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Thomson Geer takes property team, including 2 partners, from Macpherson Kelley

National practice Thomson Geer has moved to strengthen its property ranks with the appointment of two partners and their team from mid-market firm Macpherson Kelley.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 27 November 2023 Big Law
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Partners Brooke Glastonbury and Cain Sarah (both pictured) have joined Thomson Geer and have brought their property law team – special counsel Stephen Pallavicini, senior associate Mitchell Passlow, associate Ross Vergopoulos, and conveyancer Rebecca Little – with them.

The team commenced with Thomson Geer today (Monday, 27 November) and has come over from mid-market firm Macpherson Kelley, which has four offices nationally.

The news follows a year of substantial growth for Thomson Geer.


The firm hired a special counsel from Clayton Utz as a new taxation partner in October, took two M&A partners from Carter Newell in September, promoted 23 professionals in June, elevated three to partner in the same month, appointed a Perth-based partner from a Hong Kong-based investment company in May, and added a banking and finance partner from Allens in April.

Speaking about the hiring of the team from Macpherson Kelley, Thomson Geer chief executive partner Adrian Tembel said: “We are excited to welcome Brooke, Cain, and their team to the firm. Their practice complements our existing property team and introduces new clients and opportunities to our firm.

“Their skills and commercial approach align with Thomson Geer’s commitment to being a firm known for quality and provide us with additional depth and diversity.”

Thomson Geer has over 600 staff, including more than 140 partners, and has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Canberra.

Ms Glastonbury noted: “We’re pleased to be joining Thomson Geer and becoming part of its national property team. The property sector is a key part of the Australian economy and an important element for success in business.

“The depth of services and experience that Thomson Geer has will be extremely beneficial for our clients and their businesses.”

And Mr Sarah added: “We are looking forward to working with clients across a wide range of industries and helping them find the best outcomes for their property needs – whether they be investors, developers, landlords or tenants. What Thomson Geer has to offer is extremely exciting for our team.”

Ms Glastonbury brings over two decades of experience as a property lawyer and advises on all aspects of property transactions, including residential, commercial, and mixed-use developments, conveyancing, all aspects of retail, commercial and industrial leasing, banking and finance matters and all types of property disputes, the BigLaw firm said in a statement. Meanwhile, Mr Sarah has specialised in property law for nearly one-quarter of a century, with a focus on all aspects of retail, commercial and industrial leasing acting predominantly for blue chip tenants Australia-wide, together with some highly successful developers and landlords.