Corrs’ Melbourne head quits for HWL Ebsworth

Australian firm HWL Ebsworth has boosted its partnership with four lateral hires including the partner in charge of Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s Melbourne office, Andrew Pitney.

Pitney is a construction and infrastructure lawyer whose recent deal highlights include advising on the country’s A$36.5bn National Broadband Network, the A$1.7bn Adelaide Desalination Plant and the A$2.5bn Eastlink tollway project in Melbourne.

He is one of a group of partners to have recently left Corrs to join other firms. Prior to Pitney’s departure, three of the firm’s corporate partners in Sydney joined Johnson Winter & Slattery (2 April 2013) and another three partners moved to Norton Rose’s Sydney office (7 March 2013).

The other three new partners join HWL Ebsworth from rival Australian firm Herbert Geer’s Sydney office. Paul Deschamps, Alex Robinson and Andrew Buchanan have joined as partners, bringing with them a team of 14. They are all in the building, construction and property practice.

Following the appointments, HWL Ebsworth has 147 partners and 319 other legal staff in five locations – Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Norwest (Western Sydney) and Sydney.
HWL Ebsworth is one of Australia’s fastest-growing firms. In July 2010 the firm had 111 partners and its turnover for the 2009/10 financial year was A$108m ($70m). At the end of June 2012, its turnover jumped by 30 per cent to A$140m (17 September 2012).