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Clyde & Co names 7 new special counsel in Australia

Global law firm Clyde & Co has elevated seven professionals in Australia to special counsel, just a fortnight after naming its new global equity partners.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 08 May 2023 Big Law
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Clyde & Co has made 13 senior lawyer promotions across the Asia-Pacific region, including seven in Australia, all of whom have been elevated to the role of special counsel.

The firm’s newest special counsel are Riley Gay (insurance and litigation, Melbourne), Eric Cabrera (technology and media, Sydney), Dominique Mayo (litigation and regulatory investigations, Brisbane), Laura Newton (incident management and regulatory investigations, Sydney), William Page (disputes, Melbourne), Jennifer Robbins (litigation and insurance, Brisbane) and Lucinda Stormont-Sainsbury (insurance, Sydney).


The news follows the firm’s promotion, in late April, of Stefanie Luhrs — who works in the firm’s cyber practice in its Brisbane office — to equity partner, as part of a global cohort of 26 named to the equity partnership.

It also follows the firm’s taking of a team from Gadens last week, as well as its naming of a new Australian managing partner, Lucinda Lyons, back in October of last year.

Ms Lyons told Lawyers Weekly: “Being promoted to legal director or special counsel is a significant achievement in the career of a lawyer and a major milestone on the way to a potential future promotion to partner.”

“Our new senior lawyers all demonstrate impressive skills as well as the behaviours and attitude we most value in all our people. Every one of them has significant technical and commercial acumen and has demonstrated an ability to excel with clients, build relationships with them and understand their needs.”

“I am proud to say that our new legal directors and special counsel have also been recognised for their skills in supporting and managing their respective teams to help everyone fulfil their potential and succeed in their careers,” Ms Lyons concluded.

Elsewhere, the firm promoted six lawyers to either counsel or legal director roles in its Singapore and Hong Kong offices as part of its latest senior promotions round.