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K&L Gates adds 11th partner since December

Global law firm K&L Gates has continued to bolster its partnership ranks, this time with a Sydney-based real estate partner from BigLaw practice Arnold Bloch Leibler.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 04 March 2023 Big Law
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Jennifer McCosker (pictured) has joined K&L Gates, marking the second new partner in the firm’s real estate practice in recent times, following the promotion of Damiano Castelli to the partnership in January.

Ms McCosker is the seventh new partner to join the firm’s Sydney office in the last three months.

Her arrival follows the promotion of 21 lawyers in December, the nabbing of three partners from HWL Ebsworth in the same month, another partner and her team from HWL in January, and the hiring of a general counsel for the firm’s asset management and investment funds team in February.


Ms McCosker has, K&L Gates said in a statement, advised a number of Australia’s leading commercial property investors and developers on a wide range of transactions, including large-scale property and development finance matters and the sale and acquisition of commercial, retail, industrial and mixed-use properties.

“Well known for her commercial approach, McCosker’s cross-border experience sets her apart in the industry and enables her to adeptly service global institutions (in both the private equity and debt markets) when directing their real estate investments into Australia,” the firm proclaimed.

Speaking about the new partner hire, K&L Gates Australian managing partner Nick Nichola said: “We are really pleased to welcome Jennifer to K&L Gates as our 11th new partner appointment in Australia since December.

“Jennifer’s addition is further investment into a key area of client demand and in a sector of great importance to the Australian economy. Her experience within the sector at both a national and international level will fit in perfectly with the opportunities available within the K&L Gates global platform.”

The firm’s real estate practice leader, Sandra Steele, added: “Our clients in the real estate sector are dealing with some economic headwinds, such as rising interest rates and supply chain issues that are lifting the cost of materials and construction.

“It is vital that we remain close to our clients and provide commercially focused advice during what is a testing time. Jennifer’s arrival will further bolster our team in this area and allow us to continue to deliver the highest level of service to our clients.”