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Barry Nilsson promotes 13

National law firm Barry Nilsson has wrapped up a year of substantial growth with the elevation of 13 lawyers to more senior roles, including six to special counsel.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 19 December 2023 Big Law

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As announced in a firm-wide message to staff from Barry Nilsson board chairman and national insurance and health lead principal Rhett Kennedy (pictured), the national law firm has promoted 13 lawyers, including nine women, as it endeavours to stay above the national industry average for female representation among legal practitioners.

The promotions round sees six lawyers elevated to special counsel, four to senior associate, and three to associate.

The firm’s new special counsel are Amelia Beveridge, Ashlea Hawkins, Ebru Campos, Lee Lenkinski, Natalee Barr, and Nicole Henkey.


Its newest senior associates are Alana Pointon, Gianluca Tripodi, Sam Bowers, and Shakira Forghani.

And its new associates are Ali Tedder, Nadia Gualtieri, and Will Harris.

The promotions are effective as of 1 January 2024.

The news follows the firm’s promotion of 21 lawyers in June, its taking of a team from Norton Rose Fulbright in April, and its expansion in Adelaide with a team from Sparke Helmore in March,

In February, the firm spoke with Lawyers Weekly in the wake of its diamond jubilee celebrations, noting that it was looking to buck the trend moving forward.

Speaking about the “well-deserved” promotions, Mr Kennedy said that the promotion round reflects “the high calibre of legal talent within our firm and our corporate commitment to workplace inclusivity and diversity”.

“These promotions, and the 38 in January and July this year, support our firm’s 2025 strategic goals – which are to grow Barry Nilsson’s recognised expertise in insurance and health and family law and to nurture our internal talent pipeline through career development and advancement,” he proclaimed.

The firm’s chief executive, Graeme Walsh, added that 2023 was a “milestone” year for Barry Nilsson.

“We used this year as a marker in our firm’s history to reflect on our growth, the changing needs of our valued clients, and the increasingly complex economic, technological and social environment in which we operate, to set a clear plan for the next three years supported by a refreshed corporate brand,” he explained.

The firm has more than 400 staff, including 38 principals (as of December 2023), with offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, and Hobart.

This past year, the firm’s total national workforce has grown by almost 15 per cent, it noted.

Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy is the editor of Lawyers Weekly. A former lawyer, he has worked at Momentum Media as a journalist on Lawyers Weekly since February 2018, and has served as editor since March 2022. He is also the host of all five shows under The Lawyers Weekly Podcast Network, and has overseen the brand's audio medium growth from 4,000 downloads per month to over 60,000 downloads per month, making The Lawyers Weekly Show the most popular industry-specific podcast in Australia. Jerome is also the author of The Wellness Doctrines book series, an admitted solicitor in NSW, and a board director of Minds Count.

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