find the latest legal job
Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Highly-respected, innovative and entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit · Competency based Board
View details
Chief Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Dynamic, high growth organisation · ASX listed market leader
View details
In-house Projects Lawyer | Renewables / Solar | 2-5 Years PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: All Australia
· Help design the future · NASDAQ Listed
View details
Insurance Lawyer (3-5 PAE)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Dynamic organisation ·
View details
Senior Government Lawyer
Category: Other | Location: Canberra ACT 2600
View details
Exclusive: Salvos launches new practice with senior hire

Exclusive: Salvos launches new practice with senior hire

Guy Betar

A former group head and partner at a national firm has been recruited by Salvos Legal to help achieve its ambitious growth target.

Guy Betar (pictured), a former Sparke Helmore partner who set up the firm’s IP/IT legal services group in Sydney, has joined Salvos to drive a new IP and technology practice.

Mr Betar, who was most recently the senior legal counsel at global IT company TIBCO, told Lawyers Weekly he was not interested in returning to a large law firm.

“At this stage of my career, a smaller, more personal boutique style of firm is a much more appealing environment, where my skills and expertise are valued,” he said.

Salvos’ managing partner Luke Geary said the appointment of Mr Betar “fits neatly” within the firm’s strategy to grow its commercial practice by 20 per cent each year for the next five years.

“Salvos Legal has a fairly aggressive strategic plan it has set for itself and is constantly looking to grow its revenue to support [the firm’s pro bono practice] Salvos Legal Humanitarian. 

“The only way we can do that is by hiring top people who can help us create new entrances into the commercial market.”

Mr Betar has held a range of senior roles over his 20-year career, within firms and the executive level of large corporates. His experience includes managing large, multinational transactions in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the United States.

Appointed as a special counsel, Mr Betar joins three partners and 13 lawyers at Salvos Legal. These 16 fee-earners support three partners and four associates in the firm’s pro bono practice.

Salvos’ commercial group offers legal services in the areas of corporate, property and development and now IP and IT.

Mr Geary wants to significantly expand this side of the business and is seeking expressions of interest from property, corporate and commercial, and banking and finance partners.

His goal is to lure senior lawyers who can accelerate the firm’s financial growth in order to give Salvos Humanitarian the shot in the arm it needs to deliver millions of dollars worth of pro bono services.

“We are always looking for new senior people who can help us do great work for clients that get why we do what we do,” Mr Geary said.

Like this story? Read more:

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

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Exclusive: Salvos launches new practice with senior hire
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Scales of Justice, Victorian County Court, retiring judges
Aug 21 2017
Replacements named for retired Vic judges
Two new judicial officers have been appointed in the Victorian County Court, following the retire...
Aug 21 2017
LCA applauds proposed Modern Slavery Act
The Law Council of Australia has welcomed new recommendations for the development of a Modern Slaver...
Aug 21 2017
Top-tier offers targeted mentoring for Indigenous law students
Students at Macquarie University will be the first to benefit from a new Indigenous mentoring progra...
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'...
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...
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 & ...