Squire Patton Boggs grows Australia employment team
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Squire Patton Boggs in Sydney has secured a three-strong team of employment lawyers from Australian firm McCabe Curwood.

Formerly the leader of McCabe Curwood’s employment practice, Nicola Martin began her career in the UK with legacy firm McGrigors and Brodies before spending almost 13 years at Norton Rose Fulbright.

Martin has a particular focus on discrimination, bullying and harassment issues, as well as designing HR and IR strategies and supporting management and boards. Joining her are Erin Kidd and Elisa Blakers, as director and associate respectively.

I am excited to be joining a collaborative and agile firm,” said Martin. “Last year was exceptional for employers across the globe and 2021 is shaping up to offer its own challenges.

“We are very much looking forward to supporting Squire Patton Boggs’ clients through these challenging times and beyond with on-the-pulse support.”

Caroline Noblet, Squire Patton Boggs’ global co-chair for labour and employment, said: Nicola’s passion for delivering effective solutions to clients is matched by her technical abilities and both make her a good fit for our integrated global employment practice.”

Campbell Davidson, Australian managing partner, said: We are very pleased to have Nicola and her team join us at a time when employment-related issues are front and centre for most businesses and organisations. Nicola’s expertise will be highly valued by our clients based in Australia and around the world.”

In other employment law-related news from the firm, January saw Squire Patton Boggs launch a new app, SPB: Actualité en Droit Social”, designed to help businesses keep up to date with developments in French employment law.

Jean-Sébastien Lipski, a senior associate in Paris who devised the app, said: Our app notifies users of developments in French employment law in real time, providing up-to-the-minute information on legislative changes, administrative decisions, or case law.

“Users can tailor their news updates by selecting topics that are of particular interest or most relevant to them, and with its intuitive search, the app is simple to use, delivering incisive and timely information.”

Global co-chair Noblet added:Unlike the common law system where much relies on the role of precedent, French labour law involves a complex and constantly evolving tapestry of legislation and regulations, administrative positions and case law.

“Navigating and understanding the French legal environment is no simple task, especially in these times when French labour law is a moving target and not necessarily a reassuring constant.

This app is one of a number of innovations we have launched, which include our award-winning employment law information portal, Global Edge, to help provide companies with accessible, current and consistent information, helping them save time and reduce legal costs.”