find the latest legal job
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Adelaide CBD · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
Freelance Project Finance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Australia
· Vario are looking for freelance lawyers with experience in project finance ideally within the renewable energy sector
View details
Vario Freelance Lawyers
Category: Construction Law | Location: All Australia
· We are looking for lawyers who appreciate the endless possibilities that a freelance career can offer.
View details
Freelance Construction Lawyers
Category: Construction Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· We are looking for construction lawyers who appreciate the endless possibilities that a freelance career can offer.
View details
Banking Associate - 1-6PQE - Allen & Overy
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: United Kingdom
· Banking Associate - 1-6 PQE - Allen & Overy
View details
Queensland law firms announce merger

Queensland law firms announce merger

A Queensland-based law firm has announced it is on the brink of a merger with a corporate law firm specialising in finance and insurance.

COOPER Grace Ward, a Queensland-based law firm, has announced it is on the brink of a merger with a corporate law firm specialising in finance and insurance.

Cooper Grace Ward and Bain Gasteen Lawyers will join from 1 December this year to become a firm of more than 200 people, up from Cooper Grace Ward’s current 160.

The merged firm will trade as Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers (incorporating Bain Gasteen) from December 2009 to February 2010. After that, the firm will become Cooper Grace Ward again.

The merger “significantly increases our footprint in the Queensland legal marketplace”, said Cooper Grace Ward managing partner Chris Ward.

Both firms have touted their similar cultures, and for Ward the potential growth opportunities were key to the signing of a deal.

Bain Gasteen has about 20 years of experience in the Queensland market, specifically working for some large insurance and financial institutions, Ward said.

The announcement comes just weeks after Cooper Grace War’s expansion into a 4,300 metre square tenancy at 400 George Street Brisbane.

In what now appears to have been clear plans for the current merger, the firm said in August that “unexpected growth” had prompted the firm to secure a ten year lease in what was the first five green-star building in Brisbane’s CBD.

At the time, the firm said about 160 staff would be relocated to the new premises on 12 October, and that the office space has room to house another 50 lawyers for future growth.

In further growth, the firm scooped an Ernst & Young lawyer for its litigation and dispute resolution team in September. Andrew Ward has previously worked in the indirect tax division of E&Y in an advisory role.

Brisbane firms have been hitting the headlines in recent months with new hires, topping their east-coast counterparts in terms of growth.

In recent weeks, McDonald Phillips Lawyers announced that the commercial property practice group from Mills Oakley’s Brisbane office joined its ranks. Solicitor director, Rhonda King, said the firm has seen rapid growth in the past 12 months.

In another Brisbane hiring coup, former Flower & Hart associate Katrina Chambers returned to the firm as senior counsel in mid September, having left the firm four a half years before to work at McCullough Robertson, where she was senior associate. At the time, The New Lawyer reported there had been some competition for highly qualified senior lawyers among Brisbane firms.



Like this story? Read more:

Book commemorates diamond milestone for WA law society

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

Queensland law firms announce merger
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Jan 23 2018
Disrupting traditional archiving and storage methods
Promoted by Fileman TRENDS COME and go but technology and its disruption to the legal landscape h...
Scales of Justice
Jan 23 2018
WA to close ‘legal loophole’ on gender reassignment laws
Laws in Western Australia will soon change to permit married people to undergo gender reassignment s...
Lawyers take to Twitter to share career stories
Jan 22 2018
Lawyers take to Twitter to share career stories
The #mypathtolaw hashtag has been embraced by legal eagles to swap stories with the Twitter communit...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...