Corrs has announced the promotion of four new partners.

Bruce Adkins – Energy & Resources, Brisbane

Joseph Barbaro – Construction, Melbourne

Spencer Flay – Construction, Perth

Jeremy Horwood – Corporate Advisory, Brisbane

These appointments are effective from 1 July 2010.

Corrs Partner and CEO John Denton congratulated the new partners and said: “The promotions recognise our new partners for the consistent excellence of their work and the outstanding results they achieve for their clients.

As the firm embarks on its 2015 strategy of service innovation and targeted growth, we are committed to developing and promoting outstanding lawyers such as Bruce, Joe, Spencer and Jeremy to the partnership”.

Corrs has now appointed ten new partners in 2010. This includes five internal promotions with Mark McCowan (Competition & Regulatory, Melbourne) promoted to the partnership earlier this year.

Bruce Adkins – Energy & Resources, Brisbane

Bruce specialises in mining, oil and gas, transport, infrastructure and major projects, with particular expertise in non-regulated M&A (asset sales and sales of non-listed companies) and the development of new rail infrastructure. He has extensive experience in joint ventures. Bruce has advised on a range of major projects, including the Queensland Rail and Babcock & Brown $1.3 billion joint acquisition of Australian Railroad Group, the Goonyella - Abbot Point railway project and the Adelaide Desalination Project. Bruce has also advised on multi-billion dollar coal and electricity supply contracts, as well as water supply and road and rail haulage contracts.

Joseph Barbaro – Construction, Melbourne

Joe specialises in building and construction law and the delivery of major projects, as well as engineering and construction related dispute resolution. He has expertise across a range of industries including the property, oil and gas, utilities and infrastructure sectors. He provides government and commercial clients services through all phases of project delivery, including tendering, negotiating and documenting agreements, as well as contract claims and dispute resolution advice and representation. Joe’s recent lead roles include advising on the delivery of the Adelaide Desalination Project, as well as Public Private Partnership projects including the Victorian Desalination Project. Joe has also advised on the resolution of large scale building, engineering and related disputes, including commercial arbitrations and expert determinations.

Spencer Flay – Construction, Perth

Spencer is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer with broad ranging experience across construction and energy and resources disputes, including large civil and mining construction projects. Spencer’s experience includes advising clients on a wide range of construction issues with particular specialisation in engineering and design defect cases. He has represented clients in mediation, adjudication, arbitration and litigation in Australia, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Jordan. Spencer has previously worked for London firms Mayer Brown LLP and Hanna & Mould Solicitors. His clients include BGC (Australia) Pty Ltd, Fleetwood Corporation Limited, Macmahon, Thiess, Woodside, Probuild, Clough and MCC Mining.

Jeremy Horwood – Corporate Advisory, Brisbane

Jeremy specialises in public takeovers and schemes of arrangement, IPOs and other equity capital markets advice (including rights issues and placements), private share and business sales (including private equity transactions), ASX Listing Rules advice and corporate governance, with more than 10 years’ experience in Australia and the UK. He also has significant experience assisting clients in relation to transactions in PNG. Jeremy has recently advised Macarthur Coal Limited in relation to its takeover offer for Gloucester Coal Limited, and on the subsequent change of control proposals from Peabody Energy Corporation and New Hope Corporation Limited. Jeremy was also a senior member of the team that advised Suncorp-Metway Limited on its $900 million accelerated rights issue and associated $390 million placement in 2009.


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