Sparke Helmore Lawyers recently announced that it may enter a merger agreement with Jarman McKenna, having signed a term sheet to secure three months of exclusivity while they enter formal merger discussions.
However, Mills Oakley has revealed that is has poached one of Jarman McKenna’s founders, David McKenna, along with a team of three lawyers and one assistant.
Mr McKenna is an insurance specialist with a particular focus on dust diseases. He currently performs all of the Western Australian work for the James Hardie Asbestos Injuries Compensation Fund. His other major clients include Allianz and Catholic Church Insurance.
“In David we have a partner who shares a number of common clients and relationships with our east coast practice, so we will be able to provide a seamless national service for these clients,” Mills Oakley CEO John Nerurker said.
Mills Oakley also recently launched a dedicated workplace relations and employment law practice in Perth.