Norton Rose Fulbright

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Norton Rose Fulbright
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No. of offices50+
No. of lawyers4,000
Key peoplePeter Martyr[1]
Global Chief Executive
Walied Soliman[2]
Global Chair
Date founded1794[3]
WebsiteNorton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is an international law firm. It is the second largest law firm in the United States and one of the ten largest in the world, by both lawyers and revenue. In 2017/18, Norton Rose Fulbright had total revenue of US$2.1 billion.

It has more than 4000 lawyers and other legal staff based in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East.[4]

The firm was formed by the merger of UK-based Norton Rose and US-based Fulbright & Jaworski in June 2013.[5] Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP and Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc are separate legal entities, all of which are members of Norton Rose Fulbright Verein.[citation needed]


The origin of Norton Rose dates back to 1794 when the sole practitioner Robert Charsley opened for business. In 1821, Charsley formed a partnership with William Barker, creating Charsley & Barker. Later that century, Phillip Rose (later Sir Philip Rose) joined the firm, creating Barker & Rose. In the years that followed, a new partnership between Phillip Rose and Henry Elland Norton was formed under the name Barker, Rose & Norton. By the turn of the 20th century, the firm was called Norton, Rose, Norton & Co., and had maintained its position as a powerful force in the City of London for six decades.[citation needed]

In 1960, the firm, by then re-named Norton, Rose & Co., amalgamated with specialist shipping firm Botterell & Roche (founded 1861) to form Norton, Rose, Botterell & Roche. With its expertise in shipping, the firm benefited from the growth of the international shipping market in the early 1960s, and was involved in the nationalization of British Steel and the after-arrangement of its subsidiary companies.[citation needed]

The firm continued to grow, and in 1976 established its first international office in Hong Kong, followed by Bahrain in 1979 and Singapore in 1982. By 1988, the firm had shortened its name and over the next ten years Norton Rose commenced a programme of international expansion, with the establishment of offices across Asia, Europe and the Middle East, taking the firm’s international operations to 22 offices. In 2007, Norton Rose converted to a Limited Liability Partnership.[citation needed]

With a vision to become one of the world’s top global legal brands, Norton Rose embarked on the first phase of rapid expansion when it combined with Australian firm Deacons in 2010, adding to the strength and size of the firm across the Asia-Pacific region. In early 2011, Norton Rose Australia announced an association with a firm in Indonesia.[citation needed]

By June 2011, Norton Rose had combined with Canadian law firm Ogilvy Renault and South African firm Deneys Reitz, creating a top 10 global legal practice with 38 offices and 2500 legal staff, totaling more than 5000 people worldwide. The combination was followed by the opening of new offices in Europe and Africa.[citation needed]

In January 2012, a combination with Canadian firm Macleod Dixon made Norton Rose Group one of the largest law firms in Canada.

On 3 June 2013, Norton Rose combined with Fulbright & Jaworski to become Norton Rose Fulbright, establishing a market leading presence in the United States and a global law firm with 3800 lawyers and legal staff, and a worldwide headcount of more than 7000 people.[6]

In January 2017, Norton Rose Fulbright combined with leading Vancouver firm, Bull Housser.[7]

In June 2017 Norton Rose Fulbright combined with Chadbourne & Parke, strengthening its market leading presence in the United States and growing the global firm to more than 4000 lawyers.[citation needed]

In December 2017, Norton Rose Fulbright combined with leading Australian firm, Henry Davis York.[8]

In August 2018 the High Court of Justice in London criticized Norton Rose of unfair and misleading presentation a case of the Fundo Soberano de Angola: "The breaches of duty are sufficiently serious and culpable to warrant discharging the WFO and not granting fresh relief, irrespective of the other grounds of challenge".[9]

In August 2020, Gerry Pecht was elected as Global Chief Executive.[10]


  1. ^ "Peter Martyr – Norton Rose Fulbright". nortonrosefulbright.com.
  2. ^ "Tricia Hobson – Norton Rose Fulbright". nortonrosefulbright.com.
  3. ^ "The Future of Law is bright with Norton Rose Fulbright". Archived from the original on 7 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Norton Rose Fulbright Global coverage".
  5. ^ Norton Rose, Goodwin Procter, Milbank: Business of Law, Bloomberg 3 June 2013
  6. ^ Lattman, Peter. "Fulbright and Norton Rose to Combine in Latest Law Firm Mega Merger". DealBook. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Our history". Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Norton Rose Fulbright's merger with Aussie law firm Henry Davis York given go-ahead following successful partner vote". Legal Cheek. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Quantum Global scores another victory in its dispute with Angola sovereign wealth fund". Ventures Africa. 16 August 2018. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Norton Rose Fulbright Names Pecht as Global Head of Dispute Resolution and Litigation". www.businesswire.com. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2020.