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Mills Oakley hires 3 new partners

National firm Mills Oakley has welcomed three new partners to its ranks from several rival firms in Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane.

user iconLauren Croft 13 March 2023 Big Law
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The three new additions to the Mills Oakley offices bring the total number of partner appointments in 2023 so far to six. 

The latest partner hires are Lisa Quilty, who joins from King & Wood Mallesons; Brent van Staden, from Colin Biggers & Paisley; and Greg Lee, who previously worked at ClarkeKann.


This comes after national law firm McCabes added four new principals on Friday (March 10). 

This news also follows the recent appointments of partner Stephen Hill, who leads the new Mills Oakley Adelaide office, as well as partners Marc Rossi and Gaurav de Fontgalland

Ms Quilty joins the firm’s Canberra office and has nearly 20 years of experience providing strategic advice on a broad range of business-critical and legal issues to both government and private clients. She provides advice with respect to issues arising in tort and contract law, public and product liability, insurance, workers’ compensation, medical negligence, professional indemnity, recoveries and consumer law.

Mr van Staden joins Mills Oakley Brisbane and has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate, mining and commercial law — both in professional practice in Australia, the United Kingdom and South Africa — and as in-house counsel for one of South Africa’s largest companies.

Mr Lee joins the firm’s Sydney office and advises on property and construction matters across the full development cycle from concept to completion. Having led the real estate and projects team at ClarkeKann, his expertise covers negotiations and preparing all types of documentation necessary for project due diligence, acquisitions and sales, joint venture agreements, structuring, development agreements, leases, licenses, easements, commercial agreements and project delivery.

Commenting on the new hires, Mills Oakley CEO John Nerurker said: “Despite the gloomy economic narrative dominating the news, we are optimistic about business activity in 2023, and we are prepared to back that sentiment by adding capacity in key strategic practices across our national network. We welcome our new colleagues and look forward to supporting their journey at Mills Oakley.”