find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Boutiques succeed in government practice

Boutiques succeed in government practice


Three quarters of the government category finalists in the 2016 Partner of the Year Awards work at boutique firms.

The finalists for the inaugural Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards have been announced, with three out of the four government category finalists hailing from boutique firms, and one from a global.

The finalists are MacDonnells Law partners Eleanor Scott and Jennifer Humphris, Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers partner Geoff Adams and King & Wood Mallesons partner Stephen Jaggers.

Eleanor Scott was simultaneously promoted to partner and head of the MacDonnells Law state-wide government practice group in 2015 following her success as a senior associate.

Following her appointment she spent a significant amount of personal time travelling to the remotest corners of Queensland and the Torres Strait to provide face-to-face service to clients, in a bid to retain and grow the firm's government client base.

Her efforts resulted in the retention of most of the firm's existing local government clients, and the significant growth of its Indigenous local government client base from three councils to 12 across Queensland.

Ms Scott’s colleague at MacDonnells Law Jennifer Humphris is also a government finalist.

Ms Humphris is a partner within MacDonnells Law's state-wide government practice and leads the firm's native title and Aboriginal cultural heritage team.

She is appointed to the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Panel of Specialist Native Title Practitioners and her clients include local governments, government-owned energy corporations, port authorities and commercial organisations.

Last year, Jennifer successfully negotiated or managed the negotiation of over 10 Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) for her government clients to resolve the relationship between the exercise of government and native title interests.

Geoff Adams has led the government practice group at Canberra-based law firm Meyer Vandenberg since 2012.

In 2014-15, Mr Adams led a team advising on a major new program for the Commonwealth Department of Health, the My Health Record system. The work involved full-time on-site support, over nine months in 2014-15 and continuing, to the Department by a core team led by Mr Adams.

Representing the big players in this category is Mr Jaggers, who has been King & Wood Mallesons’ partner in charge in Canberra since 2011.

He has also held a leadership role in the government sector team for the last three years, during which he has developed and implemented the firm's Commonwealth strategy of focusing business development effort on three key Commonwealth Departments in order to build a deeper relationship and understand clients more fully.

Winners will be announced at a black-tie gala on 28 April at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth – tickets on sale now.

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

Boutiques succeed in government practice
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Oct 20 2017
Podcast: One of law’s most infamous alumni – in conversation with Julian Morrow
In this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, Melissa Coade is joined by The Chaser’s Julian Morrow....
Oct 20 2017
High Court overturns ‘excessive’ anti-protest legislation
Bob Brown’s recent victory in the High Court over the Tasmanian government was a win for fundament...
Oct 20 2017
Changes to Australian citizenship laws blocked
Attempts to beef up the requirements to obtain Australian citizenship were thwarted this week, after...
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 & ...