Fate sealed for last of Sydney DibbsBarker partners

20 April 2018 By Emma Ryan

With just 10 days until the imminent closure of DibbsBarker, the whereabouts of its remaining Sydney partners who didn’t make the initial switch to Dentons has been revealed.

At last count, the destination of three Dibbs partners was unclear, following an announcement that the long-standing Australian law firm will cease to exist come 30 April.

When the news first broke about the soon-to-be-closed firm, it was revealed that 18 partners, as well as other staff, would be joining global heavyweight Dentons.

Others chose a different route, including Jane Wild and Andrew Flannery who announced an impending start at HWL Ebsworth, Fay Calderone at Hall & Wilcox, Joanne Hardwick at Piper Alderman and Brad Allen at Gadens’ Sydney office.


Meanwhile, Bill Burrough revealed his plans to retire.

According to Lawyers Weekly calculations, this put the destination of the last three Dibbs partners up in the air — two in Sydney and one in Brisbane.

Today, Keypoint Law has exclusively revealed that it has nabbed the last two remaining Sydney partners — Wendy Jacobs and Mark Addison. The pair will take to the firm as consulting principals once Dibbs closes shop in 10 days.

Ms Jacobs brings to Keypoint more than 25 years’ experience in restructuring and insolvency, having advised on some of Australia’s largest restructuring matters, including James Hardie and the Lehman Brothers, as well as significant insolvency matters, including HIH, New Cap Re and Fincorp.

Mr Addison brings over 30 years’ experience to the firm. Throughout his career, he has worked up particular expertise in the areas of insolvency, commercial disputes and litigation, acting for large corporations such as listed companies, banks and large private companies and government bodies both at a state and Commonwealth level.

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“I am delighted to welcome Wendy and Mark to the firm. Both are first-rate lawyers with impressive track records in the areas of restructuring, insolvency and disputes. Their depth of expertise and commitment to their clients will further bolster our highly regarded insolvency and disputes teams,” said CEO of Keypoint, Warren Kalinko.

“Keypoint is committed to recruiting the best legal talent and the appointment of Wendy and Mark demonstrates that our approach is resonating. They join us at an exciting time as we continue to strengthen our client offering with the addition of high-calibre senior lawyers.”

Fate sealed for last of Sydney DibbsBarker partners
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