Norton Rose Fulbright Australia has lost an experienced construction and projects partner with the retirement of Melbourne-based Grant Ahearn, who worked at the firm for nearly four decades.
Ahearn had been with the firm and its predecessor, specialist construction firm Deacons, since 1985 and is the latest of several partners to have left the construction and projects practice. His LinkedIn profile states he is now self-employed and “on sabbatical until end of November.”
A spokesperson for Norton Rose Fulbright said Ahearn retired from the practice last month “after a long and successful career with the firm.”
“It was a planned retirement with a long lead time allowed to transition his practice. He is not joining another law firm and is now taking a well-earned break,” the firm said in a statement.
“He leaves as a strong friend of the firm and we are exploring how we might be able to benefit from his substantial experience and knowledge of the firm in the future,” the firm said.
Several construction partners have left Norton Rose Fulbright, in particular for Pinsent Masons, which has built up its infrastructure practice in Australia. Mark Waddell and James Morgan-Payler left in 2019, and Phillipa Beck and Deanne Ogilvie made the move in 2020.
In February, White & Case poached Norton Rose Fulbright project development partner Joanne Emerson Taqi for its Sydney office, and in March, Ashurst hired three partners from the firm to bolster its energy and resources practice in Perth.
Ahearn did not respond to requests for comment.