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Mills Oakley adds 5 partners from BigLaw rivals

National law firm Mills Oakley has continued the 2023 growth of its partnership ranks, with the appointment of five partners from three different BigLaw outfits.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 04 September 2023 Big Law
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In recent months, BigLaw player Mills Oakley has added five partners to its expanding partnership, all of whom have come over from rival national firms.

Three partners – Liam Dennis, Rob Humphreys, and Jeremy Rees – have all come across from MinterEllison. Mr Rees joined Mills Oakley at the start of June, while Mr Dennis and Mr Humphreys joined in late July.

Norman Donato, who left Bartier Perry after 12 years of service earlier this year, joined Mills Oakley in mid-June.


And Trent Taylor, who spent 15 years at Holding Redlich (including over nine as a partner), also joined Mills Oakley, on 1 August.

The news followed the hiring of three partners laterally in March of this year from King & Wood Mallesons, Colin Biggers & Paisley, and ClarkeKann, respectively, as well as a partner from Hicksons in February and another from Gilchrist Connell, also in February.

It also followed the firm’s promotion of 55 lawyers to more senior roles in June, including three to the partnership.

The appointment of the five new partners means the firm has added 15 professionals to its partnership since the start of 2023.

Late last year, Mills Oakley undertook a string of acquisitions of boutique law firms and opened its doors in Adelaide.

Mills Oakley chief executive John Nerurker (pictured) said that the “high calibre” appointees would further boost the firm’s capability in the government, finance, workplace relations, and corporate advisory practice groups.

“We are delighted to welcome five exceptional partners to our growing firm. Each brings a wealth of experience and skills that will benefit our clients and enhance our service offering,” he proclaimed.

The firm, Mr Nerurker continued, is pleased to continue attracting experienced practitioners across the country, complementing its strong internal growth.

“We are committed to providing the right opportunities for leaders in our industry, to ensure the best experience for the clients we serve,” he concluded.