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Four join newly minted Melbourne office

Four join newly minted Melbourne office

A national firm has announced the addition of four lawyers to its brand-new digs on Collins Street.

DibbsBarker has revealed the latest hires to join the ranks of its new office in Victoria.

Melbourne lawyers John Heard, Richard Fong, Silvana Larobina and Joseph Ip have joined the national firm. They have been variously appointed to roles as associate, senior associate and special counsel.

Dibbs managing partner Stephen Purcell welcomed the group, noting the talent that the firm’s clients can now benefit from.

“We are delighted to have attracted such strong talent to join us and grow our presence in the Melbourne market. It is wonderful to have Joseph, Silvana, Richard and John onboard to work with our partners as we expand DibbsBarker’s offering in the property and financial services sectors, both of which are core areas of focus for the firm,” Mr Purcell said.

Ms Larobina joins the banking, insolvency and disputes practice as a special counsel in the Melbourne office. She has previously worked for Corrs Chambers Westgarth and held an in-house legal role with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, specialising in banking litigation.

Mr Ip has been appointed to a senior associate role within the Dibbs’ property and projects team. He joins the group from King & Wood Mallesons, where he has advised on leasing matters, property acquisitions and disposals.

Mr Fong is the second senior associate appointment in Melbourne, having left Hall & Wilcox for the role. He brings over 10 years’ experience advising clients on banking and finance matters.  

Mr Heard is a commercial litigator and former Victorian Supreme Court judge’s associate. Joining Dibbs’ BID team, he has experience working across a range of commercial disputes and banking litigation. Mr Heard is also a member of the Reconciliation and Advancement Committee at the Law Institute of Victoria as a representative of Tarwirri Indigenous Law Students & Lawyers Association of Victoria.

In a statement released by the firm, Mr Purcell said the new hires indicated the outstanding success of the Melbourne office since its doors opened in December 2016.

“We have had an excellent response from clients including those with whom our firm has had strong relationships for years, and those who have become new clients of the firm since we established our on-the-ground presence in Melbourne. The support we have felt from our clients has been fantastic,” Mr Purcell said.


L-R: John Heard, Richard Fong, Silvana Larobina and Joseph Ip 

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