find the latest legal job
Corporate/Commercial Lawyers (2-5 years PAE)
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Specialist commercial law firm · Long-term career progression
View details
Graduate Lawyer / Up to 1.5 yr PAE Lawyer
Category: Personal Injury Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Mentoring Opportunity in Regional QLD · Personal Injury Law
View details
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Full time · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
Dibbs on global pair

Dibbs on global pair

Two lawyers from global firms have joined three-office firm DibbsBarker as partners.

Jamie Palmer comes to the firm from Allen & Overy, while Melissa McGrath (pictured) has rejoined the firm from Ashurst.

McGrath will be a partner in the firm’s intellectual property litigation practice, with a particular focus in the area of patent litigation.

McGrath was a senior associate at Dibbs between 2010 and 2012 before she joined Ashurst.

Commenting on her return, McGrath said: “I am thrilled to return to DibbsBarker. The firm has a fantastic culture, a genuine passion to achieve clients’ goals and is committed to excellence and innovation in everything it undertakes.

“I look forward to being part of such an enthusiastic and talented group of people.”

McGrath’s practice covers all aspects of intellectual property, including the protection of confidential information, with a focus on patent and trade mark litigation. She has extensive experience assisting clients with patents for a variety of inventions, from formulations for chemical compounds to power-saving electrical boards. She is particularly practised in pharmaceutical patent litigation, having acted for both generic and originator companies on various patent-related disputes.

Her expertise also lies in the registration of trade marks, including marks for shape and colour, and in litigation regarding trade mark rights.

Palmer joins Dibbs’ private equity practice.

While at A&O and, prior to that, at Herbert Smith Freehills, Palmer did transactional work for leading private equity firms and both national and multinational corporates.

Commenting on his appointment, Palmer said: “DibbsBarker already has a great footprint in the middle market private equity space, which is currently seeing a lot of activity. The firm is an excellent place for me to focus on servicing clients involved in these types of deals as well as private M&A transactions more broadly. I am excited about applying my skills and experience to help a strong team reach the next level.”

Palmer’s expertise includes private equity, M&A, warranty insurance, corporate reorganisations and general corporate advice.

Dibbs’ managing partner Alan McArthur said of the new appointees: “The firm is delighted to welcome Melissa and Jamie to the partnership. Their appointments demonstrate continuing growth and capability in our chosen industries and areas of practice at a time when the legal services market is contracting. We continue to see significant opportunities in working with our clients in the life sciences, technology and private equity areas.”

Both new partners joined the firm this month and are based in Dibbs’ Sydney office.

Dibbs also has offices in Brisbane and Canberra.

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

Dibbs on global pair
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Papua New Guinea flag
06:04
World-first mining case launched in PNG
Citizens of Papua New Guinea have launched landmark legal proceedings against the country’s govern...
06:03
Punishing offenders twice pointless, politicians warned
The president of the Law Society of NSW has warned legislators from other states about adopting cont...
Dec 13 2017
Young humanitarian lawyer California-bound
A young Australian lawyer will be travelling to the US next year for a prestigious nine-month study ...
APPOINTMENTS
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'...
opinion
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...
Help
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 & ...