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Barry Nilsson promotes 21

National law firm Barry Nilsson has elevated 21 professionals to more senior roles, including three to principal.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 22 June 2023 Big Law
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Barry Nilsson (BN) — which has offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney — is the latest BigLaw practice to round out the financial year with senior promotions, with 21 making the grade.

BN has named three new principals, two new special counsel, eight new senior associates and seven new associates, as well as elevated one professional in its business services team.

The firm’s new principals are Genevieve Morgan, Jason Hart, and Thea Davies (all pictured).


The elevation of the trio, BN noted, will bring the firm’s total number of principals to 40 and lift the percentage of women represented at principal level to 40 per cent.

“We’re thrilled to be able to recognise the efforts and achievements of Jason, Thea and Genevieve, reflecting their advanced technical ability, high standard of client service and strong contribution to client relationship development within their individual roles and practice areas, and as part of the wider BN team,” proclaimed BN chief executive Graeme Walsh.

“From the clients we work with and the quality of work we do, the training, professional development and career progression we offer, alongside the initiatives and benefits available across D&I, responsible business, work/life balance, flexibility, health and wellbeing, reward and recognition, and more — we are committed to upholding our reputation as an employer of choice in the legal market,” he said.

Elsewhere, the firm has promoted Melissa Carius and Sarah Carlisle to special counsel.

The new senior associates at BN are Brittany Anderson, Bryan Do, Evan Atkinson, Isaac Douglas, Isobel Yule, Mariella Kapetina, Michael Chen, and Sam Aljassim.

And its new associates are Amelia Keath, Anna-Lisa Tie, Bert Smallbone, Beth Royan, Claire Lacey, Jack Young, and Shakira Forghani.

Additionally, BN has elevated Anne Henriksen to the role of marketing coordinator in its business services team.

All promotions are effective as of 1 July.

“As a firm, we remain committed to nurturing talent and providing our people with career development opportunities that enable them to grow within their roles in order to deliver excellent outcomes for our clients,” Mr Walsh went on.

“We are thrilled to recognise these individuals who continue to uphold BN’s core values, display a high level of skill and talent in their areas of expertise, and deliver exceptional service — both to their clients and the firm.”

The news follows the firm’s taking of a team from global rival Norton Rose Fulbright in early April and the broadening of its Adelaide-based practice in early March with the nabbing of a team from national player Sparke Helmore.

The news also follows recent promotions rounds in the profession, including: Hall & Wilcox promoting 48, including five to partner, yesterday (Wednesday, 21 June); McCullough Robertson elevated 17 lawyers, including two to partner, on Tuesday (20 June); 55 being promoted as part of Mills Oakley’s EOFY promotions round on Monday (19 June); the promotion of 23 at Thomson Geer on the same day; the elevation of 26 to more senior roles at Piper Alderman, also unveiled on Monday; five new partners in Australia at King & Wood Mallesons announced last Friday (16 June); the promotion of seven to partner at Gadens last Thursday (15 June); 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.