28 Feb 2017
February 28, 2017, 2:30 pm

The finalists for Lawyers Weekly’s 2017 Partner of the Year Awards have been revealed.

The second annual Partner of the Year Awards received a record number of submissions across 23 hotly contested categories.

Winners will be announced at a black-tie event at The Westin in Sydney on 28 April, recognising outstanding performance by partners across a broad range of practice areas.

Lawyers Weekly would like to congratulate the finalists, we look forward to seeing you at the event.

The 2017 Partner of the Year finalists are:

Banking and Finance

Claire Rogers, King & Wood Mallesons Harry New, Hall & Wilcox Helen Ord, Dentons Katherine Forrest, King & Wood Mallesons Mark Inston, Hall & Wilcox Michael Goss, DibbsBarker Sonia Apikian, Gadens Yuen-Yee Cho, King & Wood Mallesons


Brendan Earle, Herbert Smith Freehills Claire Carton, Griffin Legal Glenn Hughes, Russells Hiroshi Narushima, Gilbert + Tobin Lauren Magraith, Baker McKenzie Dr Martyn Taylor, Norton Rose Fulbright Michele Muscillo, HopgoodGanim Lawyers Peter Cook, Gilbert + Tobin Peter Jolly, Thynne + Macartney Stuart Byrne, Clayton Utz

Competition, Trade and Regulation

Caroline Coops, King & Wood Mallesons Kirsten Webb, Clayton Utz Luke Woodward, Gilbert + Tobin Dr Martyn Taylor, Norton Rose Fulbright Sharon Henrick, King & Wood Mallesons Stephen Voss, Thomson Geer

Construction and Infrastructure

Amanda Davidson, Davidson Legal, Consulting, Advisory Chris Mitchell, King & Wood Mallesons David Hugo, Herbert Smith Freehills Donna Sewell, See Well Law Greg Richards, Mills Oakley Janelle Kerrisk, Helix Legal Mark Yum, Madison Marcus Law Firm Sandra Steele, K&L Gates Sergio Capelli, Clayton Utz


Andrew Tiedt, Armstrong Legal Daniel Hua, Cridland & Hua Lawyers

Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Alex Haslam, Gilchrist Connell Andrew Lacey, McCabes Lawyers Crispian Lynch, Gilbert + Tobin Grant Bonner, Norton Rose Fulbright Jason Betts, Herbert Smith Freehills John Pavlakis, Ashurst Louise Massey, Dentons Peter Pether, King & Wood Mallesons Robert Ishak, William Roberts Lawyers Sean Radburn, Somerville Laundry Lomax Solicitors

Family Law

Ben O'Neill, O'Neill Family Law Geoff Wilson, HopgoodGanim Lawyers Malcolm Gittoes-Caesar, Coleman Greig Lawyers Michael Seton, Ryan & Seton Lawyers Pierce Carstensen, McInnes Wilson Lawyers Reagan Wilson, Best Wilson Buckley Family Law

Financial Services

Astrid Raetze, Baker McKenzie Claire Wivell Plater, The Fold Legal Jon Ireland, Henry Davis York Kate Jackson-Maynes, King & Wood Mallesons Liz Hastilow, K&L Gates Michael Vrisakis, Herbert Smith Freehills Michelle Segaert, Squire Patton Boggs Natalie Cambrell, Lander & Rogers Nathan Hodge, King & Wood Mallesons Scott Charaneka, Thomson Geer


Andrew Rentoul, MinterEllison Caroline Bush, Clayton Utz Geoff Adams, Meyer Vandenberg Stephen Jaggers, King & Wood Mallesons


Alison Choy Flannigan, Holman Webb Arthur Koumoukelis, Dentons Ben McLaughlin, Baker McKenzie Rob McInnes, DibbsBarker Sabine Phillips, Gadens Teresa Nicoletti, Mills Oakley


Dom Emmett, Gilbert + Tobin James Marshall, Ashurst Jason Opperman, K&L Gates Mark Love, BAL Lawyers Scott Atkins, Henry Davis York Tim Klineberg, King & Wood Mallesons


