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Lee Carroll Joins White & Case as a Partner in Melbourne

Global law firm White & Case LLP has expanded its Global International Arbitration Practice with the addition of Lee Carroll as a partner in Melbourne.

"As our international arbitration work is increasing in the Asia-Pacific region, it has been clear that we needed to add to our group in Australia, which is one of the world’s largest infrastructure project markets," said White & Case partner Abby Cohen Smutny, Head of the Global International Arbitration Practice. "We are excited to welcome Lee Carroll to our team as she will enhance our market-leading construction dispute capability in the region."

Carroll has practised in London, Paris and Australia and advises clients in arbitrations conducted under the International Chamber of Commerce, the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, as well as under a number of other arbitration chambers and rules. She has extensive experience in the conduct of construction and infrastructure disputes. She also regularly advises domestic and international clients in drafting arbitration clauses, as well as advising on the potential enforcement of Bilateral Investment Treaties and corporate structuring with a view to optimising investment protection. Carroll joins White & Case from Corrs Chambers Westgarth, a leading Australian law firm involved in construction disputes, and was previously a Law Clerk to the Honourable Justice Hayne AC QC at the High Court of Australia.

"Lee is an exceptional international arbitration lawyer with considerable experience acting on large scale infrastructure disputes using a wide variety of dispute processes," said White & Case partner Andrew Clark, Regional Section Head Asia-Pacific EIPAF & Disputes. "Having such an exceptional disputes partner on-the-ground in Melbourne is essential to ensure we best serve clients in and around the capital city of Australia’s second-largest domestic economy."

Partner Donald Baker, a member of White & Case's global Executive Committee, said: "Lee’s arrival follows the addition in Sydney of disputes partners Brad Strahorn in 2018 and Kate Perumal in 2020 and helps us further meet our objective to offer a true end-to-end service to our clients in the energy, resources and infrastructure sectors in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Lee’s depth of experience, coupled with the expertise of Brad and Kate, puts us in the best possible position to grow our role supporting infrastructure clients at every stage of their projects."

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