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Russell Kennedy elevates 18

National law firm Russell Kennedy has promoted 18 lawyers to more senior roles ahead of the end of the financial year, bringing its partnership to 52.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 28 June 2023 Big Law
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Russell Kennedy (RK) is the latest national law firm to reveal its newly promoted lawyers, in anticipation of FY24, with one joining its partnership as a principal, four being elevated to special counsel, six being promoted to senior associate, and seven being named as associate.

Tanya Bloom is the firm’s newest principal, bringing the firm’s partnership to 52.

Women now make up 46 per cent of principals at the firm, RK said in a statement, up from 28 per cent when its gender equality strategy was released back in 2017.


Late last year, the firm unveiled a 40:40:20 approach.

The firm’s new special counsel are Abbey Burns, Emma Fitzgibbon, Kate Littlewood, and Michael Tsiavlis.

Its new senior associates are Audrey Capasso, Emily Kidd, Karmen Markis, Ellen McSweeney, Olga Nazha, and Mitch Watkins.

And the newest associates are Kathryn Bastounas, Declan Canavan, Matthew Goessler, Maria Gomes, Christopher Littlewood, Courtney Morath, and Emma Perconte.

All promotions are effective as of 1 July.

Speaking about the promotions round, RK managing director Paul Gleeson said that the firm’s people are its greatest asset.

“We believe in providing them with meaningful opportunities to excel in their careers and develop into future leaders,” he posited.

“These promotions not only celebrate the individual achievements of these outstanding lawyers but also reinforce our unwavering commitment to investing in people so they can reach their full potential.”

The news follows the firm’s recent addition of two principals in late April.

The news also follows recent promotions rounds in the profession, including: Herbert Smith Freehills’ elevation of 46 to senior associate yesterday (Tuesday, 27 June); the promotion of 12, including three to partner, at Arnold Bloch Leibler, also on Tuesday; Holding Redlich’s promotion of 41 lawyers to more senior roles, also yesterday; Hamilton Locke’s elevation of 14 across its firm and one in its allied business, on Tuesday; HopgoodGanim’s promotion of 25, including four to partner on Monday, 26 June; Hicksons’ promotion of 10, also on Monday; 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.

As Russell Kennedy continues to expand its reach and enhance its capabilities, the firm proclaimed, it remains dedicated to attracting and retaining top talent and embracing emerging trends and technologies.

“The firm’s focus on high performance, innovation, connectivity, and professional development ensures its lawyers are equipped with the skills and resources needed to address complex legal challenges for clients, both now and into the future,” it concluded.