Alex Haslam, Gilchrist Connell Deborah Templeman, Gilchrist Connell Gillian Davidson, Sparke Helmore Lawyers Katherine Ruschen, Mills Oakley

Intellectual Property

Chris Round, K&L Gates Hayden Delaney, HopgoodGanim Lawyers John Lee, Gilbert + Tobin Julie Robb, Banki Haddock Fiora Katrina Rathie, King & Wood Mallesons Ken Philp, Bennett & Philp Lawyers Scott Bouvier, King & Wood Mallesons Shannon Platt, Sparke Helmore Lawyers Stuart Green, DibbsBarker

Mergers and Acquisitions

Bruce Adkins, Corrs Chambers Westgarth Diana Nicholson, King & Wood Mallesons Nick Humphrey, K&L Gates Peter Stirling, King & Wood Mallesons Philippa Stone, Herbert Smith Freehills Phillip Roberts, O'Loughlins Lawyers Richard Partridge, Gadens Rory Moriarty, Clayton Utz Tim Gordon, Gilbert + Tobin Wendy Rae, Allens


Alison Ryan, Refugee Advice Casework Service Anne O'Donoghue, Immigration Solutions Lawyers Chris Spentzaris, Fragomen George Hanna, GMH Legal Josh Chan, SHS Law

Native Title

Mark Geritz, Clayton Utz Marshall McKenna, Gilbert + Tobin Tony Denholder, Ashurst

Planning and Environment

Alan Bradbury, BAL Lawyers Anthony Whealy, Mills Oakley Jeff Lynn, Ashurst Meg Lee, Gadens Penny Murray, DibbsBarker Samantha Daly, McCullough Robertson Stan Kondilios, Hall & Wilcox

Pro Bono

Heidi Nash-Smith, Wotton + Kearney Jeremy King, Corrs Chambers Westgarth Mark Love, BAL Lawyers Michael Anglin, Salvos Legal Humanitarian Michael Ryland, Ashurst

Projects, Energy and Resources

Alan Maguire, Clayton Utz Amanda Davidson, Davidson, Legal, Consulting, Advisory Bruce Adkins, Corrs chambers Westgarth Craig Rogers, King & Wood Mallesons Jenni Hill, Clifford Chance Luke Westmore, Mills Oakley Samantha Daly, McCullough Robertson Tanya Denning, Ashurst

Real Estate

Carl Black, Squire Patton Boggs David Sinn, Herbert Smith Freehills Diane Skapinker, K&L Gates Felicity Savage, King & Wood Mallesons James Ryan, Speirs Ryan Matthew Rollason, DibbsBarker Nikki Robinson, Clayton Utz Robert Speirs, Speirs Ryan Susan Proctor, BAL Lawyers Virginia Briggs, MinterEllison


Arthur Athanasiou, Thomson Geer Betsy-Ann Howe, K&L Gates Biljana Apostolova, Gadens Lawyers Fletch Heinemann, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers Matthew Burgess, View Legal Pty Ltd Michael Clough, King & Wood Malleson Peter Bobbin, Argyle Lawyers Paul Sokolowski, Arnold Bloch Leibler

Technology, Media and Communications

Dr Martyn Taylor, Norton Rose Fulbright Matthew McMillan, Henry Davis York Renae Lattey, King & Wood Mallesons Robert Neely, Lander & Rogers Simon Burns, Gilbert + Tobin

Workplace Relations

Alison Baker, Hall & Wilcox Anthony Longland, Herbert Smith Freehills Anthony Wood, Herbert Smith Freehills Brett Feltham, DLA Piper Australia Carlie Holt, Sparke Helmore Lawyers Fay Calderone, DibbsBarker Herb Fischbacher, MST Lawyers John Wilson, BAL Lawyers Sally Woodward, Norton Rose Fulbright Sharlene Wellard, Meridian Lawyers

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