National law firm Mills Oakley has bolstered its not-for-profit group ranks with the appointment of a partner who brings 20 years of litigation and dispute resolution expertise.
Sonya Parsons joined Mills Oakley earlier this month, bringing her relationships with a number of long-term commercial clients across a range of sectors.
She has a “particularly strong reputation”, the firm said in a statement, in the charities and not-for-profit (NFP) sector, where she has acted for a wide range of clients, including representing charities and religious congregations and childcare centres and acting for out-of-school care providers and non-government schools in respect of regulatory issues and Department of Education investigations.
The appointment follows the firm’s movement from a state-based NFP model to a national structure, which sees the Sydney and Brisbane NFP teams operating as a fully integrated single practice.
Speaking about the firm’s newest partner, Mills Oakley chief executive John Nerurker said that Ms Parsons would add a new dimension to the NFP team, particularly in Sydney.
“For a long time, our Sydney NFP practice was known for providing an extensive suite of commercial services and the addition of Sonya’s dispute resolution expertise means that we are now able to offer a holistic front and back-end service for the sector,” he said.
Ms Parsons added: “I have always believed that clients receive the best advice in an environment which facilitates the seamless sharing of knowledge and opportunities and the new national NFP structure at Mills Oakley will deliver exactly that.
“I am delighted to be part of this ‘one firm’ approach particularly given my nationally-based practice.”