6 new executive counsel for global firm

By Grace Ormsby|23 April 2019

A global law firm has made six promotions to the rank of executive counsel in Australia, as part of a global sweep of counsel appointments.

Herbert Smith Freehills will see the six lawyers commence their executive counsel roles across the firm’s Sydney, Melbourne and Perth offices on 1 May 2019.

The new executive counsel are: Anna Britten-Jones (Sydney); Josie Essery (Melbourne); Marnie Fels (Sydney); Garth Riddell (Sydney); Andrew Ryan (Perth); and Rowena White (Sydney).

Ms Britten-Jones, part of the Sydney-based FREP team, has been described by HSF as having significant experience in delivering construction and infrastructure projects. She has worked with government and private sector clients across road, rail, property development, telecommunications, healthcare, airports, resource recovery, wind and solar, it was noted.

In the same practice area, Ms Fels has specialised in a range of complex finance transactions, with particular focus on leveraged and acquisition finance, as well as corporate finance, HSF said.

She holds more than 15 years of experience in advising mid-market and large domestic and international private equity sponsors as well as banks and financial institutions.

Ms Essery is also part of the FREP team. The Melbourne-based lawyer has experience in a broad range of financial transactions, including acting for borrowers, lenders, issuers and arrangers in a range of industries, a statement read.


She has provided advice related to debt capital market transactions domestically, and in Europe, Asia and the US.

Corporate team member Mr Riddell is a senior member of the HSF head office advisory team, which specialises in advising on corporate governance issues.

The Sydney-based lawyer has advised a number of Australian listed companies in relation to issues including market disclosure, periodic reporting and executive remuneration arrangements.

For Mr Ryan, a disputes lawyer out of the HSF Perth office, his 15 years of experience has seen him advising clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters.

His expertise extends across construction, insurance, and dispute resolution, while he has also acted in class actions and royal commissions.

Ms White is also part of the disputes team, however, is Sydney-based. The restructuring, turnaround and insolvency specialist has experience in advising a range of stakeholders in corporate distress and restructuring scenarios.

The firm said she has advised on transaction mandates across Australia, New York, and London over the last decade.

HSF’s regional managing partner Andrew Pike called the six lawyers “incredibly talented individuals”.

“The depth and breadth of their contribution is an important part of the success of the firm and our clients, and that’s what we are recognising through this round of promotions,” he continued.

“This promotion to executive counsel is an important step in the careers of these lawyers, and I congratulate them as their contribution to the firm and commitment to our clients is recognised.”

It comes after the firm last week announced it had promoted 22 of its lawyers to partner across the globe, six of whom are Australia-based

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