Lawyers step up to help Hurricane Florence victims

by Steve Randall14 Sep 2018

Lawyers are mobilizing in the US to help those affected by Hurricane Florence.

The American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division began working with the US government’s emergency management agency FEMA last week in preparation for the expected devastation on the east coast of the US.

The help plan includes telephone hotlines to connect with lawyers. This builds on the 178 declared disasters in 44 states that the ABA YLD has responded to since 2007.

ABA Bob Carlson said the immediate thoughts is for all those in the hurricane’s path to be safe and secure.

“Once the storm passes and the damage can be assessed, the ABA, through its network of volunteers, stands ready to assist those affected by the hurricane with any of the legal needs that so often arise after these natural disasters,” he said.

Herbert Smith Freehills help to sell the ‘National Assets’
A portfolio of assets held by AGL Energy Limited has been sold with the help of a team from Herbert Smith Freehills.

The assets, known by AGL as the ‘National Assets’ comprise landfill gas, biogas and biomass generation and cogeneration in addition to compressed natural gas refuelling. They are in 18 separate locations across Australia.

The HSF team was led by partner Nick Baker in Melbourne and Perth-based global head of energy Robert Merrick.

It included Peter Davis and peter Briggs in Sydney, Michael Voros in Perth, and William Oxby in Brisbane.

Litigator joins Quinn Emmanuel to strengthen China team
Xiao Liu has joined Quinn Emmanuel in Shanghai as a litigation partner.

He represents Chinese companies and citizens in U.S. government regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, as well as foreign companies who have come to the attention of Chinese regulators as liaison counsel.

“We think Xiao is the leading international litigator of his generation in China and that his experience in the commercial litigation and government enforcement arenas, as well as his sterling academic credentials, make him unique among lawyers practicing in China today,” commented managing partner John B. Quinn.