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Dentons promotes 14, including 4 to partner

Global law firm Dentons has added four lawyers to its partnership in Australia and has also promoted another 10 lawyers to more senior roles, effective 1 July.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 03 July 2023 Big Law
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Dentons has promoted 14 lawyers, including four to its partnership, two to special counsel, two to managing associate, and six to senior associate as it enters the new financial year.

The promotions demonstrate, the firm said in a statement, “Dentons’ willingness to invest in the development of its employees and the opportunities available for career progression within the firm”.

The new partners are Clement Chew, Debrah Mercurio, Chris Soon, and Brooke Spain.


The new special counsel are Kyla Brose and Aimee McIntyre, and the new managing associates are Finbarr O’Connell and Anson Pang.

And the new senior associates are Elizabeth Canny, Kurt Gallacher, Nina Gao, Sean Tang, Jack Williams, and Joanna Yu.

Speaking about the promotions round, Dentons Australia chair and regional chief executive Doug Stipanicev said that the firm “is committed to being a law firm where talent can thrive, recognising that our success is built on the diverse and unique strengths of our people”.

“We are incredibly proud of these very talented lawyers, who have reached the next step in their careers,” he proclaimed.

“The promotions reflect not only their deep legal knowledge but also their leadership skills and commitment to client service.”

The news follows the firm’s recent hiring of two lateral partners (reported here and here) and the commencement of its combination with Link Legal in India in May.

The news also follows recent promotions rounds in the profession, including: MinterEllison promoting 91 on Friday, 30 June; three Australians making partner at Baker McKenzie on Friday; Colin Biggers & Paisley promoting 13 on Friday; Clyde & Co naming 13 new senior associates, as reported this morning (Monday, 3 July); Meridian elevating 12 lawyers, also reported this morning; Allens promoting 70 on Thursday 29 June; the elevation of eight, including four to partner, at PCL Lawyers, also on Thursday, the 29th; IPH promoting 25, including seven to principal, also on Thursday, the 29th; Russell Kennedy’s promotion of 18 on Wednesday, 28 June; Slater & Gordon promoting 46; Holman Webb elevating eight and nabbing three new partners from BigLaw rivals, also on Wednesday, the 28th; 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, on Tuesday, the 27th; 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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