Norton Rose Fulbright

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Norton Rose Fulbright
Norton Rose Fulbright logo.svg
No. of offices50+[1]
No. of lawyers3500+[1]
Key peopleGerry Pecht[2]
Global Chief Executive
Farmida Bi
Global Chair[3]
Date founded1794[4][unreliable source?]
WebsiteNorton Rose Fulbright
The Norton Rose Fulbright offices in Austin, Texas.

Norton Rose Fulbright is a British-American multinational 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 3,500 lawyers and other legal staff based in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East.[1]

The firm was formed in 2013 by the merger of the British law firm Norton Rose and the American law firm Fulbright & Jaworski.[5] The size and reach (3,800 lawyers and over 50 offices) of the firm following the merger have been maintained through to the present day.[5]


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 renamed 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]

Norton Rose embarked on the first phase of a 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]

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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, totalling 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.[6]

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.[7]

In January 2014, Norton Rose Fulbright signed a deal with McLaren as a corporate partner and as a global legal advisor to the McLaren Group for 5 years.[8][9]

Announced in September 2016, the firm combined with the 126 year old Vancouver firm Bull Housser in January 2017, a move considered indicative of both legal firm globalization and the emergence of British Columbia as a legal international hub, as well as being a strategic move by the firm to enter the Vancouver market and effectively complete the firm's Canadian footprint.[10][11] At the time of the merger announcement, Bull Housser (aka Bull, Housser & Tupper LLC) had about 90 lawyers on staff.[11]

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.[12]

In August 2020, Gerry Pecht was elected as Global Chief Executive.[13]


  1. ^ a b c "Global coverage". Norton Rose Fullbright. 2022. Retrieved 15 September 2022.[self-published source]
  2. ^ "Gerry Pecht". Norton Rose Fulbright. 2022. Retrieved 15 September 2022.[self-published source]
  3. ^ "Farmida Bi". Norton Rose Fulbright. 2022. Retrieved 15 September 2022.[self-published source]
  4. ^ "The Future of Law is bright with Norton Rose Fulbright" (Blog post). Archived from the original on 7 October 2015.
  5. ^ a b Amon, Elizabeth (4 June 2013). "Norton Rose, Goodwin Procter, Milbank: Business of Law". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 15 September 2022.
  6. ^ Melnitzer, Julius (4 January 2012). "Macleod Dixon, Norton Rose officially merge". Financial Post. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  7. ^ Lattman, Peter (14 November 2012). "Fulbright and Norton Rose to Combine in Latest Law Firm Mega Merger". DealBook. The New York Times. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Norton Rose Fulbright forms unique corporate partnership with McLaren Formula 1". Inside the MTC. McLaren Racing. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2022.
  9. ^ "Norton Rose Fulbright and McLaren-Honda continue unique global partnership". Partners. McLaren Racing. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 16 September 2022.
  10. ^ "Our history". Notron Rose Fulbright. 26 October 2021. Retrieved 16 September 2022.[self-published source]
  11. ^ a b Fumano, Dan (13 September 2016). "Vancouver's Bull Housser law firm unites with U.K. giant". Vancouver Sun. pp. C1. Retrieved 16 September 2022 – via
  12. ^ Connelly, Thomas (13 June 2017). "Norton Rose Fulbright's merger with Aussie law firm Henry Davis York given go-ahead following successful partner vote". Legal Cheek. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  13. ^ "Norton Rose Fulbright Names Pecht as Global Head of Dispute Resolution and Litigation" (Press release). Norton Rose Fulbright. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2020 – via BusinessWire.[self-published source]

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