Clydes expands in Australia with KWM and Norton Rose Fulbright hires

Clyde & Co has added three new partners and a number of lawyers to its Australian offices, a year after the firm opened there.

Two of the newly appointed partners, Glen Warwick and Beth Cubitt will lead the launch of Clyde & Co’s Australian project and construction practice. Warwick joins from the Perth office of Norton Rose Fulbright, and Cubitt will join on 1 November after 12 years with King & Wood Mallesons. Both were partners at their previous firms and are based in Perth.

Prior to joining Norton Rose in Australia in 2011, Glen was an associate of Clydes’ Middle East projects and construction group based in Abu Dhabi for two years. He is joined at Clydes by Norton Rose Perth associate Rupert Coldwell.

Clydes’ global head of projects and construction John Morris said: “We have made a strategic decision to become a major force globally in our core sectors, of which infrastructure is an important one.”

“Similarly, we have entered the Australian market with purpose, expanding off the back of another of our core sectors, and are now embarking on the second phase of the firm’s development in the Australian market,” Morris said in a statement.

Clydes has also hired partner Maurice Thompson from Australian firm HWL Ebsworth to lead its shipping, trade and commodities practice in Australia. He is based in Melbourne and will be joined by senior associate Renee Amundsen and James Cooper from HWL Ebsworth.

The additions come a year after Clyde & Co entered the Australian market, acquiring a team from Allens to open offices in Sydney and Perth (2 July 2012). Since opening, the firm’s Australian offices have grown to house 60 employees, with nine partners heading a team of 45 legal staff.