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International firm promotes 34

An international law firm has promoted 34 lawyers, including five to partner, as part of its biggest senior promotions round in its history.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 29 June 2021 Big Law
International firm promotes 34
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Wotton + Kearney, which has four offices across Australia and two in New Zealand, has promoted five lawyers to partner, nine to special counsel, nine to senior associate and 11 to associate, which marks the largest group of senior lawyers promoted in one round in the firm’s history.

This historic promotion round, the firm proclaimed, reflects the firm’s “continued growth trajectory”.

The five new partners at Wotton + Kearney (all pictured) are Krissy Vale and Meisha Tjiong (Sydney), Chris Spain (Melbourne), Luke Vincent (Perth) and Peter Coggins (Brisbane). Their promotions bring the firm’s partnership ranks to 49.


The new special counsel are Jacqueline Grace, Joseph Fitzgerald, Ken Grunder, Michael Cavanaugh, Nicholas Maiorana, Robert Head, Shih-Lene Jee, Stuart Moore and Trent O'Neill.

The new senior associates are Ashley Fernan, Dena Paterson, Ellie Brooks, Jesse Pereira, Luke Knights, Meredith Karlsen, Sam Carroll, Tshering Lama and Yen Tan.

Elsewhere, the firm promoted 11 lawyers to associate, which it said reflects a “solid pipeline” of future senior talent.

Speaking about the promotions round, Wotton + Kearney chief executive partner David Kearney said: “I’m delighted to welcome Krissy, Meisha, Chris, Luke and Peter as new partners of the firm, and congratulate all of the lawyers recognised in our biggest-ever round of promotions.

“Rewarding talented lawyers in this way is a great example of our ‘people first’ culture in action and a reflection of our commitment to provide our clients with market-leading expertise.”

All promotions are effective as of 1 July 2021.

The news follows national firm Holding Redlich elevating 45 lawyers across the country, global firms KWM and Allens promoting 63 staff and 24 staff respectively, McCullough Robertson elevating 16 to new positions, Moray & Agnew promoting 25 to new roles, Hall & Wilcox promoting 36 to senior roles, Dentons promoting 14 to new positions, and King & Wood Mallesons adding 10 to the partnership ranks.