Aviation expert flies to Paris

EX-WATSON Farley & Williams partner Deborah Clark has been appointed as a partner in the Paris office of Norton Rose.

Clark, an aviation specialist, came over as a lateral hire at the end of March and was among six solicitors made up to partnership earlier this month.

A former barrister she practised as a criminal defence advocate, squatting at 1 Pump Court, until starting at Watsons in 1986.

She qualified as a solicitor with the firm in 1988 and last year became one of three

partners in the London-based aviation group.

Clark says the move to the 18-strong British/French legal team at Norton Rose Paris was motivated by reasons which were “more professional than personal”, but she says the opportunity to work abroad was attractive.

“The Paris banks are slightly more active than the London ones in the aviation finance sector and the Paris office of Norton Rose is very well-known for that type of work,” says Clark. “While I'm here I will be looking at banks and financiers with reference to shipping as well as aviation.”

v Norton Rose has relocated its Prague office to larger premises. The firm has maintained a presence in the city since 1992, and last year opened a full-time office providing legal services to Czech and foreign companies investing in Central Europe.

Banking solicitor David Lacey, based at the Prague

office, says political and economic stability is encouraging more international companies to do business in the Czech Republic, and Norton Rose has expanded its services to cater to their needs.