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Bakers takes G+T partner as new head

Bakers takes G+T partner as new head

Baker & McKenzie's Australian office has claimed a former Gilbert + Tobin partner and chief operating officer as its new national managing partner.

BAKER & McKenzie’s Australian office has claimed a former Gilbert + Tobin partner and chief operating officer as its new national managing partner.

As Mark Chapple, the firm’s current national managing partner, steps down from the top ranks on 2 August, Christopher Freeland will take the post.

Freeland, who has spent time in Beijing advising one of China’s leading law firms, King & Wood, holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Monash University, as well as a Masters of Business Administration.

John Conroy, Baker & McKenzie’s chairman of the executive committee, said of the new appointment: “We are very pleased that [Freeland] is brining his considerable talents to join out Australian tea. For nearly 50 years, the Australian offices have been, and continue to be, very successful in driving growth and innovation within our firm.”

Bruce Hambrett, chairman of Baker & McKenzie’s Australian offices, gave a nod to Chapple for his work in leading the firm nationally over the past four years.

Chapple, meanwhile, will remain a partner at the firm.


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