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Former UniSuper GC joins G+T as partner

A senior in-house counsel is set to join BigLaw firm Gilbert + Tobin as a partner, leading its superannuation team.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 20 February 2024 Corporate Counsel
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Luke Barrett (pictured), who has a quarter century’s worth of experience specialising in superannuation law and investments, will be G+T’s newest partner in its corporate advisory practice.

The appointment, the firm said in a statement, is a “significant evolution for the superannuation industry” and for the BigLaw player.


“For the superannuation industry, this means funds will have access to specialist advice from a G+T team, which seamlessly brings together market-leading practitioners from every area of specialisation which is relevant to a matter, while knowing the advice will always be completely tailored to the particular needs and circumstances of the superannuation industry,” the firm proclaimed.

Mr Barrett joins from UniSuper, where he has served as general counsel for six years and was formerly its head of risk and legal services (investments) and head of investment law and compliance. All up, he spent 15 and a half years at the company.

Speaking about the hire, G+T founder and chair Danny Gilbert said: “We are delighted to welcome Luke, one of the leading GCs in the industry superannuation sector, to G+T.

“His specialist super skill set and experience, coupled with our market-leading partners in corporate advisory and M&A, creates a significant offering for the Australian super funds,”

Mr Barrett added: “This is exciting because it is the first time in years that superannuation funds will have a refreshing new option for obtaining external advice, from a firm renowned for being innovative and doing things differently.

“Having been in-house counsel for so long, I understand what funds need from their external advisers. Our advice will leverage our deep operational understanding of the industry and insights which can only be gained through lived experience on the frontline within the superannuation industry.”

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