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Exclusive: Young firm takes HWL partner

A former financial services partner at HWL Ebsworth is now the head of superannuation & wealth management at Thomson Geer.

Scott Charaneka (pictured) started the new role in October after more than two-and-a-half years in HWL’s partnership. He was previously a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright for around eight years between 2003 and 2012.

Charaneka has also held in-house roles at Legal & General and ING.

Thomson Geer was formed when mid-tier firms Thomsons Lawyers and Herbert Geer merged in March.

Before the tie-up was announced, Lawyers Weekly exclusively revealed that Herbert Geer had also been in merger talks with Charaneka’s former firm, HWL Ebsworth.

Both Herbert Geer and Thomsons lost partners just prior to the merger: banking & finance partner Martin Irwin left Herbert Geer for Baker & McKenzie, while Thomsons lost property partner Ron Eames to Holding Redlich and dispute resolution specialist Craig Powell to HWL.

Since then, the merged firm has gained an associate from Bakers’ corporate team.

HWL broke even in terms of partner numbers in September.

The national firm gained restructuring & insolvency specialist Matthew Broderick from Gadens in Brisbane. This followed the defection of transport partner Danella Wilmshurst to Holding Redlich.

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