THE TIME of year when most senior lawyers at the nation’s largest firms wait with bated breath has arrived, with Freehills announcing the appointment of nine new partners.
Effective from 1 July, the nine include seven men and two women across five practice groups.
The new partners include Josh Sgro, Frank Poeta and Jared Muller in projects; Jay Leary and Andrew Clyne in corporate; Nick Heggart in revenue law; Tom Gumley in patents and trade marks; and Melita Cottrell and Emma de Carle in banking and finance.
“New blood can help invigorate a partnership, and adds immeasurable value in the form of an even more diverse range of skills and experience, strong business networks, and a focus on taking the firm to even greater heights,” chief executive officer Gavin Bell said.
Freehills has also promoted 51 lawyers into its senior associate ranks and two special counsel. Now serving in the latter role is Julian Clarke from employment relations and Jane Sanders from the Freehills Foundation, which is an amalgamation of the firm’s pro bono and community programs.
The 51 new senior associates are spread amongst eight practice groups, including banking and finance, corporate, employee relations, the Freehills Foundation, litigation, patents and trade marks, projects and revenue law.