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HSF promotes 3 in alternative legal services practice

Global firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has announced the promotion of three Australians in its alternative legal services (ALT) practice.

user iconJess Feyder 15 July 2022 Big Law
HSF promotes 3 in alternative legal services practice
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Sarah d’Oliveyra and Emily Coghlan have both been promoted to director for ALT Australia. Arjuna Guruge has been promoted to associate director for eDiscovery and Legal Technology, Australia and Asia. 

Ms d’Oliveyra has experience working with clients across all industry sectors on large-scale corporate transactions, and she holds an in-depth understanding of the legal process and technology. She is experienced in developing innovative solutions in merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions, high-volume commercial contracting exercises, and contract lifecycle management.

Ms Coghlan’s main focus is on disputes matters. She is also engaged in developing solutions to alleviate cost pressures and resourcing constraints faced by clients for internal legal processes, such as internal investigations and claims assessments. 


Mr Guruge has over 17 years of experience in managing end-to-end eDiscovery and legal technology-backed projects. His experience spans across key aspects of evidence management, including scoping, preservation, collection, forensic analysis and applying sophisticated technology applications to deliver efficient evidence interrogation services.

ALT managing partner Libby Jackson MBE commented on the promotions: “Sarah, Emily and Arjuna have the formidable multi-disciplinary skills needed to help our clients achieve their business goals.

“Our ALT operation in Australia is going from strength to strength. We have a large team across the country working to deliver value for clients, and that is in large part due to the skills and leadership of Sarah, Emily and Arjuna. I wish them all the best in their new roles.”

Executive partner, Australia and Asia, Andrew Pike stated that ALT was one of the ways in which the firm had innovated in response to client demand.

“ALT is a great example of how the firm has harnessed technology to meet the evolving needs of our clients, and has transformed how we deliver services.

“The combination of our market-leading legal advice, and the innovative technology-driven approach of our ALT practice has been game-changing for our clients.

“They have a cost-effective and efficient way to manage high-volume, data intensive legal work without compromising on quality,” said Mr Pike.

“Congratulations to Sarah, Emily and Arjuna, who I know will continue to build upon the success of our ALT practice.”

HSF’s ALT has a team of 350 lawyers, technologists and legal analysts, working globally to provide clients with insights and solutions for high-volume, document-intensive legal work.