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HFW extends energy capability in Australia

Leading international law firm Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) is delighted to announce that Simon Adams and Caroline Brown will join the firm's Perth office as Partners, effective February 2014.

Simon and Caroline are highly regarded practitioners within the Australian energy market, both working on state and federal matters for a range of sector stakeholders, covering corporate and commercial law, as well as regulation and dispute resolution.

Simon is particularly well known for commercial and competition law within the energy sector, and has been involved in drafting and negotiating the gas transport arrangements for two of West Australia's most important natural gas pipelines – Dampier to Bunbury and the Parmelia pipelines. Simon has also been involved in drafting key pieces of West Australian legislation for regulation of the electricity industry, including in relation to the recent merger of Verve Energy and Synergy, two state owned electricity businesses.

Caroline specialises in competition and regulatory law, particularly in relation to energy and resources infrastructure. She has been involved in providing advice on issues relating to gas, electricity, rail and water regulation, and has advised on corporate and commercial matters for a range of energy projects, including offshore energy work.

Gavin Vallely, Managing Partner of the firm's Australian offices commented: "We are delighted to welcome Simon and Caroline to the Partnership. They both have outstanding reputations for the work they do in the energy sector, and we see significant opportunities to grow this area of our practice across Australia and regionally, with the help of their experience and existing relationships."

Richard Crump, HFW's Senior Partner said: "I am delighted that Simon and Caroline have chosen to continue their career with our energy team here at HFW. They join at an exciting time of growth for this area of our practice, both in Australia and internationally, and their experience and reputation will serve to give us a stronger foothold in what is an already burgeoning sector for the firm."

Simon and Caroline join the firm from Lavans.

For further information, please contact Tania Phayre, Head of Marketing Communications, on +44 (0)20 7264 8546, or email tania.phayre@hfw.com.

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