Piper Alderman has split from one of its practice areas to create a brand new law firm in South Australia.
The law firm will be breaking away from its workers' compensation practice, which will then be set up as a new firm.
Piper Alderman’s managing partner, Tony Phelps, said the creation of a new workers' compensation law firm reflects the overall strategy of the firm to focus the national practice on its core strengths.
He said current target areas include dispute resolution, corporate law, employment relations and property and projects.
“The separation is bittersweet as we are saying goodbye to four long time, experienced members of the partnership who are well liked and greatly respected within the firm.
"But, we are experiencing a time of change and sophistication in the Australian legal market and Workers Compensation clients are looking for an alternative legal service. By focusing on a unique area of law, the new firm can offer efficient, cost-effective advice and representation and the partners can focus on the area of law they know best.”
The new firm will be headed up by four departing partners of Piper Alderman, including Tracey Kerrigan, John Hiatt, Mark Keam and Neville John. It will be a separate company to Piper Alderman, but will maintain a "best friends" relationship with Piper Alderman.
“Our new firm represents the best of both worlds for our clients. As a workers compensation-focused business we can offer a more competitive service than larger firms, but our strong, ongoing relationship with Piper Alderman will allow us to maintain professional links with an innovative, national commercial team," Kerrigan said.
Our workers compensation clients have responded enthusiastically to the creation of the new firm and we are very excited about the dedicated service we will provide.
As part of the ongoing relationship, Piper Alderman will supply the new firm with technical support, research and other services.