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Hamilton Locke adds 5 partners from 4 BigLaw rivals

International firm Hamilton Locke has continued its rapid growth, appointing five new partners from four different BigLaw practices, including a team from Holding Redlich.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 22 November 2023 Big Law
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BigLaw firm Hamilton Locke has added five new partners – Damien Bourke, Kath Booth, Andrew Vincent, Amelia Prokuda, and Elena Stojcevski – for its Melbourne and Brisbane offices.

The news follows the firm’s taking of a team of 11, including two partners, from global practice Clyde & Co earlier this month, as well as its promotion of 15 professionals back in June.

It also follows global firm HFW taking a team of five partners and 15 lawyers from fellow BigLaw practice MinterEllison.


Speaking about the appointments, Hamilton Locke managing partner Nick Humphrey said: “We’re pleased to welcome Kath, Damien, Amelia, Elena and Andrew to our growing firm.”

“They reflect the calibre of talent we continue to attract: high-performing people who want to be part of a culture that puts people at the centre of everything we do. They share our values and our ambition to do law differently to give our people, and clients, a great experience,” he proclaimed.

Damien Bourke, a Brisbane-based tax partner, has joined from Holding Redlich and has brought special counsel Joanne Casburn, senior associate Paul Thompson, and lawyer Ryan Steele with him.

He said: “Hamilton Locke’s clear direction and genuine commitment to creating a culture which supports people to do their best work and thrive personally really stood out to me. I’m excited to join a firm that is on the move.”

Kath Booth, a Melbourne-based corporate partner, has joined from PwC.

She said: “It’s a pivotal time in Hamilton Locke’s growth, with its reputation for true innovation and collaboration continuing to attract new talent.”

“I’m looking forward to working alongside Justin (Fox), Clementyne Rawlyk and the team in Melbourne, and nationally,” Ms Booth noted.

Andrew Vincent has also joined from PwC and will be based in Hamilton Locke’s Melbourne office and in its finance practice.

“I’m delighted to be joining the thriving finance practice at Hamilton Locke, having been thoroughly impressed with how the firm has attracted high-quality talent and grown rapidly in a relatively short period of time,” he said.

“I’m really looking forward to being part of the continuing growth of the Melbourne office.”

Environment and planning partner Amelia Prokuda has joined from Gadens and will be based in Hamilton Locke’s Brisbane office.

“I’m delighted to be joining the team of talented lawyers at Hamilton Locke,” she said.

“It’s great to be part of a dynamic firm committed to challenging the ways in which traditional law firms operate.”

And construction and litigation partner Elena Stojcevski has come over from Corrs Chambers Westgarth and will be in Hamilton Locke’s Melbourne office.

“The quality of legal work and the firm’s strong leadership and culture were what attracted me to Hamilton Locke. I’m looking forward to beginning the next chapter of my career here,” she posited.

All of the new partners, as well as those in Mr Bourke’s team, joined Hamilton Locke in recent weeks.

Hamilton Locke, which is part of HPX Group, has 64 partners and approximately 150 lawyers across its offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Newcastle, and Auckland.

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