, who joins from K&L Gates and was formerly the head of Gilbert + Tobin's real estate group, has extensive experience in property developments, infrastructure transactions, acquisitions, disposals and leasing. She has more than 18 years' experience working for corporate and government real estate clients and is consistently ranked as one of Australia's leading real estate partners by Chambers Asia-Pacific. In addition to practicing, Diane was formerly an associate professor of law at the University of Sydney where she lectured in property law, conveyancing and equity.
Head of the Asia Pacific Real Estate group, Damian Salsbury, commented: "Diane is a well-respected real estate practitioner and a leading authority in property law. Her outstanding reputation will assist in further boosting our market leading expertise. We look forward to welcoming her to the team."
Diane added: "Ashurst's real estate practice is able to offer its clients a unique multi-disciplinary capability, both nationally and internationally. I look forward to contributing to the practice's growth as part of a collaborative global team."
The appointment follows the promotion of Nicolas Deuerling
to a partner in the real estate practice in Frankfurt of April 2017.
Ashurst's market-leading real estate team operates at the heart of the industry worldwide and advises on all aspects of real estate activity including high profile acquisitions and divestments, large scale regeneration and development schemes, real estate finance, funds, joint ventures, construction and planning advice. Its multi-jurisdictional capability, local knowledge and depth of technical expertise enables Ashurst to deliver a responsive, efficient and tailored service for real estate transactions across the world.