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HSF promotes 46 to senior associate

Two months after naming 10 new partners and seven new counsel in Australia, global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has elevated 46 lawyers to senior associate Down Under.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 27 June 2023 Big Law
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Herbert Smith Freehills has named 46 new senior associates in anticipation of the new financial year. The promotions come across a range of the firm’s practice areas, including competition, regulation and trade, corporate, disputes, employment, industrial relations and safety, finance, projects, energy and infrastructure, and real estate.

The news follows HSF’s elevation of 10 lawyers to its partnership in Australia in mid-April, followed by its promotion of five to executive counsel and two to special counsel in late April.

According to Kristin Stammer — who was named as HSF’s new executive partner in Australia and Asia in mid-December — the promotions reflect the firm’s “unwavering commitment to growing its people and ensuring it delivers outstanding results for clients”.


“To continue to deliver the market-leading work that sets us apart, we need to bring the very best people to the table — at all times and in all climates,” she proclaimed.

“We have big ambitions for our people and will continue to offer them outstanding opportunities to develop professionally and personally within their careers.”

“We want to be the law firm of choice for our clients and the employer of choice for our people,” Ms Stammer continued.

“Congratulations to our new senior associates. They all have outstanding technical legal expertise, an unwavering focus on clients, and strong leadership capabilities that have set them on this path to success as they take this deserved career step.”

The firm’s new senior associates are Emily Whitaker, Damien Devnarain, Matt Dulaney, Danielle Farrell, Kurt Fisher, Marine Giral, Alex Hodsman, Kosta Hountalas, Raj Mathew, Dan Miles, Adam Ong, Taseen Rafi, Rhys Ryan, Lauren Woo, Maxine Byrne, Sam Bytheway, Rumesh Gnanaseelan, Annabelle Green, David Gurman, Emily Hall, Georgina Ingleton, Maddison Ives, Peter Keeves, Imogen Kenny, Inigo Kwan-Parsons, Georgina Landon, Nikita Malhotra, Thomas McClintock, Anitha Reddy, Sarah Webster, Rhiannon Zarro, Alexander Moddel, Marin Zubonja, Bobby Chen, Nicholas Gerovasilis, Andrew Julian, Edward Love, Nabila Prata Dos Santos, Omer Rom, Xander Nguyen-Meachem, Hugh Pegler, Brigitte Rheinberger, Kirsten Whitburn, Jordana Cawood, Joel McDonald, and Tom O’Sullivan.

The promotions are effective as of 1 July.

The news also follows recent promotions rounds in the profession, including: the promotion of 12, including three to partner, at Arnold Bloch Leibler earlier today (Tuesday, 27 June); Holding Redlich’s promotion of 41 lawyers to more senior roles, also on Tuesday; Hamilton Locke’s elevation of 14 across its firm and one in its allied business, also earlier today; 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.

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