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Senior in-house counsel joins Finlaysons

The senior legal counsel for ElectraNet has joined the commercial team at Finlaysons at a time when the firm is making numerous promotions, including four to senior associate.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 20 December 2022 Corporate Counsel
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Tim Swaine (pictured) has joined the commercial team at Finlaysons as a special counsel and will be working primarily in the energy and major projects space.

In a statement, the firm said that Mr Swaine “bolsters the Finlaysons team’s depth with significant expertise in matters involving the development and connection and regulation of renewable energy projects, large scale grid-connected battery projects, wind and solar farms, and electricity infrastructure”.

He has, the firm continued, “a vast amount of experience working in the private sector in general commercial and litigation, where he has acted as a trusted legal advisor to a variety of Australian and international clients”.


Speaking about his appointment, Mr Saine said that he was looking forward to the opportunity to work with the well-established legal firm.

“I am delighted to be joining the longstanding and experienced commercial team at Finlaysons, particularly at a time when the energy sector is experiencing unprecedented change and growth, and the firm’s clients are looking to develop and augment new project opportunities,” he said.

Finlaysons managing partner Andrew Dyda added that 2023 is a year of exciting changes for the firm and that the appointment of Tim strengthens Finlaysons’ already robust presence in the energy sector.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tim to the Finlaysons team,” he said.

“His experience complements our existing practice and provides us the opportunity to further service the growing energy industry and infrastructure projects both within South Australia and nationally.”

He commenced at the firm yesterday (19 December).

In addition to the appointment of Mr Swaine, Finlaysons has elevated five lawyers to more senior roles.

Molly Shanahan has been promoted to associate, while Steven Ellis, Nick Langridge, Rebecca Pereira and Michael Rydon have all been promoted to senior associate.

The promotions, the firm said, “reflect the strong focus that Finlaysons places on developing its own talented lawyers and ensuring we have the right personnel in place to provide customised and comprehensive solutions for our clients”.

“We are incredibly proud of Steven, Nick, Rebecca, Michael and Molly,” Mr Dyda said.

“Their talent and commitment is valued by clients, and they showcase the firm’s team spirit. Their promotions are well deserved. On behalf of the partners, we look forward to continuing to support their progression within the firm.”

The promotions are effective as of 1 January 2023.

The news follows recent BigLaw promotions and appointments, as reported by Lawyers Weekly:

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