Holman Fenwick & Willan is opening an office in Melbourne, Australia with raids on the transport groups of Middletons and Blake Dawson Waldron.
Middletons partners Robert Springall, Gavin Vallely and David Roylance, together with Blake Dawson partner Chris Quennell, will join Holman Fenwick in March 2006.
The four are all maritime specialists with experience in a range of shipping and trade law.
Managing partner Greg Gray said that opening in Australia was a logical step which would add to Holman Fenwick’s offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai.
The news comes just weeks after the firm announced it was taking over the three-partner Dubai office of UK rival Hill Taylor Dickinson.