find the latest legal job
Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Highly-respected, innovative and entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit · Competency based Board
View details
Chief Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Dynamic, high growth organisation · ASX listed market leader
View details
In-house Projects Lawyer | Renewables / Solar | 2-5 Years PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: All Australia
· Help design the future · NASDAQ Listed
View details
Insurance Lawyer (3-5 PAE)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Dynamic organisation ·
View details
Legal Counsel
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: North Sydney NSW 2060
· 18 month fixed term contract · 3-5 years PQE with TMT exposure
View details
Blakes loses another partner

Blakes loses another partner

Blake Dawson’s Melbourne head of commercial dispute resolution, Graydon Dowd, has joined Hall & Wilcox as a partner

Blake Dawson’s Melbourne head of commercial dispute resolution, Graydon Dowd, has joined Hall & Wilcox (H&W) as a partner.

Dowd was hired on 11 January following his departure from Blakes where he has worked for ten years as head of the firm’s Melbourne commercial dispute resolution team since 2005.

Dowd is joined by sports lawyer Martin Ross, who was appointed yesterday (31 January) to H&W’s corporate & commercial team. Ross joins H&W from Melbourne firm Browne & Co where he practised for 15 years.

As a principal of Browne & Co – the firm of choice for the AFL for many years – Ross has acted for the AFL, Cricket Australia, the Professional Golfers Association and the Holden Racing Team over a wide range of commercial and commercial litigation work, including facilities, sponsorship and broadcast agreements.

He has also acted on behalf of content owners and government bodies and is currently a director of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA), as well as a current and founding member of the Law Institute of Victoria’s sports law committee.

Ross’s appointment sees H&W grow to 34 partners, representing around a 20 per cent increase in partner numbers over the last six months, with four internal appointments announced in late December 2011.

Dowd is one of a spate of partners, including Daniel Preston, Peter Stirling, Sally Audeyev and Angela Summersby, who have announced they have left Blakes, or will be shortly, over the last three months.

When speaking to Lawyers Weekly this week about Peter Sterling’s expected departure to Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Blakes managing partner John Carrington dismissed any suggestion that the defection of high-profile partners was the result of discontent within the ranks of Blakes regarding the imminent merger with UK firm Ashurst.

“At the end of last year there was a high level of enthusiasm amongst our staff with regard to what we were proposing,” said Carrington.

Blakes is due to rebrand as Ashurst in March.

The firm announced today that it has poached leading M&A partners Garry Besson and Gary Lawler from Gilbert + Tobin, to join its corporate practice in Sydney.

See Lawyers Weekly later in the week for the full story on Blakes latest appointees.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Blakes loses another partner
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
LCA president Fiona McLeod SC
Aug 17 2017
Where social fault lines meet the justice gap in Aus
After just returning from a tour of the Northern Territory, LCA president Fiona McLeod SC speaks wit...
Marriage equality flag
Aug 17 2017
ALHR backs High Court challenge to marriage equality postal vote
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has voiced its support for a constitutional challenge to ...
Give advice
Aug 17 2017
A-G issues advice on judiciary’s public presence
Commonwealth Attorney-General George Brandis QC has offered his advice on the public presence of jud...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...