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Seyfarth achieves 50:50 gender split in partnership

Seyfarth, the Australian arm of global law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP, has named two new partners, meaning the firm now has gender parity in its partnership.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 03 February 2023 Big Law
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Justine Giuliani and Philippa Noakes (both pictured) have been named as the newest partners at Seyfarth, bringing the number of Australian partners to 12.

The promotion of the pair to the firm’s partnership represents the third and fourth promotions from within the team since the Australian offices of Seyfarth opened in Australia in 2013.

Ms Giuliani, the firm said in a statement, focuses her practice on advising clients on the employment and industrial aspects of multifaceted restructures and other workplace change programs, while Ms Noakes has a “wide-ranging” employment and industrial relations practice working with leading employers across Australia.


Elsewhere, Stephen Crilly has been elevated to counsel.

Speaking about the promotions, Seyfarth managing partner Darren Perry said: “This year, Seyfarth celebrates 10 years in Australia. Since opening, we have become the premier firm for high-impact advisory and high-stakes litigation for major employers in Australia. The promotion of Justine and Philippa to partner, and Steve to counsel, is part of our strategy to continue the growth of our practice as we continue to serve leading employers.”

“Justine, Philippa and Steve have been with us from the early days. It is pleasing to be able to continue building our practice with outstanding homegrown talent,” he noted.

When asked by Lawyers Weekly about achieving gender parity in the partnership, Mr Perry proclaimed: “As a market-leading employment law practice, it makes sense for us to lead the market on gender diversity in our leadership team. Seyfarth has a focus on diversity and inclusion, so we are pleased to have a 50:50 split on gender in the Australian partnership.

“While these promotions are based solely on merit, gender diversity in leadership makes business sense. The research says that organisations that have gender diversity in leadership perform better than their peers and result in better business decisions most of the time.”

Seyfarth Shaw LLP has over 900 lawyers across 17 offices worldwide.