Norton Rose Fulbright announced its appointment of Ms Tricia Hobson, Australian chair and head of insurance for Asia Pacific, as 2018 global vice chair. She will replace previous appointee Mr Stephen Parish, who will continue on in his role as chair of Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
The announcement comes in the same month that the firm completed its merger with Australian firm Henry Davis York, making it the second largest international firm in Australia, and in the top five firms overall in the country.
Ms Hobson’s new role is an ambassadorial and leadership position, lasting one year, effective 1 January, focused on innovation, cross-border collaboration and client relationship development while promoting inclusion and diversity.
Ms Hobson will take on the responsibility in addition to her other activities at the firm, which include co-heading the national cyber insurance incidence response practice and acting as a partner in the insurance practice, advising both local and London insurers on coverage disputes and working on multi-party litigation as well as class actions, with a particular focus on financial services and construction.
She has handled a variety of issues regarding regulatory compliance, director and board matters, directors and officers’ disputes and professional indemnity and regulatory matters, including Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) related actions.
Before joining Norton Rose Fulbright in 2007, Hobson spent ten years as senior partner in the insurance practice at Ebsworth & Ebsworth in Sydney, prior to which she spent three years as an associate at Minter Ellison.