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Top-tier appoints rival litigator to special counsel

Top-tier appoints rival litigator to special counsel

An experienced lawyer from Brisbane has joined the insolvency and restructuring team of a new firm.

Ashurst has lost a senior lawyer to rival firm Baker McKenzie. Last week, Bakers named Ian Innes (pictured) as its latest special counsel hire in its Brisbane office.

Mr Innes joined the Brisbane office of his new firm in January after more than 19 years working at Ashurst.

Commenting on his move, Mr Innes said he was attracted by the “opportunity and growth” at Bakers. He also noted the strength of the firm’s cross-border relationships.

“Baker McKenzie has long been a firm I have admired and it is the truly cross-border nature of the firm's clients and matters which ultimately persuaded me to come on board,” Mr Innes said.

A statement released by Bakers described Mr Innes, who has a background in insolvency and restructuring, as an experienced litigator and dispute resolution lawyer.

Leigh Duthie, Brisbane managing partner, said the addition of Mr Innes reflected Bakers’ wider growth plans in Queensland.

“Ian is a well respected insolvency and restructuring lawyer with 20 years' experience in the Brisbane market acting for insolvency practitioners, financiers, debtors and creditors,” Mr Duthie said.

“Ian's appointment highlights the continued growth of the Brisbane office as Baker McKenzie continues to respond to the needs of domestic and international clients with operations in Queensland,” he said.

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