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McCullough Robertson adds Ashurst senior associate as new partner

National law firm McCullough Robertson had appointed a litigation and dispute resolution partner from international firm Ashurst.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 20 October 2023 Big Law
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Chris Barr (pictured) has joined McCullough Robertson, having come across from Ashurst.

He adds, the firm said in a statement, “considerable depth and experience” to McCullough Robertson’s restructuring and insolvency capability, bringing with him a “strong track record” in large and complex cross-border and domestic restructuring, insolvency and special situations matters.

Mr Barr will be based in the firm’s Sydney office.


Prior to his stint at Ashurst, he served at UK-based firms Sidley Austin LLP and Freshfields.

The news follows the firm’s promotion of 17 lawyers, including two to partner, in June, as well as its promotion of a special counsel to partner in March and nabbing of a partner from another global firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, in February.

It also follows Ashurst’s hiring of a partner from McCullough Robertson back in March.

Speaking about the appointment, McCullough Robertson joint managing partner Guy Humble said: “Chris’ appointment is extremely exciting for our Sydney office, the continued growth of which is integral to the future of McCullough Robertson as we adapt to meet new challenges and head towards our 100th year and beyond.

“Attracting quality lawyers and great people is fundamental to our commitment to the success of our clients.”

The firm’s chair of partners, Kristan Conlon, added: “I am delighted to welcome Chris to the partnership as we continue to expand our Sydney offering.

“In addition to Chris’ extensive insolvency experience, he is an experienced mentor, is committed to pro bono and the community, and is a great cultural fit.

“I know he will have a significant impact on the development and success of our people and the Sydney office.”