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2 Australians make partner in 72-strong round at DLA Piper

BigLaw firm DLA Piper has unveiled its global promotions round, with two Australians being promoted to the partnership ranks.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 28 April 2023 Big Law
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Alexander Samson (corporate, Brisbane) and Clancy King (employment, Sydney) have both been named as partners in DLA Piper’s round of 72 additions to its global partnership.

The pair will assume their new roles on 1 May, as will the other new partners in Asia-Pacific (APAC) region and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

The United States and Continental Europe fared best in terms of new partners, with 23 each, followed by the United Kingdom, with 13. Overall, the firm has made partner promotions in 42 offices across 20 countries.


DLA Piper’s corporate practice group has seen the biggest intake of new partners, with 18. It was closely followed by 12 in both litigation and IP and tech, then finance, projects and restructuring with 10 each, employment with seven, real estate with five, tax with four and regulatory and government affairs with four.  

DLA Piper Australian managing partner Amber Matthews said: “Alexander and Clancy always go the extra mile and have demonstrated strong client focus. Their advice is valued for its pragmatism, expertise and strategic nous.”

Ms King noted: “Given our multi-jurisdictional capabilities, and the depth of our sector experience, we’re uniquely placed to assist global clients on employment matters. As partner, I’ll be focused on extending these capabilities even further.”

And Mr Samson said: “I’m looking forward to continuing to support our clients, particularly here in Queensland, where there is so much growth potential in the ENR sector. Areas such as battery metals, and energy transition, will present many opportunities for growth and diversification in the years ahead.”

The news follows three Australians being promoted to partner at Allen & Overy overnight on Wednesday (26 April), the promotion of 13 Australians to partner at Ashurst in mid-April, 10 to partner at Herbert Smith Freehills the next day (as well as seven to counsel earlier this week), the naming of a new chief financial officer at Colin Biggers & Paisley on Wednesday, and the appointment of two new principals at Russell Kennedy, also reported this week.

The news also follows DLA Piper’s addition of a new partner in Brisbane last month, as well as the appointment of a former federal judge as a senior adviser back in February.

Speaking about the promotions round, DLA Piper global co-chief executive Simon Levine said that the firm is “committed to providing our clients with the highest levels of service as a trusted business partner”.

“We do this within the framework of our values of being supportive, collaborative, bold and exceptional,” he said.

“The newly appointed partners are true advocates of these values, making a demonstrable contribution to the success and growth of our firm.”

Fellow global co-chief executive and global co-chair of the Americas, Frank Ryan, added: “We are transforming how a global law firm serves the world’s most aspiring businesses.

“Each of these attorneys plays a role in achieving new standards of excellence in how we represent our clients, develop our people, and serve our communities. We are proud to welcome them to our partnership.”