Norton Rose appoints first woman global chairperson


Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed Sydney-based Tricia Hobson as its first female global chair.

Hobson will take up the firm’s ambassadorial posting in January for one year, replacing Stephen Parish. Parish’s term expires this month but he will continue as chair of the firm in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Hobson, currently Australian chair, is a litigation partner specializing in class actions in the insurance sector.

She will focus on fostering the global firm’s cross-border collaboration, innovation and client relationship development in her new role, the firm said in a statement. She will also be responsible for promoting global diversity and inclusion initiatives.

“The appointment of Tricia Hobson to the role of global chair demonstrates the importance of the Asia-Pacific region to the development of our global business,” said Norton Rose’s Global chief executive, Petyer Martyr.

“Tricia’s knowledge and extensive experience of working within the global insurance industry will be invaluable as we look to grow our practice.”

Hobson said she was honoured to be the first female partner appointed to the global chair role.

Hobson is a leading Australian class action lawyer accountable for leadership, strategy and negotiations for three of the largest class actions in Australia.

She advises both Australian and London insurers on complex coverage disputes, and also acts as lead defence counsel on class actions and difficult/multi-party litigations, predominantly in the practice areas of financial services and construction.