Australian firm Minter Ellison is reorganising its management for a massive expansion drive.
Robert Hanley, currently one of two partners in the London office, is moving back to Australia after nearly four years to spearhead the firm's international drive.
The firm has also just expanded its Sydney banking practice with two senior partners from Mallesons Stephen Jaques. Peter Machin and Ian James will boost the firm's finance capability, although it is traditionally known as a corporate and securities firm.
In London, Hanley was responsible for raising Minter Ellison's profile and increasing referral relationships with the major English and European law firms. When he returns to Sydney he will be an integral part of the firm's more aggressive international strategy.
He says: "Initially, my role will be assisting to manage the corporate group in Sydney as well as a management role in relation to our international offices. It's not decided yet, but I'll either be on a committee or heading the international development of the firm. We're positioning ourselves for globalisation. The partnership board has instituted plans for the expansion of our international operations. As well as being in both the UK and the US, the plans will certainly cover Asia too."
Hanley will be replaced in London by Margaret Taylor, a senior corporate and securities partner from Sydney. She will see the office through a planned tripling in size.