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McCullough Robertson adds construction partner and team from HWL Ebsworth

East coast-based firm McCullough Robertson, which has offices in Brisbane, Canberra, and Sydney, has hired a partner and his team of three lawyers from BigLaw rival HWL Ebsworth for its construction practice.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 18 June 2024 Big Law
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Mark Riddington (pictured) has joined McCullough Robertson from HWL Ebsworth, where he spent seven years as a partner. He has also served at Herbert Geer and undertook secondments at John Holland and Sydney Airport Corporation.

He has also brought with him three practitioners from HWL: senior associate Julia Lane and lawyers Jenna Northey and Isabella Prideaux.

In a statement, McR said that Riddington’s “leading” front-end construction practice will add further depth and complements its national construction and infrastructure practice and brings experience that includes providing tailored guidance on the delivery of diverse projects such as water treatment plants, shopping centre developments, infrastructure, airport-specific ventures as well as demolition and remediation projects.


The team will be based in the firm’s Sydney office.

The news follows the appointment last month of one of McR’s senior partners to head up the firm’s pro bono offering, as well as its hiring of a special counsel from BigLaw rival Herbert Smith Freehills as a new partner in its environment team, as reported earlier in May, and its addition of a senior associate from Ashurst as a new partner back in October.

Speaking about the hires, McR joint managing partner Damien Clarke said: “Mark’s appointment is extremely exciting for our clients and our Sydney office, and builds on the recent additions of Natalie Kurdian, Kate Peterson, Stephen Iu, Nathan Roberts and Chris Barr to the Sydney partnership.

“Mark is recognised for his skills in navigating his clients’ most critical and complex issues, advancing their commercial goals and resolving challenges they encounter, and I know our clients will benefit from his approach.”

McR chair of partners Kristan Conlon said: “I am delighted to welcome Mark to the partnership, as we continue to expand our Sydney offering.

“Since 1926 we have prided ourselves on being approachable experts who relate to and support our clients and our people, always. I know Mark and his team will be a great cultural fit and I look forward to collaborating with them all.”

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