Partner of the Year Awards finalists revealed

08 April 2019 By Emma Ryan
lawyers weekly partner of the year 2019 finalists revealed

Lawyers Weekly, in partnership with Taylor Root, is proud to announce the finalists for the 2019 Partner of the Year Awards.

The Partner of the Year Awards (POTY) is a prestigious event which celebrates outstanding performance by partners, or partner equivalents, across individual practice areas within the Australian legal profession.

The black tie event is an opportunity to recognise the notable achievements of lawyers at the height of their career who demonstrate leadership, technical expertise, mentorship and business development skills.

This year’s POTY Awards will be held at The Star, Sydney on 30 May 2019.


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The finalists for this year's POTY Awards are:

Banking and Finance Partner of the Year

Sam Grindal, Grindal Legal

Mark Inston, Hall & Wilcox


Hayley Neilson, Herbert Smith Freehills

Anthony Walsh, Dentons

Capital Markets Partner of the Year

Rachael Bassil, Gilbert + Tobin

Adam D'Andreti, Gilbert + Tobin

Catherine Merity, Maddocks

Daniel Scotti, MinterEllison

Philippa Stone, Herbert Smith Freehills

Reece Walker, McCullough Robertson

Jason Watts, King & Wood Mallesons

Commercial Partner of the Year

Rachael Bassil, Gilbert + Tobin

Stuart Byrne, Clayton Utz

Hugh Griffin, Hazelbrook Legal

Adam Laura, Gilbert + Tobin

Caroline Mense, Legal Enablers

Peter Mustaca, William Roberts Lawyers

Richard Partridge, Gadens

John Ramsden, Ramsden Lawyers

Philippa Stone, Herbert Smith Freehills

Martyn Taylor, Norton Rose Fulbright

Competition, Trade and Regulation Partner of the Year

Elizabeth Avery, Gilbert + Tobin

Caroline Coops, King & Wood Mallesons

Simon Muys, Gilbert + Tobin

Martyn Taylor, Norton Rose Fulbright

Ross Zaurrini, Ashurst

Construction and Infrastructure Partner of the Year

Darren Cain, KCL Law

Amanda Davidson OAM, Davidson Legal. Consulting. Advisory.

Janelle Kerrisk, Helix Legal

Patrick Mead, Carter Newell

Scott Mort, Bradbury Legal

Veno Panicker, Blackstone Waterhouse

Keith Redenbach, Redenbach Lee

Sandra Steele, K&L Gates

Lou Stojanovski, Keystone Lawyers

Earl Tan, Helix Legal

Corporate Partner of the Year

Rachael Bassil, Gilbert + Tobin

Darren Fittler, Gilbert + Tobin

Hugh Griffin, Hazelbrook Legal

Adam Laura, Gilbert + Tobin

Marc Wyld, Thomson Geer

Criminal Partner of the Year

Karen Espiner, Younes + Espiner Lawyers

Nicholas Hanna, Hanna Legal

Justin Wong, Streeton Lawyers

Dispute Resolution Partner of the Year

Amanda Banton, Squire Patton Boggs

Jason Betts, Herbert Smith Freehills

Graydon Dowd, Hall & Wilcox

Robert Ishak, William Roberts Lawyers

Andrew Lacey, McCabe Curwood

Ross McInnes, Clayton Utz

Patrick Mead, Carter Newell

Angela Pearsall, Clifford Chance

Peta Stevenson, King & Wood Mallesons

Gavin Stuart, Bartier Perry

Family Law Partner of the Year

Elizabeth Bedford, Watts McCray Lawyers

Leona Bennett, Southern Waters Legal

Genevieve Dee, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers

Malcolm Gittoes-Caesar, Coleman Greig Lawyers

Chrissy Leontios, CLEON Legal and Mediation Services

Kath Manby, VM Family Law

Collette McFawn, Lander & Rogers

Anton Richardson, MBA Lawyers

Michael Seton, Ryan & Seton Lawyers

Belinda Spong, MST Lawyers

Financial Services Partner of the Year

Scott Charaneka, Thomson Geer

Maged Girgis, MinterEllison

Hugh Griffin, Hazelbrook Legal

Nathan Hodge, King & Wood Mallesons

Harry New, Hall & Wilcox

Michelle Segaert, EY

Michael Vrisakis, Herbert Smith Freehills

Government Partner of the Year

Simonetta Astolfi, Maddocks

Caroline Atkins, Maddocks

Greg Lee, Redenbach Lee

Keith Redenbach, Redenbach Lee

Andrew Rentoul, MinterEllison

Dr Ashley Tsacalos, Clayton Utz

Health Partner of the Year

Marc Wyld, Thomson Geer

Alison Choy Flannigan, Hall & Wilcox

Innovator of the Year

Simon Creek, HHG Legal Group

Hilary Goodier, Herbert Smith Freehills

Nick Humphrey, Hamilton Locke

Thomas Jacobs, Jackson McDonald

Mellissa Larkin, Peripheral Blue

Caryn Sandler, Gilbert + Tobin

Bettina Sheeran, Maddocks

Aaron Suine, LegalVision

Insolvency Partner of the Year

Alicia Auden, JHK Legal

Jason Opperman, K&L Gates

Insurance Partner of the Year

Melissa Fenton, Colin Biggers & Paisley

Matt McDonald, Hall & Wilcox

Patrick Mead, Carter Newell

Patrick Monahan, Colin Biggers & Paisley

Trenton Schreurs, McInnes Wilson Lawyers

John Van de Poll, Holman Webb Lawyers

John-Paul Wilson, Gilchrist Connell

Chris Wood, Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Intellectual Property Partner of the Year

