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Gadens adds 5 partners

National law firm Gadens has appointed five new partners (spanning multiple practice areas) in recent months, four of whom come from rival practices and one who has been promoted internally to the partnership.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 21 December 2023 Big Law
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Gadens – which has offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney – has expanded its partnership in recent months with the hiring of four lateral partners and the elevation of one lawyer to partner.

The news follows the firm’s promotion of seven lawyers internally to partner in June.

Amanda Junkeer has joined the firm from Moores (where she has served as workplace relations practice leader) as of this month, bringing more than two decades of experience as an industrial and employee relations specialist, Gadens said in a statement.


William Marshall, a workplace advisory and disputes senior associate who joined the BigLaw firm in 2021, is being promoted to the partnership. He brings, the firm outlined, extensive experience advising on employment law, employment litigation and industrial relations.

Mr Marshall’s promotion is effective as of 1 January.

Reflecting on the addition of two new partners for the firm’s workplace advisory and disputes team, partner and group leader of that practice, Siobhan Mulcahy said: “We are thrilled to welcome Amanda to the firm and to have Will join the partnership, their expertise aligns seamlessly with our group’s mission to assist and advise our clients in the ever-evolving landscape of workplace law.

“Amanda is an experienced and talented industrial and employee relations lawyer who brings a wealth of experience to the firm. Will is an exceptional lawyer and mentor, providing invaluable guidance and support to our wider team progressing in their legal careers.”

Elsewhere, Jing Wang (a partner in disputes and investigations) joined Gadens in September from Hunt & Hunt Lawyers, and she serves as head of the firm’s China practice. John Kettle joined the national firm from McCullough Robertson, and he practices in its corporate group and heads the international desk. And Kenneth Tang joined in August from Ashurst, and he serves as a partner in Gadens’ banking and finance group.

Ms Wang is based in the firm’s Melbourne office, while Mr Kettle and Mr Tang are in Sydney.

Speaking about the firm’s expanded partnership heading into 2024, firm chief executive Mark Pistilli said: “These five new partners are exciting additions to the Gadens team. Amanda, Jing, John, Ken, and Will each bring a specialised skill set to the firm, enabling us to meet growing client demand in key sectors and bolstering our cross-border capability.

“Jing and John will each head foreign desks designed to service inbound capital flows. As a truly independent firm with coverage over the whole of the country, these additions make us an even better referral source for inbound investors and their offshore representatives.”

With these strategic appointments and internal promotion, the firm added, Gadens is “focused on meeting the growing demand from our clients across a range of sectors, particularly in the Sydney market”.

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