Norton Rose signs tie-up with Australia's Deacons

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  • Re "Jimmy: "do not presume that all posters are lawyers, especially English ones".... whether you're English or a lawyer (though that's a pretty reasonable assumption given this is a legal publication) doesn't really matter because there is one thing that is pretty clear - you're a tool mate.

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  • Don't ya just love riling the Aussies...bring on the Ashes!

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  • Did you make that definition up? I only ask because:

    a) it mispells 'oneself'; and
    b) misuses a self-reflexive pronoun.

    A good tip for writing definitions is to imagine that the definition simply replaces the defined term:

    e.g. "coherent sentences" becomes "sentences of which all the parts are consistent, and hang well together"

    as opposed to: "able to make oneself understood sentences" or "sentences able to make oneself understood"



    Or it must just be from the macquarie dictionary...

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  • and yes, clearly "mispell" should be "misspell".

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  • Nice to see interesting article on NR/Deacons (Australia) tie-up has degenerated into dull Aussie baiting. Impossible to stereotype Aussies let alone Aussie lawyers. If you're English and you think you're better than please post your name and firm and let the market decide. No doubt your entry in the Legal 500 already says how good you are....

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  • Intrigued to read above the Eng v Aus banter (an upcoming Test series will answer that question for the next couple of years) that NR and Deacons have expertise in India and therefore this is a sound strategic merger.

    Can anyone provide examples/links to verify this claim? My Perth-based mates thought that Deacons' main client was Bankwest - and the work disappeared following HBOS merger.

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  • Rick 12.28 pm
    Deacons is the most well known Australian law firm in India (surprisingly more popular than Freehills.) No one has heard of mallesons. Norton Rose has set up a thriving practice comprised of Indian lawyers in Singapore and the combined entity will be able to offer Australian expertise (which is same as UK expertise in many areas) at a lower cost than London rates. Also more Austrlian partners are willing to shift to Singapore (and later to Mumbai/Delhi) than UK partners. Remember India is a cost sensitive market.
    Imagine a Linklaters UK partner and an Australian parner both having Oil and gas experience bid for Indian work. Guess who is in a better position to win beacuse of lower rates?

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  • going back a few e-mails ... who's Holman Fenwick Willan? I don't suppose Norton Rose and Deacons stand a chance against them with a 3 year headstart.

    [as a Kenyan - aren't the Aussies and English pretty much one in the same?]

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  • This is The Lawyer, fellows, not Above the Law or Roll on Friday. Save the Aussie-baiting and the anally-retentive concentrating on typos for some gossip chat board.

    The NR / Deacons move is a smart one -- and if you read the press releases closely, it is not a merger. It is a way for both firms to go after the Asian market in a unified manner, taking advantage of NR's global client base and Deacons' regional client base and its local talent (most of the NR Asian offices are still "little corners of England"; Deacons has the lawyers with the requisite Asian experience and linguistic skills). If it is well managed, both firms will come out winners.

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  • seems pretty clear to me - you blokes dont have anything to do.

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  • Norton Rose's footprint in Asia is as big as any of the international firms. They've also had presence on the ground in Asia for over 30 years (including a tie up at one time with Johnson Stokes & Masters in HK). Without the Deacon's HK office I'm not sure it would be right to say Deacon's brings the requisite Asian experience to the relationship, although I'm sure their experience will complement one another.

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