TRESSCOX LAWYERS, one of the oldest firms in Australia, has announced the appointment of Peter Smith as managing partner.
The move marks a change for the firm, which has replaced its management structure from that of CEO to managing partner. According to the firm, this alteration was taken as part of its continued growth and development and follows the appointment of 15 new partners and consultants in the last 15 months across its offices.
With more than 25 years’ experience as a commercial litigator, Smith has expertise in the areas of contracts, insurance and building and construction litigation. He will continue to act as manager of the firm’s litigation division.
A partner for more than 15 years at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Smith’s career highlights include acting for BHP Coal in 1996 to 2000 in a dispute with its contractor concerning the Mt Owen mine site in NSW, in which damage claims reached more than $100 million. As well, he acted for the Burger King Corporation until 2000 in relation to a major franchise dispute.
TressCox recently refurbished the client service areas of its King Street, Sydney offices. This was said to be a result of its efforts to “create an even more client-oriented law firm”. Chairman of TressCox, Alistair Little, said the refurbishment fits in with the firm’s strategy of targeting growth in Sydney. “The renovations are the result of our expansion and increased demand from our clients and lawyers for in-house meetings and focused industry and legal briefings.”