The general counsel and company secretary of Ramsay Health Care Australia has joined BigLaw firm MinterEllison as a partner in its health industry practice.
Minters has bolstered the ranks of its health industry practice with the appointment of Katrina Cunningham as a partner, meaning the practice now boasts 11 partners and over 40 lawyers. She joins as a partner in Sydney in the firm’s competition risk and regulatory team.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms Cunningham was the Australian general counsel and company secretary of Ramsay Health Care Australia, where she spent the last nine years of her career. Prior to that, she spent seven years at global law firm Allens.
Reflecting on her new role, she said that Minters has an “exceptional reputation” in the healthcare sector.
“I’ve always valued their approach to working with clients, having worked closely with the health team for more than 15 years. I’m proud to be joining the firm as a partner and look forward to helping clients navigate the opportunities, challenges and emerging developments at play in today’s rapidly evolving health industry,” she said.
Speaking about the appointment, Minters health industry practice lead Shane Evans said: “With the rapid rate of change the health industry is experiencing, Katrina’s unique combination of direct health sector experience, understanding of the risk, regulatory and funding issues apparent to the sector, deep legal expertise and background in nursing, is a real asset to our clients and the firm.”
“The global COVID-19 pandemic has not only demonstrated the importance of the health sector, socially and economically, it has also accelerated by at least 5-10 years health service delivery, changing models of care, integration of new technology and digital transformation,” he noted.
Associated with this, Mr Evans continued, are transformational regulatory, governance and funding changes across all subsectors of the health industry, with a surge in activity from transactions, significant projects planned and underway, and consolidation of sector participants.
“The rate of change has been phenomenal and is expected to continue. Katrina will be integral in supporting our clients on their new developments, the large-scale transformation of their sectors and how to take advantage of the many opportunities.”