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PCL Lawyers elevates 8, including 4 to partner

National law firm PCL Lawyers has promoted eight lawyers to senior roles, including four partners across a variety of practice areas.

user iconLauren Croft 29 June 2023 Big Law
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Full-service firm PCL Lawyers has continued to grow in a number of practice areas, promoting four partners, one associate partner and three senior associates.

The new partners are Emma Restall and Harish Nair, both members of the building and construction team, Douglas McMillan in the family law team, and Chris Karatselios, who will head up the firm’s commercial practice.

In addition to the partner appointments, Ian Isaacs has been elevated to the position of associate partner.


Philip Drew and Tayla Williamson have also been promoted to senior associate. Mr Drew is a “trusted adviser in the wills and estates practice”, and Ms Williamson is an “integral member of the building and construction team”, according to the firm.

PCL Lawyers also promoted Joanna Shaft to senior associate, in a move effective earlier this year.

Glenn Duker, managing partner at PCL Lawyers, expressed his enthusiasm for the promotions and the continued growth of the firm.

“These well-earned promotions are a testament to the exceptional commitment our lawyers have demonstrated to their clients and to the PCL brand. We are proud to recognise their contributions and to invest in their continued growth and development,” he said.

“We are proud of the exceptional services we offer our clients, and our continued growth is a direct result of the trust they place in us. We remain steadfast in our commitment to providing top-notch representation and protecting the interests of our clients.”

The news also follows recent promotions rounds in the profession, including: Russell Kennedy’s promotion of 18, yesterday morning (Wednesday, 28 June); Slater & Gordon promoting 46; Holman Webb elevating eight and nabbing three new partners from BigLaw rivals; Herbert Smith Freehills’ elevation of 46 to senior associate on 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 on 27 June; 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.

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