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IPH promotes 25, including 7 principals

ASX-listed IPH Limited has promoted 25 across a number of its member firms and businesses, including seven new principal appointments.

user iconLauren Croft 29 June 2023 Big Law
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IP services group IPH Limited (ASX: IPH) has elevated 25 within member firms AJ Park, Griffith Hack, Pizzeys, Smart & Biggar, and Spruson & Ferguson, across 10 offices in six IP jurisdictions globally.

IPH employs more than 1,200 people working in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

At AJ Park, Duncan Schaut has been promoted to principal, Kate Giddens and Victoria Watts have been elevated to special counsel, Dr Paul Renwick, Daniel Thorpe and Ben Williams have been promoted to senior associate and Matt Currie to associate.


The new principals at Griffith Hack are Dr James-Robert Cram and Kerry Dick, and John Scicluna has been promoted to senior associate, with David Braund also being promoted to associate.

Daniel Anthony has been promoted to principal at Smart & Biggar, and Matthew Burt and Katie Lee have both been promoted to senior associate.

Andrew Rankine has also been promoted to principal in the Spruson & Ferguson Australia practice, with Charis Lam and Vivian Or elevated to principal in the Spruson & Ferguson Asia practice.

Additionally, in the Spruson & Ferguson Australia and Asia offices, Xiaoli Liu has been promoted to special counsel. The new senior associates at the firm are Dr Marie Kidd, Brendan Mezzapica and Brynn Bei, and the new associates are Connie Land, Taryn Francis and Dr Vivian Ng.

The promotions are all effective as of 1 July.

IPH managing director and chief executive Dr Andrew Blattman said that the promotions are a huge achievement.

“We pride ourselves in partnering with the world’s leading brands to protect their innovations in expanding markets, and our talented people are central to delivering on this purpose,” Dr Blattman said.

“As an international network of firms, IPH is committed to supporting and developing our people at all levels and creating a rich environment where colleagues can advance their careers and be recognised for their efforts.

“Being promoted is a significant milestone, and I am delighted to congratulate all of our newly promoted employees on this wonderful achievement, which is a testament to their dedication, high performance and commitment to client service.”

The news also follows recent promotions rounds in the profession, including: the elevation of eight, including four partners, at PCL Lawyers earlier today (29 June); 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.