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Hamilton Locke elevates 14 across firm, 1 in allied business

Hamilton Locke has promoted 14 staff across Australia and New Zealand, including two to the partnership, and named a new executive director within its allied business.

user iconLauren Croft 27 June 2023 Big Law
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Effective 1 July, James Tannock and Maggie Chang will be promoted to the partnership, in addition to the promotion of four special counsel and eight senior associates.

Being promoted from special counsel, Mr Tannock specialises in cross-border and domestic merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions, acquisition and fund structuring and shareholder arrangements, particularly for private equity and other private capital clients.

Based in the firm’s New Zealand office, Ms Chang will also be promoted once she has completed the New Zealand Law Society requirements. She specialises in M&A, venture capital investments and private equity transactions.


The following senior associates have been promoted to special counsel: Monty Loughlin, Eliza Buchanan, Adriaan Van der Merwe and Jessica Smith.

In addition, a number of lawyers and associates have been promoted to senior associate: Camilla Vadas, Cormac Foley, Emil Conradie, Joshua Mills, Julian Ilett, Nicholas Achurch, Nicholas Pavouris and Pravneel Chaudhary.

Hamilton Locke has also unveiled a further promotion in its allied business, Source, effective 1 July 2022, with company secretary Sarah Wilson promoted to executive director.

Commenting on the promotions, managing partner Nick Humphrey said that the promotions would further enhance the strategic direction of the firm and drive growth.

“As we continue to grow and strengthen our commitment to providing exceptional legal services, we are delighted to recognise the hard work, dedication and expertise of our outstanding professionals. These individuals have consistently demonstrated exceptional acumen, client dedication and strong leadership skills. They have exhibited a remarkable commitment to our clients, have consistently displayed outstanding leadership qualities, and have made significant contributions to our firm’s success,” he said.

“We believe in recognising and nurturing talent, and these promotions reflect our ongoing commitment to fostering a culture of excellence and professional growth. We are immensely proud of the achievements of our newly promoted team members and have every confidence in their ability to deliver exceptional outcomes for our clients.”

The news also follows recent promotions rounds in the profession, including: HopgoodGanim’s promotion of 25, including four to partner yesterday (Monday, 26 June); Hicksons’ promotion of 10, also yesterday; McCabes’ elevation of 13 to more senior roles, also on Monday; 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.