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Hamilton Locke adds 2 partners for regulatory services offering

International law firm Hamilton Locke has continued to grow, appointing partners for its Sydney and Melbourne offices who both bring BigLaw experience.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 20 February 2024 Big Law
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Alistair Newton, who most recently served at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, where he spent almost a decade, including over two years as a partner, has joined Hamilton Locke.

He is, Hamilton Locke said in a statement, a competition and consumer law specialist with more than 15 years of transactional, advisory, and litigation experience in Australia and the UK, with a client base spanning sectors including digital and media, FMCG, health, and manufacturing.

Tim Grave has joined from Clifford Chance, where he co-led the Australian regulatory investigations and financial crime team and served for nearly 13 years.


He specialises, Hamilton Locke detailed, in large-scale complex disputes and contentious regulatory and corporate investigations, with experience acting for clients (both large corporates and C-suite individuals) in the financial services sector.

The news followed the firm’s addition of five partners from four BigLaw rivals in late November, taking a team of 11, including two partners, from global practice Clyde & Co earlier this month, as well as its promotion of 15 professionals back in June. It also followed global firm HFW taking a team of five partners and 15 lawyers from fellow BigLaw practice MinterEllison.

Speaking about the hires, Hamilton Locke managing partner Nick Humphrey said: “With increasing client demand for both front and back end regulatory and disputes advice and services, Alistair’s and Tim’s experience is a good fit for us.

“They will support our further expansion of our services in this area as we look to grow our team nationally.”

Mr Newton added: “Hamilton Locke has a clear plan for where it wants to be in the market and growing its regulatory practice is key to that.

“I’m excited to bring my experience in competition and consumer law to this multidisciplinary and forward-thinking team.”

And Mr Grave said: “Hamilton Locke’s reputation as a challenger firm that aims to ‘do law differently’ really appealed to me.

“I’m looking forward to working with a dynamic and collaborative team in helping our clients navigate their regulatory challenges.”

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