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Wotton + Kearney promotes 34, including 4 to partner

International law firm Wotton + Kearney has named four new partners, 11 new special counsel, seven new senior associates and 12 new associates across its eight offices in Australia and New Zealand.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 23 June 2023 Big Law
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Wotton + Kearney — which has offices in Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, and Wellington — is the latest BigLaw firm to make a promotions round in anticipation of the new financial year, with 34 professionals being elevated to more senior roles.

The promotions, the firm said in a statement, continue its expansion and “high calibre of home-grown talent” across key insurance lines and areas of strong growth, including cyber and technology, health, commercial litigation, and pro bono.

The firm has named four new partners Tom Cavanagh (financial lines, Sydney), Leanne Ho (pro bono, Sydney), Stephen Morrissey (technology liability, Sydney), and Shane Swinerd (property, Wellington).


The promotion of the quartet to the partnership ranks sees the firm’s number of partners swell to 76 across its eight offices.

The firm’s newest special counsel are Tully Anders, Samuel Barker, Sophie Crowther, Amanda De Souza, Chad Farah, Manja Lalovic, Ryan Loney, Sam McNally, Nat Orola, Dena Paterson, and Lauren White.

Its new senior associates are Rachel Baker, Matt Boyce, Alana Davison, Mikaela Mahony, India Mason-Cox, Renata Romeo, and Bryce Stevens.

And its new associates are Tom Arranga, Emma Atkins, Gina Groskops, Meg Kaye, Claudia Kelly, Seth Lee, Regina Nguyen, Jorge Nicholas, Hamshini Sathiyamoorthy, Michelle Sin, Carmen Yong, and Denisa Zezulka.

The news follows the firm’s appointment of a class actions partner from King & Wood Mallesons in early March, as well as its addition of a team from MinterEllison in January, and poaching of a team from Corrs Chambers Westgarth, also in January.

Speaking about the promotions round, W+K chief executive partner David Kearney said: “It’s fantastic to see Wotton + Kearney continuing to grow so strongly.

“Our growth is a testament to our people-first culture and commitment to recognising emerging talent and growing the ranks of our senior specialists in key insurance lines, cyber and technology, commercial litigation and pro bono.”

The news also follows recent promotions rounds in the profession, including: Barry Nilsson promoting 21 yesterday (22 June), including three to principals; Hall & Wilcox promoting 48, including five to partner, on 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, followed by its promotion of five to partner in late June; 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.