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Macpherson Kelley appoints 2 special counsel

Mid-tier firm Macpherson Kelley has hired two new special counsel, bolstering its Brisbane property and Victorian family law teams, respectively.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 30 March 2023 Big Law
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Ben Webster has joined the firm’s property law team in Brisbane, bringing with him experience of working with clients that have included listed companies, banks, private property developers, property trusts, private corporations, partnerships, and individual investors.

Principal Melanie Gebbels said that Mr Webster’s commercial background and experience working on diverse and complex matters would lend itself well to the team’s upcoming priorities for 2023.


“The breadth of Ben’s existing expertise will help us expand our current capabilities out of the Brisbane office, but it’s not the only reason we’re so pleased to have Ben join,” she said.

“Our Brisbane office holds an exceptionally high standard of client service, so when we heard about Ben’s passion for straight-talking advice and client service excellence — we knew we had the right fit.”

Elsewhere, Sheryl Barker is the newest special counsel in the firm’s Victoria-based family law team and is — the firm said — a “go-to adviser that cares deeply about resolving family law disputes in a calm and measured fashion”.

Principal Brendan Herbert said: “Sheryl is just another invaluable resource for clients seeking to resolve family law disputes in a manner that is both compassionate and outcome focussed.

“Sheryl has that unique ability to validate a client’s experience while simultaneously providing purpose-driven advice that deescalates what is often a stressful experience.”

The firm said it is “thrilled” to welcome both special counsel to its ranks.