Mills Oakley promotes 44

Mills Oakley promotes 44

06 July 2021 By Jerome Doraisamy

National law firm Mills Oakley has elevated one lawyer to the partnership, nine to special counsel, 15 to senior associate and 19 to associate as part of its 2021 promotions round.

Sydney-based property law specialist Emma De Leon has joined the partnership of Mills Oakley. In a statement, the firm said that she has “extensive experience in the leasing, sale and acquisition of both individual properties and property portfolios” and that she has “acted for a range of clients including listed REITs, investment managers, property managers, developers and both domestic and foreign investors”.


Mills Oakley CEO John Nerurker (pictured) congratulated Ms De Leon on joining the partnership ranks.

“Emma is highly regarded within the firm and enjoys a strong level of support and respect from key clients. She has been instrumental in maintaining relationships with several of those clients, and it is fitting that her hard work should be rewarded with her elevation to the partnership,” he said.


Elsewhere, the nine new special counsel are: Rachael Gibbs, Bethan Beck, Justin Daly, Natalie Sandman, Angela Truce, Emre Ozgezici, Kate Marginson, Hannah Marlton and Liz Moran.

The 15 new senior associates are: Jessica Garcia, Nicholas Allen, Louise Holland, Cassandra Taylor, Sheridan Handley, Arielle Zinn, Henry Holland, Matthew Skelly, Carlie Alcock, Naomi Brodie, Ben Salon, Kalinda Doyle, Andrew Hazer, Sarah-Jayne Rayner and Jessica Stojkovski.

Elsewhere, the firm elevated 19 lawyers to associate, marking the balance of its promotions round.

Reflecting on the promotions across the board, Mr Nerurker said that the firm had maintained its commitment to staff career progression, even during the height of COVID-19 turbulence.

“Our number of annual promotions has actually exceeded pre-pandemic levels and we will continue to maintain a transparent, meritocratic approach where our people can be confident that there will be no movement of the goalposts and no arbitrary obstacles to career advancement,” he said.

The news follows KPMG appointing 17 new partners in its legal teams, Hicksons promoting six to higher positions, national firm Colin Biggers & Paisley moving 10 to senior roles, global firm Baker McKenzie elevating 23, listed firm IPH promoting 35, Meridian Lawyers promoting 12, Corrs Chambers Westgarth adding six partners from MinterEllison, Norton Rose Fulbright elevating 27, MinterEllison promoting 82 to more senior roles, Herbert Smith Freehills promoting 55, Maddocks promoting 47, Wotton + Kearney elevating 34 lawyers as part of their biggest senior promotions round in history, 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.

Mills Oakley promotes 44
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