Rapidly expanding national law firm Hamilton Locke has launched an office in Perth with four foundation partners, three of whom were partners and one of whom was a special counsel at global firm HWL Ebsworth.
Hamilton Locke, which already has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, has today (1 February) expanded into Western Australia with the launching of an office in Perth.
The firm has appointed four foundation partners to head up its Western Australian presence, all of whom have come across from HWL Ebsworth.
Shaun Hardcastle, Deanna Carpenter and Michael Boyce were all partners at HWL for two years and four months, while Jeremy Newman was a special counsel at the firm for the same period of time and has been elevated to Hamilton Locke’s partnership ranks.
Mr Hardcastle, Ms Carpenter and Mr Boyce all commenced in their new roles today, while Mr Newman joins as of next week.
The quartet, Hamilton Locke said in a statement, have “considerable expertise in equity capital markets and mergers and acquisitions across all industries” and are a “leading ECM team in Perth, having advised on over 60 ECM deals in 2021, the second largest in WA, as well as over 20 M&A deals in 2021”.
Speaking about the new office, Hamilton Locke managing partner Nick Humphrey said: “The launch of our Perth office is an important and exciting milestone for the firm.
“We have continued to build a firm that is focused on our people experience, providing our staff with the best experience possible, in turn providing the best client experience. Our business model and strong culture continues to place us competitively in the market, as we attract and retain exceptional talent, and our significant growth rate is a strong reflection of this.”
Mr Hardcastle added: “We are delighted to join Hamilton Locke and launch the Perth office.
“Hamilton Locke is focussed on people experience and client experience and we look forward to joining the firm and building out the Perth office.”
Elsewhere, the firm has appointed two new partners: banking and finance specialist Tricia Moloney in Melbourne and construction expert Grant Parker in Sydney.
Over the past four years, Hamilton Locke has bolstered its ranks from five partners in Sydney to 37 partners nationwide across four offices.
Mr Humphrey noted: “The addition of two new partners in Melbourne and Sydney, together with the recent addition of corporate partner Brett Heading in Brisbane, adds depth to each of our existing offices.”