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July brings national promotions aplenty

July brings national promotions aplenty

Mid-tier firms DibbsBarker, Lander & Rogers, Macpherson Kelley, Maurice Blackburn, Webb Henderson and Wotton + Kearney have all announced big July promotions.

Lawyers have been promoted across the country with the new financial year marking the next career steps for new partners, special counsel and senior associates.

DibbsBarker welcomes Kirsten Pike to the partnership in addition to the promotion of two senior associates and six associates at the firm. Ms Pike is a property specialist based in Brisbane and former professional Australian cricket player. She joined DibbsBarker in 2007.

Speaking to Ms Pike’s promotion, DibbsBarker senior partner Matthew Rollason said: "Kirsten’s promotion to partner and all of the other promotions we announce today across the Sydney and Brisbane offices are a testament to the exceptional talent we have within our firm."

Lander & Rogers has promoted three partners, Lily Nguyen and Louise Nixon from the firm's commercial disputes practice, and Colleen Palmkvist from its insurance law and litigation practice. The firm has also announced the appointment of six special counsel and 15 senior associates.

Lander & Rogers CEO Andrew Wilder said the firm "had a strong tradition of growing its own" and that the promotions reflected the hard work and commitment of staff.

"Our internal promotions are an important part of the firm's ongoing growth, as well as helping to ensure that we retain the values and culture that makes Lander & Rogers a great place to work. In particular, our three new partner appointments reflect growth across the firm's three Australian offices and the diverse areas of the market where Lander & Rogers is active, namely government, insolvency, and large-scale class actions," Mr Wilder said.

Mid-tier firm Macpherson Kelley has announced three new principal appointments in its Victorian office: tax lawyer Prath Balasubramaniam, property lawyer Sebastian Renato and litigation specialist Stefanie Orlando.

The firm’s Victorian office has also made two senior associate and one associate appointment. In Sydney, four lawyers have been promoted to associate.

Macpherson Kelley managing director Damian Paul said that being able to develop lawyers from early on in their careers to the firm’s senior leadership was especially pleasing.

"Prath, Sebastian and Stefanie have all participated in our structured development and support program ‘Path to Principal’, so we are confident that they each have the necessary tools and skill set to become successful leaders in the firm," Mr Paul said.

This financial year, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has added six new partners to its leadership team, the firm’s largest partner promotion in five years. In Sydney, Julian Schimmel and Miranda Nagy join the partnership. The following have all been made partners: Sarah Kofoed in the Sunshine Coast office; Tanya Straguszi in Cairns; Tom Ballantyne in Melbourne; and Vavaa Mawuli in Brisbane.

The firm has also made 11 senior associate and 23 associates’ appointments across its offices in NSW, the Northern Territory, Victoria and Queensland.

Speaking to the appointments, CEO Greg Tucker said: "Maurice Blackburn recognises the importance for our clients in properly investing in and developing our staff, and we are proud to play a key role in progressing and supporting the careers of our lawyers for the longer term."

Partner promotions at national firm Webb Henderson include telecommunications and media lawyer Ish Omar and competition and litigation specialist Tom Bridges. Mr Omar and Mr Bridges joined the firm in 2011 and 2013 respectively and are described as "home-grown" partners in a statement released by the firm.

The growth of Webb Henderson’s partnership has come about as a result of the firm’s strong reputation, founding partner Angus Henderson suggested.

"Our growth has been principally driven by the expertise and market reputations of our senior partners. Our success to date and our expected growth path over the long term provides opportunities for our best young lawyers to develop their careers and move through to partnership," Mr Henderson said.

Wotton + Kearney has also released a roll call of the firm’s new promotions, announcing that Melbourne-based insurance specialist Richard Johnson will join the partnership from 1 July. Mr Johnson joined the firm in 2015 and has assisted insurer clients with a number of complicated indemnity issues, with results in both liability and property damage claims.

Wotton + Kearney have also promoted six lawyers to special counsel: Katie Shanks, Maryan Lee, Suzanne Craig, Andrew Brennan, Allison Hunt and Jonathan Maher.

Commenting on the promotions, chief executive partner David Kearney said: "Our new senior promotions will strengthen the firm’s national offering and ensures that Wotton + Kearney has the capability to continue providing true partnering relationships to the insurance industry."

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