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Mills Oakley adds 4 partners, acquires Sydney boutique

Mills Oakley has added four new partners to its growing ranks across Australia, as well as acquired a Sydney-based boutique family law practice.

user iconLauren Croft 09 October 2023 Big Law
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Three of the new partners join from Gadens, Allen & Overy, and DW Fox Tucker, and one partner joins with her entire team from Sydney boutique family law practice Thornton Storgato Law.

The latest appointments across the country bring the total number of new entries to the firm’s partnership to 19 since January this year. This news also follows Mills Oakley poaching several leaders from MinterEllison, as reported by Lawyers Weekly last month.

Matt Egerton-Warburton joins the partnership from Gadens in the Sydney corporate advisory group and brings a wealth of global experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, equity capital markets and general corporate advisory work in London, New York and Hong Kong.


Mills Oakley’s broad national scope “currently experiencing significant growth” is a key reason for joining, he said.

In addition, Luke Nicholls has joined the corporate advisory team in Perth after spending more than 16 years at international firm Allen & Overy, including four years in the London office. Mr Nicholls is looking forward to expanding his practice with a national focus.

“There’s a willingness to grow the offering in Perth in corporate advisory,” he said.

Patrick Walsh is the newest addition to the workplace relations team in Adelaide, joining last month from DW Fox Tucker. Mr Walsh is set to help establish the Mills Oakley brand in South Australia, with the firm’s Adelaide office open since February this year.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to be part of a firm clearly on the rise,” he said.

Lastly, Martina Storgato joined in September with more than 15 years of experience as a leader and founder of a boutique family law practice in Sydney, with her team from Thornton Storgato Law also joining Mills Oakley.

“I’m delighted to be joining the team at Mills Oakley as a partner – and that my entire team will be coming with me,” she said.

“By joining forces with a leading national law firm, I will be able to offer clients a range of complementary services that only a large firm can provide.”

Mills Oakley family law partner Susan Warda said Martina and her team will add valuable capability to the firm’s offering.

“Martina’s appointment highlights the strong growth Mills Oakley has enjoyed in the family law space. It further cements our position as a leading national law firm in Australia,” she said.

Chief executive John Nerurker added that the appointments were a key part of the firm’s strategy to invest in talented people and deliver ongoing quality service and success.

“We are pleased to welcome four lateral hires to Mills Oakley as part of our continuing growth trajectory,” he said.

“Each brings deep expertise in their practice area – energy and mining, corporate law, workplace health and safety and employment law and in family law – reflecting our reach in the Australian legal sector.”