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McCullough Robertson appoints 1st female chair

Independent law firm McCullough Robertson has appointed its first-ever female chair, in addition to a number of other changes to its leadership team as it approaches its 100-year anniversary. 

user iconLauren Croft 14 September 2022 Big Law
McCullough Robertson appoints 1st female chair
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McCullough Robertson Lawyers today (14 September) revealed a number of changes to the executive leadership team, including the appointment of Kristan Conlon as chair of partners — the firm’s first female chair. 

Currently a senior partner and head of the real estate team, Ms Conlon started at McCullough Robertson as a graduate in 1998 and has been a partner since 2007. She has extensive strategic leadership experience within the firm, having served several terms on the executive leadership team and holding various team and business unit operational leadership roles since 2013. She is deputy chair of yourtown, chair of Community Housing Industry Association Queensland, vice-president of the Committee for Brisbane, member of the Queensland Law Society property and development law committee, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

This news follows the launch of the firm’s ESG business, McR ESG, in July this year, as well as the appointment of three partners, six special counsel and five senior associates in the firm’s July 2022 promotion round

 
 

Ms Conlon takes up her new position immediately, replacing Reece Walker, who has held the position of chair since 2019 and has been an executive leadership team member since 2016. Mr Walker is stepping down to focus exclusively on his corporate practice. 

“Kristan is a genuine team player and always prioritises the firm’s best interests, respecting its rich history but also looking to the future,” Mr Walker said. 

“She is the epitome of the firm’s values of ‘down to earth’, ‘committed’, ‘commercial’ and ‘generous’, and I am excited to see her lead the firm towards its centenary and beyond.”

Joining Ms Conlon as part of the executive leadership team are Sydney-based digital and technology partner Alex Hutchens, Brisbane-based corporate partner Aaron Dahl, and existing member and Brisbane-based tax partner David Hughes. Damien Clarke and Guy Humble continue as joint managing partners. 

Commenting on her new appointment, Ms Conlon said she was excited to step into her new role after being with the firm for over two decades. 

“Having grown up at McCullough Robertson, I am very proud and excited to take on the role of chair of partners, and to continue working with the executive leadership team and partners to further our growth as we head towards our 100th year. 

“I would like to acknowledge and thank Reece, and Jason Munstermann, head of Sydney, for their significant and ongoing contributions to the firm,” she said.