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Shine Lawyers names 2 new practice leaders

Listed national plaintiff firm Shine Lawyers has appointed two new practice leaders for its class actions teams in Brisbane and Sydney, respectively.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 31 March 2023 Big Law
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Sarah Thomson has been named as Shine’s new class actions practice leader in Brisbane, following seven years with the firm and having “established a reputation in the sector through her strong leadership and hard work on novel and technically challenging class actions”, the firm said.

Elsewhere, Jonathan Wertheim has been appointed as the firm’s new class actions practice leader in Sydney, after serving for five years at Shine and having been “instrumental in achieving many successful outcomes, including in class actions that have proceeded to trial and appeals”.

The firm is “excited”, it said, for the support that the pair will provide to their teams and the expanded opportunities the new structure will bring for its staff.


Speaking about the appointments, Shine joint head of class actions Vicky Antzoulatos said: “Sarah and Jonathan are both formidable litigators whose wealth of experience has already proven invaluable.

“They’ve hit the ground running in their new roles, and I speak for everybody at the firm when I say how excited I am to see what they’ll accomplish in the future.”

Shine joint head of class actions Craig Allsopp added: “These two outstanding individuals have shown a natural skill for leadership and will be pivotal in taking Shine’s class actions practice to the next level.

“Jonathan and I have worked closely together for many years now. It’s an absolute delight, though entirely unsurprising, to see him continuing to flourish.”

Ms Thomson said that “Shine’s class actions practice is going through an almost unprecedented period of growth, and it’s a privilege to be stepping into a role [that] will help guide and shape the future of this team”.

“There’s a raft of new matters we’re investigating and engaging with funders to develop. I look forward to being able to announce details of those actions in due course,” she posited.

And Mr Wertheim submitted that “Shine has made it clear that class actions is a highly significant part of the business, so to play a key role in helping the firm continue to grow our practice is a really exciting challenge”.

“I’m looking forward to further supporting the development of our younger practitioners, giving them exposure to interesting and high-quality work and helping them achieve their goals and career progression at the firm,” he said.