Ashurst is extending its commitment to staff affected by domestic violence, a policy started in Australia two years ago.
The global firm offers an additional five days of paid leave entitlements to staff members who are, or whose immediate family members are, a victim of domestic or family violence and are required to confidentially take time off work for medical, legal and counselling reasons.
The firm will ensure that human resources staff are given additional training so they can identify those affected and give appropriate support.
"The scope of violence against women is vast and varied, and includes domestic and family violence, sexual violence, sexual harassment and cyber-bullying. At the heart of all forms of physical and sexual violence is gender inequality and discrimination, which violate the fundamental human rights of women,” said global managing partner Paul Jenkins.
Real estate lawyer returns to NRF in Melbourne
Norton Rose Fulbright is welcoming back real estate lawyer Adrian Jones who returns to the firm as a partner in Melbourne.
Jones began his career at the firm in 2005 and became a senior associate in 2012 before embarking on international roles including four years in Abu Dhabi. His most recent role was at student accommodation company Scape Australia as in-house counsel.
“Norton Rose Fulbright has had a hugely positive impact on my career and professional growth, from my start as a lawyer, then as a senior associate, and now returning as a partner. I look forward to working closely with our real estate, energy and transport clients in Australia and overseas,” said Jones.
Wayne Spanner, Norton Rose Fulbright managing partner in Australia added that Jones’ mix of international and in-house experience will be of great value to the growing real estate practice in Melbourne.
Southeast Asia projects specialist promoted
Herbert Smith Freehills projects specialist Mark Veitch has been promoted to Of Counsel with immediate effect.
The Singapore-based lawyer advises on projects and construction law across Southeast Asia and the wider region.
"Mark's promotion reflects the senior role he plays in advising clients and winning work in this important area," said Asia Managing Partner Justin D'Agostino. "It's a priority for our private and public sector clients alike, and Mark's skills are in strong demand."