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5 partners promoted at JWS

Independent firm Johnson Winter Slattery has promoted five lawyers to the partnership following the elevation of 18 earlier this month.

user iconLauren Croft 22 June 2023 Big Law
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The new partnership promotions, effective in July, follow the elevation of four special counsel and 14 senior associates in early June, as reported by Lawyers Weekly.

The new partners at JWS are Emily Barrett, Rebecca Cifelli, Eleanor Kwak and Kirsten Scott, with Byron Koster also rejoining the partnership after spending three years as a consultant.

Ms Barrett is a restructuring, insolvency and commercial litigation lawyer specialising in all aspects of external administrations, security enforcement, insolvency and commercial dispute resolution. She has experience in all facets of external administrations, from restructuring via deeds of company arrangement and other workouts through to litigation.


Ms Cifelli is a transactional and advisory lawyer specialising in projects and construction. She advises on complex projects across a broad range of sectors, with particular experience working with energy and resources clients.

Ms Kwak is a real estate lawyer specialising in social infrastructure, property development, property sales and acquisitions, commercial leasing, joint ventures and major projects. She has extensive experience acting on a wide range of transactions in the commercial, industrial and residential property sectors.

Ms Scott is a leading dispute resolution lawyer with expertise in white-collar crime. She specialises in contentious regulatory and enforcement matters from the investigation stage to defended administrative, civil, civil penalty and criminal proceedings. Her practice also has a strong focus on supporting clients in the energy and resources sector.

Mr Koster is a corporate lawyer specialising in public mergers and acquisitions and corporate law and is returning to partnership after three years as a consultant to the firm.

JWS managing partner Jeremy Davis said the firm was particularly pleased to see the promotion of such a strong group of internal lawyers to the partnership.

“This year’s promotions highlight the high calibre of talent within our firm. Each of our new partners has demonstrated outstanding technical expertise and client service, and we are delighted to see them progress to this significant milestone in their career,” he said.

The news also follows recent promotions rounds in the profession, including: Barry Nilsson promoting 21 earlier today (22 June), including three to principals; 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.