National firm announces new hires

By Melissa Coade|02 April 2017

Growth is on the agenda for Macpherson Kelley, with the hire of a new Brisbane principal, in addition to new staff joining the Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne offices.

Malcolm McBratney (pictured) has been named as the latest hire in the Brisbane office of Macpherson Kelley. He joins the firm as a principal commercial lawyer and will lead its commercial practice in Brisbane.

Stephen Hughes and Daniel Wignall have also been appointed as principals in the Brisbane workplace relations and dispute resolution practices respectively.

Macpherson Kelley managing director, Damian Paul, said the addition of the three men was part of its national growth strategy.


“Our principal team continues to go from strength to strength nationally,” Mr Paul said.

“These new faces in our Brisbane office all have strong industry expertise, reinforcing our commitment to understand our clients’ businesses from their perspective to deliver the best commercial outcome,” he said.

Mr McBratney, who has practised in Queensland for more than 20 years, said that he is looking forward to joining the team.

“With Queensland’s continued economic growth combined with Macpherson Kelley’s national strength, the time is right for a more commercial legal services offering to the Queensland business community combined with a better value equation,” Mr McBratney said.

A statement released by Macpherson Kelley announcing Mr McBratney’s appointment said his expertise in commercial and IP law would help strengthen the firm’s position in these areas.


“Malcolm’s industry experience covers the digital economy, manufacturing, life sciences and FMCG, working with organisations ranging from digital and life sciences start-up companies through to ASX-listed and multinational corporations,” the firm said.

In Sydney, Sue Barnes and Shane Williamson have recently joined Macpherson Kelley as a special counsel and senior associate respectively.

The Macpherson Kelley Melbourne office has also welcomed special counsel Meileng Tam and associate Daniel Parncutt.

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