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K&L Gates continues to take from HWL Ebsworth

Last month, global law firm K&L Gates added three partners from BigLaw rival HWL Ebsworth for its corporate and asset management and investment funds practice. Now, it has added another partner from HWL, who is bringing four lawyers with her. 

user iconJerome Doraisamy 30 January 2023 Big Law
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Naomi Philp has been appointed as a partner in the corporate practice of K&L Gates’ Sydney office, and has brought lawyers Ariane Demetriou, Emily Hood and Dhivya Kalyanakumar, and graduate Alex Lalor with her to the global firm.

The five lawyers will commence at the firm this week.

The news follows the nabbing of three partners, also in corporate and asset management and investment funds, from HWL in December of last year.


Ms Philp’s move to K&L Gates sees her reunited with those three partners (James Lonie, Natalya Hards and Lisa Lautier).

As a result of her move, the global firm’s corporate and asset management and investment funds team in Australia has expanded to boast 25 partners.

Speaking about the hiring of the new team, K&L Gates corporate practice leader Chris Nikou said: “The hiring of Naomi and her team to our Corporate practice is a significant addition of experience and depth that will continue to allow us to provide a high level of client service in key areas of importance to our clients.”

“With five new corporate partners over the past two months, we are demonstrating the ambitions we have for our clients and for the continuing growth of the practice,” he said.

K&L Gates Australian managing partner Nick Nichola added: “We are very pleased to welcome Naomi and her team to K&L Gates. The addition of nine new partners across the firm over the past few weeks is a significant step towards our goal of growing K&L Gates in the Australian market, with a seamless link into the firm’s global platform that spans five continents.”

“Our latest appointments are in areas of high client demand and we will continue to seek opportunities to deepen our Australian offering to clients,” he posited.

The nabbing of the team follows fellow BigLaw firm Wotton + Kearney’s recent poaching of a team from Corrs Chambers Westgarth, as well as its appointment of a team from MinterEllison.

The news also follows HWL Ebsworth’s recent promotion of 80 lawyers.

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