HSF promotes 8 to partnership

By Jerome Doraisamy|20 April 2020
Herbert Smith Freehills

Global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has elevated eight to partner in Australia, as part of what the firm says is its largest promotional round since its merger in 2012.

Eight professionals have been promoted to partner in the Australian offices of HSF as part of the firm’s annual global partnership promotions.


The eight new partners are: Steven Catanzariti (finance, Sydney office), Chad Catterwell (disputes, Melbourne), Melanie Debenham (real estate, Perth), Kam Jamshidi (corporate, Melbourne), Shivchand Jhinku (employment, industrial relations and safety, Sydney), Brooke Massender (pro bono, Sydney), Nicole Pedler (corporate, Sydney) and Christine Tran (disputes, Sydney).

Elsewhere, HSF promoted 18 other professionals to the partnership across the globe, including four in Asia, seven in EMEA and seven in the UK.


The promotions are effective from 1 May 2020.

This year’s global partner promotions mark HSF’s “largest promotion round since its merger in 2012”, the firm said in a statement, with women representing 50 per cent of the new partners globally and 50 per cent in Australia.

Speaking about the new partners, HSF executive partner in Australia Andrew Pike said: “I’d like to congratulate these eight Australian lawyers on their promotion to our global partnership. This career-defining milestone recognises their exceptional client work, demonstrated leadership capabilities and valuable contribution to the firm’s culture and success.”

“As a firm, we are committed to developing talent, and we take a long-term view when appointing partners to ensure that we have the right expertise in place to meet our clients’ evolving needs. These new partners are all highly experienced practitioners,” he continued.

“They will bring significant industry knowledge and commercial insight to bear for our clients – both in these challenging times and well into the future. I wish them every success in the partnership.”

The promotions follow news from earlier this month that HSF has reduced partner profit distributions and cancelled staff salary reviews for the time being in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic.

HSF promotes 8 to partnership
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