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Pacific Legal Network expands with new affiliate law firm in Republic of Palau

Media release - For immediate release May 17, 2022

Pacific Legal Network (PLN) is pleased to announce it has expanded its coverage in Micronesia with the addition to the network of an affiliate member law firm in Palau.

William Ridpath in Palau joins PLN as part of their ongoing growth strategy across the Pacific, following the recent additions of member firms John Peter Munnull Lawyers in the Papua New Guinea Highlands and Reeder & Simpson, P. C. in Marshall Islands together with the expansion of the team in Honiara, Solomon Islands at Primo Afeau Legal Services with the addition of leading environmental lawyer William Kadi.

PLN Founder and Head of Legal Services John Ridgway said the addition of Palau to the network was an important expansion into Micronesia and would be of great benefit for clients in the region looking for high quality legal and business expertise on the ground in Palau.

“As we come out of the worst of the Covid pandemic, we are seeing an increased demand for high quality legal expertise on the ground in Pacific jurisdictions. This recent expansion in Micronesia again demonstrates that PLN continues to lead the legal services market by matching that demand”, he said.

William Ridpath has been admitted to the Palau Bar for over 30 years and has extensive local experience representing numerous public and private clients on major transactions.

“I’m very pleased to be part of PLN and its broad presence in the Pacific region,” Mr Ridpath said.

Mr Ridgway said Mr Ridpath is a fantastic addition to the network, bringing the kind of on the ground experience that is highly sought after by clients.

“We have had the pleasure of working with Bill for some years now. Bill and his firm are a welcome and timely addition to the network. Global clients have global legal services expectations, and for us this extends to all parts of the Pacific, evidenced by our recent focus on Micronesia,” he said.

“As the Pacific becomes more and more relevant in a geopolitical context, it is important that our clients have access to the best available legal services across all jurisdictions – large and small. That is what PLN delivers to our clients, and what PLN brings to the legal services market”.


For more information and for interview opportunities contact John Ridgway, Head of Legal Services at Pacific Legal Network:

Ph: 61 410520416 E:


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