find the latest legal job
Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Highly-respected, innovative and entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit · Competency based Board
View details
Chief Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Dynamic, high growth organisation · ASX listed market leader
View details
In-house Projects Lawyer | Renewables / Solar | 2-5 Years PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: All Australia
· Help design the future · NASDAQ Listed
View details
Insurance Lawyer (3-5 PAE)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Dynamic organisation ·
View details
Real Estate & Projects Lawyer (6+ years PAE)
Category: Property Law | Location: Sydney CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs Sydney NSW
· Top tier firm with offices nationally · High profile clients
View details
New partners bring hope in downturn

New partners bring hope in downturn

As a swag of new appointments became effective in law firms around the country today, Minter Ellison welcomed 15 new partners to its fold.

All internal promotions, the  appointments represented a broad spread of practitioners from across all the firm’s practice areas and offices in Australasia.

Nigel McBride, chief executive partner of Minter Ellison’s SA/NT offices, said the promotions reflected the firm’s commitment to encourage its talent, despite the current financial times.

“It would be easier to say to people in a recession that you have got to park your expectations, but our firm has taken the view that you have to recognise the achievements of your people,” he said.

“Being appointed to partner or senior associate is not just about salary, it’s about holding those people out to your clients as having professional skills that should be valued. It’s also about keeping our lawyers engaged and recognising the level of skill they have achieved.”

Five women were included in the firm’s roll call of partner appointments.

McBride said flexible workplace arrangements had made it easier for women to rise through the traditionally male-dominated ranks of law firms, despite factors like maternity leave that could cause gaps in their careers.

“Flexible workplace arrangements is the right expression, they aren’t working part time,” he said.

Those lawyers who really shone were those who were reciprocal with the flexibility of their situation, McBride added.

“It’s those who recognise that their clients have urgent needs and make themselves available either by mobile phone or blackberry on the days that they aren’t in the office that really make those arrangements work for themselves, the firm and the clients.”

McBride said Minter Ellison, like most firms, would take a “prudent approach” in the new financial year, but its diversity across a huge range of market areas gave it some stability.

“We are going into the next financial year with cautious optimism,” he said. 

“No one really knows what the next few years are going to bring, but we are a strong firm with great people and diversified clients.”

“We are aware, however, that the goal posts have changed and things are harder than they have been for a long time.”

In other appointments, Deacons made eight new partners, including five women, and six special counsel; Freehills made three partners; Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Middletons and Hopgood Ganim made two new partners; and Australian Business Lawyers, Hall and Willcox, and Arnold Bloch Leibler each added one partner.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

New partners bring hope in downturn
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Scales of Justice, Victorian County Court, retiring judges
Aug 21 2017
Replacements named for retired Vic judges
Two new judicial officers have been appointed in the Victorian County Court, following the retire...
Aug 21 2017
LCA applauds proposed Modern Slavery Act
The Law Council of Australia has welcomed new recommendations for the development of a Modern Slaver...
Aug 21 2017
Top-tier offers targeted mentoring for Indigenous law students
Students at Macquarie University will be the first to benefit from a new Indigenous mentoring progra...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...