Alison Deitz will be the first woman to lead global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright in Australia, after being named as its next managing partner, effective July 1 2020.
Deitz has been a law firm partner since 1998, and currently leads the firm’s Australian business law practice group.
She’s been described as being committed to serving clients and developing the firm’s people, by Norton Rose Fulbright’s global chief executive Peter Martyr.
“This makes her an excellent fit to lead our growth and success in Australia, building on Wayne’s many accomplishments as Australia’s managing partner,” he said.
Deitz’s appointment comes as the Australian Financial Review has revealed today that the rate of female appointments in law firms across Australia has gone backwards.
Just 30.7 per cent of the 114 new partners appointed during the latest partnership rounds are female, according to the AFR’s survey. It’s the worst result in three years, and is down from 43 per cent in the July appointment cycle.
The AFR projects that in January 2020, 28.82 per cent of law firm partners will be female — a tiny increase from the July period, which was reported as 28.46 per cent.
Deitz will succeed Wayne Spanner in the role.
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