Richard Norbruis is joining the global law leadership team at EY as a partner on 1 September, 2014.

Richard will lead this practice at EY, and will work closely with Cornelius Grossmann, EY’s global law leader, on building and managing EY’s fast-growing overall legal services offering across the world.

Cornelius said: ‘We are very pleased to welcome Richard into a senior leadership role in EY’s Law practice. His great experience in the law services market will bring strong momentum to the ongoing global expansion of our law practice.’

Richard has been global people partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP since 2011, where he has responsibility for people-related matters including recruitment, learning and development, diversity, and also partner development and leadership.

He has been a partner at Freshfields for 14 years and has practised law for more than 30 years.

Richard was previously a partner at NautaDutilh.

Richard said: ‘After many happy years at Freshfields, this presents a fantastic opportunity to continue in a senior global leadership role in a highly ambitious and fast growing legal practice that is part of one of the largest professional services organisations in the world. I very much look forward helping to build a global quality law practice at EY.’

Richard’s legal expertise is in public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures, corporate governance, corporate restructuring and capital market transactions. A Dutch lawyer by training, he has broad experience advising clients in domestic and cross-border transactions.

EY’s legal services capabilities have expanded significantly in the last 15 months, growing to more than 1,100 plus lawyers in 52 markets across the globe.