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Hall & Wilcox poaches team for Perth office

National law firm Hall & Wilcox has nabbed a partner, three lawyers and a paralegal for its growing commercial and private clients practices while also adding two private clients special counsel in Perth and Brisbane, respectively.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 16 February 2023 Big Law
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Hall & Wilcox has moved to expand its West Australian presence with the appointment of a team from West Perth-based boutique Summers Legal to grow its commercial practice and national private clients and estates practice.

McLane Edinger (pictured), a partner, has joined Hall & Wilcox and has brought with him lawyers Casey Bombara, Sophia Aguasa and Daniel Nugawela, and paralegal Alex Crowhurst.

In recent months, there has been a string of BigLaw firms poaching teams and sets of partners from their rivals in the big end of town.


These include: Thomson Geer taking a team of eight from HopgoodGanim Lawyers earlier this week, Wotton + Kearney’s adding of a team from Corrs Chambers Westgarth in mid-January and its taking of a team from MinterEllison the following week, K&L Gates appointing three partners from HWL Ebsworth in December and then another partner and four more lawyers from the same firm in late January, and Bartier Perry taking four partners from mid-tier firm Coleman Greig earlier in February.

These latest developments follow a string of poachings in Perth in 2022, the sum of which was reported by way of an in-depth exploration of the West Australian market in November.

Hall & Wilcox’s private clients practice is also being bolstered by the appointment of two new special counsel — Janene Bon in Perth and Laura Hanrahan in Brisbane.

Mr Edinger, a litigator, has a “particular focus” on private client and estate disputes, including contested wills and estates, estate and trust disputes, superannuation disputes, and guardianship and administration and elder disputes, the BigLaw firm said in a statement.

Speaking about the appointment of Mr Edinger and his team, Hall & Wilcox managing partner Tony Macvean said the addition of the new team “continues the strong growth” of the firm’s commercial practice in the West Australian market.

“McLane’s appointment also bolsters our market-leading national private clients practice. Estate and trust disputes is a growing part of this practice, and we think that McLane can play a leadership role in this practice nationally,” he said.

“We are excited to welcome McLane and the team to Hall & Wilcox. We think that they will be an excellent fit.”

Mr Edinger added: “I am thrilled to join Hall & Wilcox and Australia’s pre-eminent private clients team.

“I look forward to working closely with my team to grow the private clients practice in WA, but also to add further expertise and resources nationally.”