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A&O announces new Head of Advanced Delivery Centre

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Allen & Overy has announced Derek Chia as the new Head of the Advanced Delivery Centre in Australia, which is due to open in the second quarter of 2022.  

Derek, a senior Australian legal practitioner, joins A&O from Herbert Smith Freehills and will lead a team of associates and legal support professionals, providing high quality, cost-efficient support to Allen & Overy legal teams around the world.

The new centre, to be based in Perth, Western Australia, will provide technology-enabled support on areas such as due diligence, document review, eDiscovery, regulatory-filings, as well as general transaction support and management.  

The new centre will comprise senior associates, associates and legal support professionals, as well as dedicated project management and eDiscovery specialists and will build on the success of A&O Belfast, which opened in 2011. The team will integrate seamlessly with the Belfast office, providing increased language and legal skills, increased capacity and broader time-zone coverage for A&O’s network.

Angela Clist, partner and global head of Advanced Delivery – Legal Services said: “It is fantastic to have somone of Derek’s calibre leading our new centre. He brings with him a wealth of experience and will help to align the work in the new Advanced Delivery Centre with our global network of offices.”

Derek Chia added: “I am very excited to join A&O, a firm that I’ve admired for their innovative approach to uncovering and solving clients’ needs. I am looking forward to help grow the Perth ADC team and to add even further to A&O’s already market-leading capabilities and solutions for our clients.”

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