Former Norton Rose China chief joins PRC start-up firm

Former Norton Rose Fulbright Beijing head and long-serving real estate partner Peter Burrows has joined newly established Beijing firm DaHui Lawyers.

Burrows has joined Beijing-based Chinese firm DaHui as senior consultant. He will work closely with the firm’s partners to shape the firm’s management, business and strategy, as well as improve internal control and compliance processes. 

Burrows joined legacy Norton Rose in 1987 and became a partner in1989. He relocated to Beijing in 2008 to manage the firm’s Beijing and Shanghai offices from London, where he was the head of real estate practice (14 April 2009). He retired from the firm’s partnership at the end of September 2013.

From January 2011 to April 2013, he took on additional responsibility as the head of Norton Rose’s Moscow office, while remained as the head of the firm’s China practice (1 February 2011). Prior to his retirement, he was the Beijing head of Norton Rose Fulbright.

“In addition to his considerable expertise, Peter will bring a wealth of firm management experience and a thorough knowledge of international best practices to DaHui Lawyers,” said DaHui’s managing partner Richard Ma.

The Chinese firm was founded at the beginning of this year by a team of partners and lawyers from established TMT and employment firm TransAsia in Beijing. It currently has six partners and 20 other fee-earners. Apart from Burrows, there are two US lawyers working at the firm as associates, Jonathan Pfister and Louis Savage.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Beijing office is now overseen by Hong Kong-based partner and head of North Asia Phillip John. The Shanghai office is headed by corporate partner Justin Wilson.

A spokesperson at Norton Rose Fulbright said: ”We confirm that Peter retired from the practice on September 30 and would like to thank him for his contribution to the practice and to wish him all the best for the future.”