Richard joins DWF from the Sydney office of international firm HFW where he was an equity partner leading a team of specialist real estate lawyers.
Mark Hickey, Chairman of DWF Asia Pacific, said: “Richard is very well-regarded and I'm pleased to welcome him to DWF during this prolonged period of growth and expansion. With strong client relationships and international experience, we're confident that Richard adds significant bench-strength to our corporate and commercial team. Richard is appointed as Head of the Real Estate sector in Australia, and I look forward to growing this sector with him".
At DWF, Richard will continue to specialise in high end, complex property transactions, applying his in-depth understanding of the commercial property sector together with more than 25 years' experience in transaction structuring, joint ventures, acquisitions and disposals, development, investment and capital raising.
Prior to HFW, Richard spent 13 years at Holding Redlich, where he was an equity partner with responsibility for management of the property team and major capital transactions. Before Holding Redlich, Richard was a Senior Associate at Mallesons Stephens Jaques.
Richard Abbott said: “I’m delighted to join a dynamic global firm that's truly committed to the growth of its people and the advancement of its clients".
Richard's Australian property law expertise has previously been recognised by Legal 500 Australia, Who's Who Legal 2018 and Doyle's Guide.
Richard's appointment, along with the 16 hires from McDonald Johnson Lawyers, brings the total number of employees to over 180 across DWF's four locations, (Brisbane, Melbourne, Newcastle and Sydney).