Corrs Chambers Westgarth has added Allan Mana, one of Papua New Guinea’s top litigators and advocates, as partner in Port Moresby, PNG. Set to lead the firm’s PNG litigation practice, Mana’s experience spans a broad range of commercial litigation work for major corporates and financial institutions. He also represents clients in alternative dispute resolution, such as mediations, expert determinations and arbitrations. He has advised on some of the most significant PNG and cross-border litigation in the country’s history, for some of the world’s most significant resources clients, as well as guiding domestic and international financial services corporates in their litigation matters. Clients have included ExxonMobil, Newcrest, Bank of South Pacific and Westpac PNG, Ok Tedi Mining and QBE and American Home Assurance. Currently serving his third term on the Council of the PNG Law Society, Mana is a former Secretary of the PNG Commercial Disputes Centre. He also served on a judicial committee responsible for introducing changes to the PNG Court Rules to formally incorporate alternative dispute resolution mechanisms into the rules.
Gadens has added Donna Bartlett as a partner in its intellectual property and technology team in Sydney. Barlett brings extensive expertise in technology and intellectual property law, outsourced services, government contracting and procurement, and aviation. She brings a depth of knowledge and experience to all aspects of the business life-cycle, advising on set-up and structuring and intellectual property strategy, protection, commercialisation and acquisition. Her technology practice is focused on advising technology suppliers and acquirers on a broad range of technology-related transactions, from proposal preparation and tender response through contract negotiation and management.