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Leah Ratcliff joins Jones Day's Global Disputes Practice in Melbourne

March 2019

The global law firm Jones Day announces the addition of international dispute resolution lawyer Leah Ratcliff as of counsel in the Firm's Global Disputes Practice. Ms. Ratcliff will be based in the Firm's Melbourne Office.

Ms. Ratcliff arrives at Jones Day from BHP, the world’s largest diversified mining, metals, and petroleum company, where she was Head of Dispute Resolution. She has more than 15 years of experience in litigation and arbitration across multiple markets and jurisdictions.

"Our practice will benefit significantly from Leah's knowledge of, and experience in, dispute resolution," said Greg Shumaker, who leads the Global Disputes Practice at Jones Day. "She brings substantial additional value to what is already a very strong group of lawyers in Melbourne."

Added Tim L'Estrange, Partner-in-Charge of the Firm's Melbourne Office, "We are very pleased that Leah has decided to join the firm after a distinguished career in public, private and the corporate sector. Leah brings a very deep understanding of global issues and challenges in the energy and resources sectors. In particular, Leah has very extensive experience in international arbitration, litigation and ADR, combined with extensive regulatory engagement and risk mitigation. We are very confident that she will be able to materially assist our clients in those sectors."

Ms. Ratcliff is the recipient of multiple awards and recognitions, including the Chetwood Prize from Georgetown University Law, and the Civil Justice Award for Private International Law from the Attorney-General's Department. She is a graduate of Women on Boards' Next Generation of Female Corporate Leaders program of 2016.

"Leah's arrival sends a clear message that Jones Day remains committed to providing our clients access to the premier legal talent in Australia," said Chris Ahern, Jones Day's Partner-in-Charge of Australia and Japan. "She's an extremely talented lawyer who will be an asset to our clients in Melbourne and across the region."

Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices across five continents. The Firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.