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Holman Webb promotes 8, adds 2 partners from Piper Alderman, hires Wotton + Kearney special counsel as partner

National firm Holman Webb has promoted eight lawyers and added three partners — two of whom came from rival BigLaw firm Piper Alderman, and one of whom joins from international firm Wotton + Kearney, where she was a special counsel.

user iconLauren Croft 28 June 2023 Big Law
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National insurance, corporate and commercial law firm Holman Webb Lawyers has expanded its capability in several teams to support ongoing growth with the addition of three partners and the elevation of eight lawyers.

The new partners are Angelina Kozary, Greg Conomos and Vahini Chetty.

Ms Kozary has joined Holman Webb’s Sydney-based commercial recovery and insolvency team and joins from Piper Alderman, where she spent six years, four of which as a partner.


Mr Conomos also joins from Piper Alderman into Holman Webb’s Sydney-based business, corporate and commercial team and has over 15 years of experience in the banking and finance sector.

Ms Chetty returns to Holman Webb from Wotton + Kearney after leaving in 2018 as a senior associate, and she will lead the firm’s insurance practice in Melbourne.

In relation to these new partner hires, Holman Webb chairman Wendy MacDonnell said 2023 will continue to be a year of growth for the firm.

“I am truly delighted to announce these new partner hires, which has come about as part of Holman Webb’s ongoing plan for strategic and continuous growth. 2023 is turning out to be a stellar year for Holman Webb Lawyers,” she said.

“These partner acquisitions are an integral part of our strategic plan to grow our team and to support our clients. These three exceptional partners bring a wealth of experience to our award-winning team.”

In addition to the new partner appointments, Andrew Tanna has been promoted to associate partner and Funda Karabacak to special counsel.

Perry Peralta, Lysette Yates and Sgandeep Singh have been promoted to senior associate.

Finally, Mithrah Baskaran, Julie Pourtarvirdi, and Srishti Mahant have been elevated to associate.

“The recent round of promotions is recognition of the hard work and dedication each of these individuals contribute to deliver great outcomes for our clients and for the benefit of our firm. Congratulations, all,” Ms MacDonnell added.

The news follows recent promotions rounds in the profession, including: Russell Kennedy’s promotion of 18, earlier this morning (Wednesday, 28 June); Slater and Gordon promoting 47, also today; 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 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.