination since it was announced in mid-June, and we have had a strong, positive response from clients during our many conversations with them about what the combination would offer their organisations.

“With all these things, some people will want to adopt a different course and we wish them well. This sort of thing is a common occurrence in mergers. Others are attracted by the scale of our ambition, such as new corporate and M&A partners Martin Irwin, who has joined from Baker McKenzie in Sydney, and Adam Edelman in Perth (who joins us from HSBC in September). Further new partner announcements will be made soon.”