The head of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Australian discrimination and equal opportunity practice has been appointed as Victoria’s new Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner by the Victorian Attorney-General.
HSF employment partner Kate Jenkins (pictured) will leave the firm’s partnership this month to take up the position.
Jenkins has more than 20 years’ experience working in the areas of equal opportunities and human rights, both within the firm and in the broader community.
This includes representing and advising corporate, public sector, charitable and individual clients on discrimination matters.
She has led the Melbourne [email protected] group for more than a decade and is also the lead employment partner in the firm’s pro bono/community program.
She is a member of the board of Berry Street Victoria, the state’s largest independent child and family welfare organisation, and also a member of the board of the Heide Museum of Modern Art.
HSF managing partner Australia, Jason Ricketts, said that Jenkins’ appointment reflected well on the whole firm.
“This is a great opportunity for Kate and we wish her well in this high-profile role,” he said. “Kate will be working to ensure a smooth transition to the remaining team for her clients before she takes up the role.”
The national diversity and training practice will be led by special counsel Lisa Croxford, who has specialised in this area for many years.