HSF announces leadership reshuffle

By Stefanie Garber|29 September 2015

Herbert Smith Freehills has unveiled a number of changes to its global executive team, including a shake-up to its Australian management.

Under a raft of changes, the leadership of the Australia and Asia regions has been merged.

The joint regional managing partner Asia and Australia role will be held by Justin D’Agostino – previously the Asia managing partner – and Sydney-based partner Sue Gilchrist.

Mr D'Agostino will also continue in his role as global head of dispute resolution.


Former Australian managing partner Jason Ricketts has been appointed global head of practice finance, real estate and projects.

Other changes to the global leadership team include the appointment of Scott Cochrane as global head of practice corporate, Ian Cox as regional managing partner EMEA, UK and US, Geoff McClellan as managing partner clients and sectors, and Patrick St John as managing partner strategic implementation.

The remaining positions on the global executive remain unchanged, with Sonya Leydecker and Mark Rigotti staying as joint CEOs.

Ms Leydecker said the new structure would foster closer “collaboration and connectivity” between regional offices.

According to Mr Rigotti, the change came as a number of executive terms were coming to an end.


“This is the right time to make some changes to the general structure of the executive, to ensure that it correctly reflects the needs of the business for our future development as a leading international law firm,” he said.

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