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Mills Oakley nabs key lawyers from MinterEllison

Mills Oakley’s national public law offering has expanded with the appointments of several MinterEllison leaders.

user iconNaomi Neilson 27 September 2023 Big Law
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Minters public law practice group leader Julian Pinder and Minters Brisbane public law team leader David McLaren have joined Mills Oakley’s Sydney and Brisbane offices, respectively.

Commenting on his movie, Mr Pinder said he was “attracted to the firm’s deep commitment to government and by the opportunity to grow a full-service public law offering in a firm that understands and is tailored to the specific needs of government”.


Over the last 15 years, Mr Pinder has practised in public law litigation and administrative law and has served as an adviser to government departments and agencies. He also has extensive experience in superior courts and tribunals across the country.

In addition to large litigation practice in superior courts, Mr McLaren’s practice includes high-profile inquiries and related advisory work. He has significant regulatory experience from his time working with the Commonwealth regulator in an investigations and enforcement team.

Over the next few months, Mills Oakley will also expand with the appointments of special counsel Anthony Gardner, associate Max Hopkins, and senior associate Taylor Young. Senior associate Claire Laizans and partner Liam Dennis have also shifted.

Mills Oakley chief executive John Nerurker said the appointments represented a “vote of confidence” in the firm’s ongoing strategy to be “the leading national law firm”.

“As a proud leader of legal services to the public sector, we are thrilled to welcome the Minters team to Mills Oakley,” he said.

“Bringing on board such distinguished experts marks an exciting moment in our firm’s history, as we continue to strengthen our presence in the field of public and administrative law.”