Barry Nilsson snatches up ex-NRF practice head

Toby Biddle joins as principal and brings with him a team of five

Barry Nilsson snatches up ex-NRF practice head
Rhett Kennedy, Barry Nilsson board chair

Barry Nilsson has secured as its new principal Toby Biddle, who previously led Norton Rose Fulbright’s Australian life sciences and healthcare practice.

Biddle took up the role effective yesterday, working from Barry Nilsson’s Sydney office. He is a decorated healthcare and product liability litigator, having been recognised by Chambers & Partners (life sciences), Best Lawyers in Australia (product liability litigation and insurance law), The Legal 500 (disputes – class actions), and Doyle's Guide (medical negligence – defendant).

He brings with a team of five including special counsel Natalie Aprea and Jessica Luppino; senior associate Cara Walsh; associate Gianluca Tripodi; and legal assistant Maria Hawes.

“Toby and his team have acted for a range of clients, including insurers, healthcare product manufacturers, and corporate and individual healthcare providers, in some of the most significant class actions over the past decade”, said Rhett Kennedy, Barry Nilsson’s board chairman and national insurance and health lead principal. “Combined with their expertise in providing representation and advice on individual medical malpractice and healthcare product liability actions, regulatory investigations, inquests, and commissions of inquiry, their experience will significantly strengthen the firm’s capabilities in this high-demand specialist area of law”.

He added that the expansion of the firm’s Sydney branch is in line with its strategic commitment for 2025, which involves building up the national practice through “a mix of client-driven organic growth and targeted expansion”.

Biddle shared that he and his team were eager to share their life sciences expertise with the Barry Nilsson team. With their inclusion, Barry Nilsson’s Sydney office is now 84-strong.

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