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New Kennedys partner joined by 8 lawyers from Clyde & Co

Following reporting by this brand that the now-former Australian managing partner at Clyde & Co was joining Kennedys, eight fee earners and four support staff have also joined the latter global firm with her.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 20 December 2023 Big Law
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As first reported by Lawyers Weekly late last month, Lucinda Lyons – the now-former Australian managing partner for global law firm Clyde & Co – has joined BigLaw rival Kennedys as its newest insurance partner.

Kennedys has now confirmed that eight lawyers and four support staff have joined Ms Lyons at the global practice from Clyde & Co, all of whom commenced in the firm’s Sydney office on Monday, 18 December.

Those joining include special counsel Con Kakakios (whom Kennedys said brings more than 23 years of experience), senior associates Erica Ayad and Amanda Do, associates Jade Naidoo, Ashley Frost, Imran Dewan, and Hannah Kohler, law graduate Lily Daly, paralegal Willamina Burke, team billing and support specialist Hussain Fatrouni, and legal secretaries Rania Roumie and Rachael Soden.


The addition of the 12 team members (pictured with Ms Lyons) from Clyde & Co expands Kennedys’ insurance practice, the firm said in a statement, “deepening its already-stellar sector expertise”.

Lawyers Weekly understands that the eight fee earners joining Ms Lyons at Kennedys do not constitute the entirety of Clyde & Co’s team in this practice area.

Kennedys has four offices in Australia: in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane. The new appointments mean that the firm now has over 80 fee earners in the country, on top of its 22 partners.

The news follows Kennedys’ appointment of Emily Unger as partner in May and its expansion into Brisbane in July of last year.

In conversation with Lawyers Weekly following that expansion, the firm’s then-Australian managing partner, Matt Andrews, said that Queensland is an “important gateway” for Kennedys’ regional growth and that it is “optimistic” about its outlook in Australia.

Ms Lyons said: “I’m so pleased to have the team join me at Kennedys. Collectively, I know we will bring so much to the firm, and we are looking forward to working with Kennedys’ colleagues and clients around the firm’s global network.”

Kennedys Sydney managing partner James Melvin added: “We are delighted that Lucinda and her team have joined Kennedys. They will enhance our ever-growing and well-respected team of legal experts, offering the region’s best legal counsel and sector insights.

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