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McCullough Robertson adds HSF special counsel as new partner

East coast-based firm McCullough Robertson has continued to grow its partnership ranks, adding the former Queensland head of environment from Herbert Smith Freehills as its newest partner.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 01 May 2024 Big Law
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Madeline Simpson (pictured) has joined McR, coming across global firm Herbert Smith Freehills, where she served for nearly 23 years, including as the head of its Queensland environment team.

Her practice, McR said in a statement, covers environmental approvals pathways, impact assessment, biodiversity and carbon offsets, environmental compliance, enforcement and incident response, approval of carbon projects, climate change risk, and advising on environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters.


The news follows the firm’s addition of a senior associate from Ashurst as a new partner back in October and the promotion of 17 lawyers, including two to partner, in June 2023.

Speaking about the hire, McR joint managing partner Damien Clarke said: “Madeline’s appointment is extremely exciting for our resources and renewables clients, especially those navigating complex approval processes and environmental obligations.

“Since 1926, we have prided ourselves on being approachable experts who relate to and support our clients and our people – always.

“I know Madeline is a great fit for McR’s culture and our clients with her pragmatic approach, energy and proven dedication to exceptional client service.”

The firm’s chair of partners, Kristan Conlon, added: “I am delighted to welcome Madeline to the partnership.

“Not only does this appointment advance our commitment to women in leadership, but I know our people will benefit from Madeline’s focus on mentorship and empowerment. I look forward to collaborating with her.”