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Gadens promotes 7 to partner

National law firm Gadens is the latest BigLaw firm to unveil a new cohort of partners, with seven making the grade. With this new round of promotions, the firm has elevated nine to the partnership so far this year, and 40 per cent of that partnership is now female.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 15 June 2023 Big Law
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Gadens — which has offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney — has elevated seven lawyers to its national partnership.

The naming of the seven to the partnership means that women now make up 40 per cent of those leadership ranks. And, with the promoted cohort, Gadens has now appointed nine new partners across the country since the start of the year.

The firm’s newest partners are Adam Walker (Melbourne), Andrew Mackenzie (Brisbane), Daniel Maroske (Brisbane), Lara Cresser (Brisbane), Matthew Lunney (Sydney), Melissa Phillips (Melbourne) and Sean Prater (Sydney).


The promotions, Gadens said in a statement, “build on our existing market profile and support our vision to be a leading law firm empowered by creativity and driven by passion”.

The news follows recent promotions rounds at fellow BigLaw firms, including the naming of three new partners at Thomson Geer last week; the elevation of 18 at the start of June at Johnson Winter Slattery; 35 senior promotions at Lander & Rogers in early June; four senior hires for MinterEllison’s consulting arm a fortnight ago; seven to partner at Moray & Agnew in late May; three new partners at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, also in late May; seven named as special counsel at Clyde & Co in early May; two new partners at DLA Piper as announced in late April; three new partners at Allen & Overy from April; seven to counsel roles at Herbert Smith Freehills in the same week and 10 to partner in Australia a week earlier; and the elevation of 13 to the partnership at Ashurst in mid-April.

The promotion of these seven to partner follows Gadens’ elevation of Bryony Binns and Joanne Moss (both Sydney) to the partnership earlier this year.

Speaking about the promotions, Gadens national chairman Jeremy Smith said: “These individuals are all exceptional lawyers who have demonstrated dedication and deep commitment to our clients.”

“Their achievements not only reflect their own professional growth but also the firm’s continuous pursuit of excellence. As we celebrate this significant milestone, we look forward to the invaluable contributions our partners will bring to our firm’s continued success,” he proclaimed.

“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to our newly promoted partners.”

The promotions are effective as of 1 July.