Global firm expands into Perth with team from rival
A global law firm has taken a team of 10 from another BigLaw practice and is set to open up its third office in Australia.
Kennedys, which has 42 offices and services clients in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, has announced the latest phase of its Australian expansion: the opening of an office in Perth.
The new office follows the Kennedys’ expansion into Melbourne in 2017 and Sydney in 2006, together with its “strong national growth” last year, which saw the firm increase headcount by 20 per cent.
The launching of a third Australian office demonstrates, the firm said, its commitment to supporting insurance clients “at a critical time for the local industry”.
The global insurance and litigation firm’s presence out west will be headed up by Jonathan Wyatt, who joins the firm from Clyde & Co.
Mr Wyatt is bringing with him nine professionals from his former firm: special counsel Paul Graham and Alen Sinanovic, senior associate Rosie Blakey-Scholes, associates Kendall Messer, Jack Carroll and Ashleigh Weaver, paralegals Luke Docker and Quinton Roberts, and secretary Danni Durrant.
Speaking about the expansion and hires, Kennedys Australian managing partner Matt Andrews said that the firm is committed to providing “the best on-the-ground capability” wherever its clients need it.
“The appointment of a partner of Jonathan’s calibre and his team makes good on that promise and will ensure that our clients have seamless access to Kennedys’ expertise,” he proclaimed.
“I am delighted to welcome Jonathan and his team to Kennedys, to help us build a leading insurance practice in Perth, and a vital link in our growing national presence.”
Mr Wyatt added: “My team and I are excited to be joining Kennedys. The global reach of the firm and the alignment of its goals to my areas of practice – Marine, Liability and Property – make it an ideal fit. We relish the opportunity to establish a leading insurance practice with Kennedys in Perth.
“My team in Perth will have scope to explore new career opportunities with a global firm and the benefit of Kennedys’ supportive workplace culture.”