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SA-headquartered firm nabs new commercial lawyers

An Adelaide-headquartered law firm has announced the hire of two lawyers with expertise in financial services.

Dr Hillary Ray and Elaine Wilson have been named as new hires for Cowell Clarke’s financial services practice.

Dr Ray will join the partnership of Cowell Clarke, working in both the Sydney and Adelaide offices, while Ms Wilson has been appointed as a senior associate based in Adelaide.

Brett Cowell, chairman of partners for the firm, released a statement describing the new hires as a coup for clients.

“Hillary and Elaine are highly respected within the financial services industry with outstanding reputations among their clients and peers.

“Their experience, particularly working with the corporate regulator, [will] further strengthen our market-leading expertise,” Mr Cowell said.

Prior to joining Cowell Clarke, Dr Ray was the director and principal solicitor of Hemisphere Legal, which she founded in 2016. She worked for Sparke Helmore as a consultant and was a special counsel in the Sydney office of Gadens (now Dentons) from 2015 to 2016.

Dr Ray has also worked as lawyer for Baker McKenzie, Westpac and ASIC. She has acted for individuals and companies in ASIC matters, undertaken ASIC-style forensic compliance audits, as well as financial and credit licensing.

Over the course of a career spanning more than 14 years, Dr Ray has worked in legal, corporate governance and compliance advising ASX-listed and international clients from countries including Singapore, USA and China. She has a special interest in fintech, regulation, and how the law applies to technology.

According to a statement released by Cowell Clarke, Ms Wilson has appeared in the Supreme, District and Magistrates Court of South Australia as well as the Federal Court.

Ms Wilson has experience advising clients on regulatory and litigation matters, including financial planners, insurers and accountants. She has also previously worked for ASIC, in addition to private practice experience.


L-R: Elaine Wilson and Dr Hillary Ray

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