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Exclusive: National firm recruits high-profile GC

Exclusive: National firm recruits high-profile GC

Ted Williams Piper Alderman

The general counsel of the world’s largest contract miner has taken a partner role at a national firm.

Ted Williams (pictured), former general counsel at Thiess, has joined Piper Alderman’s national construction and infrastructure practice.

Based in Brisbane, Mr Williams is returning to private practice after seven years heading Thiess’ legal team, where he oversaw the delivery of legal services to the company and other projects across the Asia-Pacific region.

Mr Williams was a partner at Irish firm Arthur Cox before joining Thiess.

“I was fortunate to work with Piper Alderman during my time with Thiess … [and] I believe that Piper Alderman is the right place for me to land in my return to private practice,” he said.

Pipers made three more senior appointments to its Brisbane office last month, including ex-Clayton Utz lawyer Esteban Gomez, who joined the firm as a corporate/M&A partner.

Pipers also poached special counsel Jonathan Whybird from McPherson + Kelly and senior associate Kara Pennisi from Holding Redlich.

Late last year Pipers lost 11 lawyers, along with one of Sydney’s highest-earning partners, Amanda Banton, to Squire Patton Boggs.

The former head of the Sydney office, Frazer Hunt, also left the firm in November to join Mills Oakley.

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