NRF welcomes back property expert as partner in Melbourne

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Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has welcomed back a property expert as a partner in Melbourne.

Adrian Jones has joined the global law firm’s real estate team, bringing to the firm local and international private-practice and in-house experience. He began his legal career with NRF in Australia in 2005. He moved to Clyde & Co in the United Arab Emirates in 2008 and was seconded to the Abu Dhabi Airports Company in 2010.

He moved back to NRF as a senior associate in 2012 and acted for some of Australia’s biggest developers and property investors, including Investa, The GPT Group and McDonald’s Australia. He departed for Herbert Smith Freehills in 2015, joining the international firm’s finance, real estate, and projects group. He was most recently general counsel in Australia for international student-accommodation company Scape.

Jones’ extensive experience includes working on matters related to commercial, residential, student accommodation, wind and solar, and airport properties. He is also experienced in acquisition and development of sites, management of real estate funds, and negotiation of construction contracts and disputes.

“Our firm has recently acted on a number of significant solar and wind-farm matters, and Adrian’s appointment will further increase the depth of our expertise in the energy, transport and student-accommodation sectors generally and help service our growing real estate practice in Melbourne,” said Wayne Spanner, NRF managing partner in Australia.

He said that Jones’ mix of international and in-house experience will be valuable to the firm’s clients.

“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,” Jones said.

The firm most recently boosted its Australian risk advisory team with the appointment of three senior advisers. The firm also recently welcomed the former Melbourne corporate head and another partner of a global law firm, four partners from two rival firms, and an international firm’s Perth managing partner and global mining co-head.