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Pacific Legal Network expands reach with three new affiliate law firms

15 September 2020 Communications & PR Executive Gavin Lower e: gavin.lower@mk.com.au d: 03 9208 9891 m: 0414 796 726
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Australian legal and business advisory group Pacific Legal Network has significantly expanded its reach in the Pacific with three firms in three countries joining as affiliates.

PLN is a national practice group of Macpherson Kelley.

New Zealand firm Cavell Leitch, John Peter Munnell Lawyers in Papua New Guinea and Reeder & Simpson P.C. from the Marshall Islands have all joined the network in the past three months.

With affiliate law firms in almost every country in the Pacific, PLN is able to offer seamless legal support for Australian and international companies already doing business or seeking to expand into the region.

PLN founder John Ridgway says that with a growing population, significant natural resources and attractive tourism assets, Pacific nations are increasingly seen as opportunities for investment.

“Our affiliate law firms give clients access to local lawyers we know and trust to navigate the unique legal and regulatory landscapes clients encounter in that region. We are the only legal services network operating across this region,” John said.

PLN often works with companies engaged in commercial deals, mergers and acquisitions and regulatory issues. Key areas that are seeing significant work include financial services, telecommunications and infrastructure.

“Impact investment services and initiatives that counter the impact of climate change are two of the real game-changer areas of law that have taken shape in the Pacific over recent years,” John said.

He said that despite the global economic slowdown caused by COVID-19, economic activity across the PLN affiliates has remained strong.

“The region has a young population and governments are wanting to provide what they see people in first world countries have – from access to the internet to renewable energy. PLN is presently involved in a number of exciting projects involving mobile telephone roll-outs and hydro, energy-to-waste and solar initiatives. Given the importance of the impact of climate change on the Islands, we are particularly happy to be involved in so many renewable energy projects across the region.”

A key to working in the Pacific includes managing client expectations and finding innovative ways of dealing with gaps in local laws which have not managed to keep up to speed with global technological changes.

“By using our affiliate law firms, clients get access to the best local experience and critical know how,” John said.

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Pacific Legal Network expands reach with three new affiliate law firms

15 September 2020 Gavin Lower e: gavin.lower@mk.com.au d: 03 9208 9891 m: 0414 796 726

Australian legal and business advisory group Pacific Legal Network has significantly expanded its reach in the Pacific with three firms in three countries joining as affiliates.

PLN is a national practice group of Macpherson Kelley.

New Zealand firm Cavell Leitch, John Peter Munnell Lawyers in Papua New Guinea and Reeder & Simpson P.C. from the Marshall Islands have all joined the network in the past three months.

With affiliate law firms in almost every country in the Pacific, PLN is able to offer seamless legal support for Australian and international companies already doing business or seeking to expand into the region.

PLN founder John Ridgway says that with a growing population, significant natural resources and attractive tourism assets, Pacific nations are increasingly seen as opportunities for investment.

“Our affiliate law firms give clients access to local lawyers we know and trust to navigate the unique legal and regulatory landscapes clients encounter in that region. We are the only legal services network operating across this region,” John said.

PLN often works with companies engaged in commercial deals, mergers and acquisitions and regulatory issues. Key areas that are seeing significant work include financial services, telecommunications and infrastructure.

“Impact investment services and initiatives that counter the impact of climate change are two of the real game-changer areas of law that have taken shape in the Pacific over recent years,” John said.

He said that despite the global economic slowdown caused by COVID-19, economic activity across the PLN affiliates has remained strong.

“The region has a young population and governments are wanting to provide what they see people in first world countries have – from access to the internet to renewable energy. PLN is presently involved in a number of exciting projects involving mobile telephone roll-outs and hydro, energy-to-waste and solar initiatives. Given the importance of the impact of climate change on the Islands, we are particularly happy to be involved in so many renewable energy projects across the region.”

A key to working in the Pacific includes managing client expectations and finding innovative ways of dealing with gaps in local laws which have not managed to keep up to speed with global technological changes.

“By using our affiliate law firms, clients get access to the best local experience and critical know how,” John said.