Derek Baigent, Griffith Hack

Edward Genocchio, Spruson & Ferguson

Ross McFarlane, Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

Shannon Platt, Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Adam Simpson, Simpsons Solicitors

Kellech Smith, Ashurst

Michael Williams, Gilbert + Tobin

Litigation Partner of the Year

Alicia Auden, JHK Legal

Jason Betts, Herbert Smith Freehills

Dale Cliff, Mills Oakley

James Conomos, James Conomos Lawyers

Graydon Dowd, Hall & Wilcox

Melissa Fenton, Colin Biggers & Paisley

Robert Ishak, William Roberts Lawyers

Bree Knoester, Adviceline Injury Lawyers

Rory Markham, Adero Law

Patrick Mead, Carter Newell

Media and Telecommunications Partner of the Year

Alex Hutchens, McCullough Robertson Lawyers

Bruce Lloyd, Clayton Utz

Martyn Taylor, Norton Rose Fulbright

Mergers and Acquisitions Partner of the Year

Rachael Bassil, Gilbert + Tobin

David Eliakim, King & Wood Mallesons

Robyn Ferguson, HopgoodGanim Lawyers

Hugh Griffin, Hazelbrook Legal

Adam Laura, Gilbert + Tobin

Rebecca Maslen-Stannage, Herbert Smith Freehills

Ben McLaughlin, Baker McKenzie

Rory Moriarty, Clayton Utz

Richard Partridge, Gadens

Jason Watts, King & Wood Mallesons

Migration Partner of the Year

Rita Chowdhury, Integrate Legal

Nazim El-Bardouh, Bardo Lawyers

Vikas Jain, Wickham Lawyers

Anne O’Donoghue, Immigration Solutions Lawyers

Native Title, Planning and Environment Partner of the Year

Danny Arraj, Blackstone Waterhouse Lawyers

Mark Geritz, Clayton Utz

Patrick Ibbotson, Maddocks

Matt Sonter, Mills Oakley

New Partner of the Year - 3 years or less

Dean Alexander, Enyo Lawyers

Simon Burns, Gilbert + Tobin

Nicholas Carney, Herbert Smith Freehills

Charles Coorey, Gilbert + Tobin

Adam Foreman, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Alex Kauye, Gilbert + Tobin

Sam McIvor, Mullins Lawyers

Krista Payne, Ashurst

Jordan Phillips, MinterEllison

Bettina Sheeran, Maddocks

Pro Bono Partner of the Year

Brooke Massender, Herbert Smith Freehills

Sarah Morton-Ramwell, Ashurst

Heidi Nash-Smith, Wotton + Kearney

Peter Seidel, Arnold Bloch Leibler

Projects, Energy and Resources Partner of the Year

Tanya Denning, Ashurst

Mark Geritz, Clayton Utz

Paul O’Donnell, Hall & Wilcox

Claire Rogers, King & Wood Mallesons

Simon Scott, MinterEllison

Real Estate Partner of the Year

Virginia Briggs, MinterEllison

Steve Healy, Dentons

Nick Holuigue, Maddocks

Henry Kalus, Kalus Kenny Intelex

Olivia Lau, Ashurst

Greg Lee, Redenbach Lee

James Ryan, Speirs Ryan

Aaron Webb, Thynne + Macartney

Taxation Partner of the Year

Cameron Blackwood, Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills

Aldrin De Zilva, Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills

Nick Heggart, Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills

Andrew Henshaw, Velocity Legal

Vik Sundar, Evans Dixon Law

Adrian Varrasso, MinterEllison

John Walker, Baker McKenzie

Technology Partner of the Year

Donna Bartlett, Gadens

Simon Burns, Gilbert + Tobin

Kenny Lee, Agile Legal Consulting

Matthew McMillan, McCullough Robertson Lawyers

Martyn Taylor, Norton Rose Fulbright

Cameron Whittfield, PwC

Wellness Advocate of the Year

Mary Digiglio, Swaab

Peta Gray, Enterprise Legal

David Jones, Baker McKenzie

Marianne Marchesi, Legalite

Workplace Health and Safety Relations Partner of the Year

Carlie Holt, Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Jamie McPherson, DWF

Workplace Relations Partner of the Year

Tass Angelopoulos, Employsure Law

Josh Bornstein, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Fay Calderone, Hall & Wilcox

Georgie Chapman, HR Legal

Michael Harmer, Harmers Workplace Lawyers

Christa Lenard, K&L Gates

James Mattson, Bartier Perry

Joe Murphy, Australian Business Lawyers and Advisors

Daniel Proietto, Lander & Rogers

Lindy Richardson, Maddocks

Partner of the Year Awards finalists revealed
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