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HFW hires new construction partner

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Global law firm HFW has hired Michael Debney as the firm’s newest construction partner and will advise contractors, financiers, and owners on aspects of project development and implementation.

He previously spent more than a decade in industry in senior legal and commercial roles, in Australia, England and the Middle East.

The move follows HFW’s recruitment in Sydney of construction disputes expert Jo Delaney and a construction team led by senior partner Antony Riordan. HFW now has a global construction team of more than 70 lawyers across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

HFW Australia’s Managing Partner Gavin Vallely said the expansion of the construction practice is a key element of HFW’s growth strategy in Australia.

“Michael joins a team of more than 30 lawyers in Australia specialising in construction and projects, and we will actively pursue opportunities to further strengthen our offering to clients in this sector, as part of our ambitious plans for continued growth across our sectors and services in Australia.”

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HFW Global Head of Construction Carolyn Chudleigh said Debney’s experience in both front- and back-end construction, as well as on largescale projects, is second-to-none,

“In particular, his arrival really strengthens our front-end construction offering in Australia and Asia-Pacific, where we see a lot of demand from clients across a wide range of industries, including road, rail and port infrastructure, energy and renewable infrastructure, and general commercial construction. We are very excited to welcome Michael to HFW,” Chudleigh said.

Debney has worked on some of the world’s largest infrastructure projects, including the AUS$4 billion Sydney Trains PPP, as well as many of Australia’s most innovative projects, such as the development of AGL’s grid forming battery storage system and TasNetworks’ AUS$3.5 billion Marinus Link subsea interconnector.

He previously held senior in-house roles for the Downer Group in Australia, and also has experience of construction disputes.

Debney said HFW’s globally-recognised construction industry expertise is perfectly aligned with his practice.

“I am very excited about joining the HFW team and contributing to the growth of the practice in the region.”

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