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Meridian promotes 12

National law firm Meridian Lawyers has named two new special counsel, five new senior associates, and five new associates for the new financial year.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 03 July 2023 Big Law
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Meridian Lawyers — which has over 200 lawyers across offices in Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth — has elevated 12 of its lawyers to more senior roles.

James Papworth and Homira Haideri have both been named as special counsel; Paulina Kozub, Sheridan Kersey, Alexandra Towers, Lauren Biviano, and Jeremy Smith have been promoted to senior associate; and Illana Kraus, Lindsay Sudiro, Roni Aloe, Aaron Smith, and Jack Davies have been elevated to associate.


Speaking about the promotions round, Meridian managing director Paul Baker (pictured) said: “I am exceptionally proud of the dedication and deep client commitment demonstrated by each team member.

“Each individual has excelled in their performance, established solid client relationships, and demonstrated behaviours compatible with those of future leaders of our business.

“It is pleasing to be able to acknowledge and reward them for their outstanding performance and dedication to exemplary client service. I congratulate them all on their achievements.”

The news follows the firm’s taking of three cohorts of professionals from fellow BigLaw firm McCabes, as reported by Lawyers Weekly in mid-May, late April, and mid-April.

The news also follows recent promotions rounds in the profession, including: MinterEllison elevating 91 professionals on Friday, 30 June; Allens promoting 70 on Thursday, 29 June; the elevation of eight, including four to partner, at PCL Lawyers, on Thursday; IPH promoting 25, including seven to principal, also on Thursday; Russell Kennedy’s promotion of 18, on Wednesday 28 June; Slater & Gordon promoting 46 on Wednesday; 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.