Macpherson Kelley expands property and construction team with rehires

By Naomi Neilson|11 February 2020

Two senior lawyers have rejoined Macpherson Kelley after time spent practicing with BigLaw practices as the firm looks to boost its property and construction capabilities.

Macpherson Kelley has appointed three new lawyers across the Sydney, Dandenong and Melbourne offices. Principal lawyer Sebastian Renato and special counsel Iresha Herath returned after time with Herbert Smith Freehills and King & Wood Mallesons, respectively.

Mr Renato said of the appointment: “It’s an exciting time to be returning to Macpherson Kelley following its recent rebrand and commitment to standing out from legal crowds. I’m looking forward to delivering on the firm’s promise to clients – law fit for business.”

Principal lawyer Mr Renato will lead the property and construction team in Victoria. He will focus on commercial real estate and property development.


Ms Herath began her career 20 years ago with Macpherson Kelley and returned as its senior counsel, having spent time with KWM and as general counsel for a Victorian public health service and transport safety body.

Macpherson Kelley has also appointed lawyer Mitchell Passlow, who has “significant experience working in the retail and commercial property space”. Mr Passlow also has experience in Australia’s leading fast food franchises.

Macpherson Kelley’s chief executive Steve Parker said of the appointments: “Property development and construction are significant parts of the Australian economy.

“Sebastian, Iresha and Mitchell are outstanding lawyers who bring to client’s expertise that enables them to achieve their goals.”

Macpherson Kelley expands property and construction team with rehires
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