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New judge for Federal Court

New judge for Federal Court

MICHELLE GORDON SC has been appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia. “Gordon has extensive experience practising at the Bar, principally in the areas of commercial and…

MICHELLE GORDON SC has been appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia.

“Gordon has extensive experience practising at the Bar, principally in the areas of commercial and taxation law,” said Attorney General Philip Ruddock in announcing the appointment.

Gordon was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in Western Australia in 1987. She worked as a solicitor principally in the areas of commercial litigation and commercial law until 1992 when she began practice exclusively as a barrister. She was appointed Senior Counsel in 2003

Gordon has appeared in a number of large and complex civil proceedings on commercial and taxation matters in both the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Gordon’s appointment begins on 20 April and she will be based in Melbourne, replacing retired judge Ronald Merkel.

She is married to High Court Justice Kenneth Hayne.

HGR banks on new partner

THE SYDNEY office of Herbert Geer & Rundle (HGR) has appointed Alex Roth as partner in its banking and finance division.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Roth worked in commercial and corporate lending for two Australian banks.

“[Roth’s] hands-on experience is already proving to be very attractive to our banker and financier clients,” said banking and finance lead partner Peter Nankivell.

“Having this available for them in Sydney through [Roth] reinforces the national presence of our team, and it resonates positively with them.”

Roth said HGR is growing its share of banking work through its ability to deliver business solutions rather than just legal outcomes.

“As a former banker, I know the attraction of this to our clients, and I am excited to have the opportunity to provide this.”

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