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HopgoodGanim adds special counsel, 2 senior associates

BigLaw firm HopgoodGanim Lawyers has made several senior lateral hires to kick off 2024.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 05 February 2024 Big Law
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HopgoodGanim has moved to bolster its senior ranks, hiring one special counsel and two senior associates “in support of our growth plans for the year ahead”, the firm said.

Helen Donovan has joined as a special counsel in HopgoodGanim’s workplace and employment team, bringing more than 10 years of experience in workplace, employment, and safety law and a “strong track record” in the resolution of complicated employment and industrial disputes, advocacy in the Fair Work Commission, workplace investigations and employment law-related advice in the context of corporate transactions, the firm outlined. She comes across from Lander & Rogers, where she served for nearly two years.

Gemma Sweeney, a senior associate, has come across from Allens, where she worked for over two and a half years in its M&A and capital markets (energy and resources) practice. She is joining HopgoodGanim’s energy and resources team, has “significant” experience advising on a wide range of commercial transactions across the mining, renewables and oil and gas industries, and brings a particular interest in critical minerals, carbon capture and hydrogen, the firm continued.


Andrew Foyster has also joined as a senior associate, following almost a decade with Irish Bentley Lawyers. He will sit in the firm’s family and relationship law practice, bringing his expertise working across all aspects of family law and also corporate and commercial experience, which will allow him to assist clients on a variety of related issues, including debt recovery, bankruptcy and insolvency, commercial litigation, body corporate disputes and guarantee advice, HopgoodGanim detailed.

The news follows HopgoodGanim’s promotion of 25 lawyers, including four to partner, in late June.

It also follows the firm’s appointment of a resources and energy partner in December, its naming of a new head of cyber security in October, a patents director in June, and a new chief operating officer and chief risk officer in March.

The firm has offices in Brisbane and Perth and more than 300 staff with over 40 partners.

HopgoodGanim managing partner Luke Mountford said: “We’re pleased to welcome Helen, Gemma and Andrew on board as we move into the new year with a clear strategy for growth in a number of key practices and markets.

“Their appointments come at the start of a new chapter for HopgoodGanim Lawyers, and we’re all very much looking forward to working with these talented practitioners.”