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HopgoodGanim elevates 25, including 4 to partner

HopgoodGanim has promoted 25 practitioners (14 of whom are women) to more senior roles, including four to partner, in a move the firm said will support its next phase of growth.

user iconLauren Croft 26 June 2023 Big Law
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HopgoodGanim Lawyers has promoted 25 lawyers and added four to its partnership, effective 1 July.

As part of the promotions round, Aaron Alcock, Anthony Pitt and Tim Edwards have been promoted to partner, bringing the total partnership to 42 in Brisbane and Perth.

Mr Alcock focuses on resolving disputes involving resources and energy projects, property, technology and intellectual property. His practice extends to contract disputes, trade practice actions, property disputes, leasing disputes and mortgage disputes.


Mr Pitt specialises in property-related litigation, and his clients include property owners and developers, landlords, manufactured home park owners and bodies corporate.

Mr Edwards is experienced in all types of litigation and disputes, insolvency, and the emerging area of digital assets. He advises businesses of all sizes working in or interacting in the digital assets space — particularly in his specialty area of dispute resolution.

Additionally, James Plumb has been appointed as a partner, joining from Carter Newell.

Mr Plumb is a lateral hire and joins the resources and energy practice with two decades of experience, something that will add value to the firm’s current energy offering, according to managing partner elect Luke Mountford, who assumes the firm leadership role in July.

“HopgoodGanim is delighted James has joined our national resources and energy practice, bringing our number of partners firmwide to 42 as we deepen our expertise across key sectors and industries,” said Mr Mountford.

“James has a strong reputation in the oil and gas sector that complements our existing strengths delivering exceptional outcomes for clients across major projects, including in fossil fuels, renewables, hard rock mining and critical minerals.”

In addition, HopgoodGanim has elevated seven special counsel, seven senior associates and seven new associates.

“Each of these practitioners continues to deliver exceptional outcomes to our clients,” Mr Mountford added.

“We are proud to recognise their significant contributions, and it is an exciting time at HopgoodGanim as we begin our next phase of growth.”

Outside of the partner promotions, female lawyers represent the majority of HopgoodGanim’s internal promotions, with 14 female lawyers promoted, including seven female lawyers promoted to special counsel, five to associate and two to senior associate.

The newest special counsel at the firm are Adele Garnett, Briar Francis, Catherine Nufer-Barr, Elizabeth Harvey, Hayley Harvey, Janelle Metcalf and Rebecca Edwards.

The following have been promoted to senior associate: Chris Cullen, Elliott Baldwin, Garrett Pearce, Jacinta Cafe, Jon Stynes, Luke Smith and Tayla Gorman.

Lastly, Ella Hooper, John Hickey, Lily Robinson, Rose Burbery, Samantha Farrelly, Sarah Buchanan, and Tom Copley have been promoted to associate.

The news also follows recent promotions rounds in the profession, including: the elevation of 13 at national law firm McCabes, King & Wood Mallesons’ promotion of 77 lawyers, including 44 to senior associate, on Friday, 23 June; Wotton + Kearney elevated 34, including four to partner, also on Friday; Barry Nilsson promoting 21 on Thursday, 22 June; 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 on the 19th; six new partners in Australia at King & Wood Mallesons announced on 16 June; the promotion of seven to partner at Gadens on 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 earlier this month; 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.