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Wotton + Kearney appoints new special counsel, senior associate

International law firm Wotton + Kearney has moved to bolster its cyber and technology advisory practice with the appointment of a director from EY Law and an associate from a BigLaw rival, who are joining as a special counsel and senior associate, respectively.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 23 November 2023 Big Law
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Nick Martin (pictured) has joined Wotton + Kearney, coming over from EY Law, where he served as a director. Prior to this, he was a special counsel at MinterEllison and a senior associate at Norton Rose Fulbright.

He specialises, W+K said in a statement, in cyber security and technology law, including major cyber risk management advice and technology projects, and has “extensive experience” across cyber readiness, data and privacy risk and compliance, commercial contracts, telecommunications, technology procurement, supply chain risk, outsourcing and intellectual property advice.

Elsewhere, James Stavridis has joined W+K as a senior associate, who has come across from HWL Ebsworth, where he served as an associate.


Mr Stavridis will be working closely, W+K noted, with the team on technology liability claims and recoveries arising from cyber claims.

The news follows a year of significant growth for W+K.

In January, it poached a team of six from fellow BigLaw firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth, then added a team from MinterEllison later that month. In March, it nabbed a partner from King & Wood Mallesons to create a “dual expertise” offering for the defence of class action proceedings. In June, it promoted 34 lawyers to more senior roles, including four to its partnership, and in October, it hired a health partner from Lander & Rogers.

Speaking about the appointment, W+K head of cyber and technology Kieran Doyle said: “Nick brings a wealth of legal risk advisory experience to the practice, and his appointment continues to strengthen our front-end cyber capability. We are very excited to welcome him to the team.”

Mr Martin added: “I am thrilled to be joining such a dynamic and forward-looking firm and look forward to helping take the cyber and technology advisory practice to the next level.”

Wotton + Kearney has nearly 80 partners and over 360 lawyers across offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.