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DLA Piper promotes 10 in Australia

Global law firm DLA Piper has elevated 205 lawyers to more senior positions across 21 countries, including 10 Down Under.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 11 July 2023 Big Law
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DLA Piper has promoted three to special counsel, six to senior associate, and one professional in its business advisory arm, as part of a global promotions round.

The news follows the firm’s naming of two new Australian partners in late April, a former federal judge joining as a senior adviser back in February, a new Brisbane partner being hired in Brisbane in March, a new APAC-based head of restructuring being appointed in May, and a new projects partner coming over from Holding Redlich last month.

The firm’s new special counsel in Australia are Marnie Calli, Kate Howson, and Sarah Birkett.


And its new senior associates Down Under are Akaash Singh, Cassian Ho, Joe Malcolm, Joely Wilkinson-Hayes, Jasmine Zamprogno, and Olivia Puglisi.

DLA Piper Business Advisory also promoted Alison Cunliffe, in its sustainability and ESG team.

Speaking about the promotions, DLA Piper Australian managing partner Amber Matthews said: “These lawyers always go the extra mile and have demonstrated strong client focus.

“At DLA Piper, we are proud of the exceptional work that we do for our local and global clients in helping them with their most complex problems or ambitious plans. We can only deliver this through having the best people and we are very fortunate to have such a talented and committed team.

“These promotions are a major career milestone and recognise the hard work and commitment of each individual and the contribution they make collectively to the firm and our clients.

“I congratulate all the recent promotions and thank them for the exceptional contribution they make to our firm and the positive impact they have on our clients.”

The news follows recent promotions rounds in the profession, including: HWL Ebsworth elevating 72 lawyers, including seven to partner, as reported on Friday (7 July); Norton Rose Fulbright promoting 28, as reported on the same date; Gilchrist Connell promoting 12 and hiring another seven senior lawyers, reported by Lawyers Weekly on Thursday (6 July); Clayton Utz promoting 64 on Tuesday (4 July); Dentons promoting 14, including four to partner, on Monday (3 July); Carroll & O’Dea elevating 17, also on Monday (3 July); MinterEllison promoting 91 on Friday (30 June); three Australians making partner at Baker McKenzie on Friday (30 June); Colin Biggers & Paisley promoting 13 on Friday (30 June); Clyde & Co naming 13 new senior associates, as reported on Monday (3 July); Meridian elevating 12 lawyers, also reported on Monday (3 July); Allens promoting 70 on Thursday (29 June); the elevation of eight, including four to partner, at PCL Lawyers, also on Thursday (29 June); IPH promoting 25, including seven to principal, also on Thursday (29 June); 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 (28 June); 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 (27 June); 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 (June); HopgoodGanim’s promotion of 25, including four to partner on Monday (26 June); Hicksons’ promotion of 10, also on Monday (26 June); McCabes’ elevation of 13 to more senior roles, also on Monday (26 June); 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 (23 June); 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 19 June; 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.

Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy is the editor of Lawyers Weekly. A former lawyer, he has worked at Momentum Media as a journalist on Lawyers Weekly since February 2018, and has served as editor since March 2022. He is also the host of all five shows under The Lawyers Weekly Podcast Network, and has overseen the brand's audio medium growth from 4,000 downloads per month to over 60,000 downloads per month, making The Lawyers Weekly Show the most popular industry-specific podcast in Australia. Jerome is also the author of The Wellness Doctrines book series, an admitted solicitor in NSW, and a board director of Minds Count.

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