Mills Oakley elevates 21

By Emma Ryan|30 June 2019

National law firm Mills Oakley has elevated 21 employees as part of its new financial year promotions.

Included in the 21 promotions are three new partners: Chris Bishop, Nirupa Manoharan and Troy Palmer.

Mr Bishop, based in Mills Oakleys Brisbane government and administrative law team, brings a wealth of experience to the partnership.

Throughout his career, he has advised Commonwealth officers and departments on merits and judicial review litigation, the development and implementation of government policy initiatives, and sound decision-making procedures.


Ms Manoharan, who has relocated to Perth for the new gig but continues to service Melbourne clients as well, operates out of the firm’s commercial disputes and insolvency teams. 

Ms Manoharan specialises in restructuring, litigious and advisory insolvency, securities law, contractual and financial disputes, holding extensive experience in prosecuting claims under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), where she has advised on issues relating to the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) and undertaking debt and asset recovery. 

Meanwhile, Mr Palmer is a member of Mills Oakley’s Melbourne-based private advisory team, holding extensive experience in estate planning, estate litigation, deceased estates, succession and elder law.

According to the statement from Mills, he is one of the very few Law Institute Accredited Specialists in Wills and Estates.

As part of its FY promotions, Mills Oakley has also elevated seven special counsel: Jamie Arandt (commercial litigation - Melbourne), Michelle Fisher (insurance - Perth), Jacqueline McStay (corporate - Sydney), Carly Mirza-Price (family law - Sydney), Nicola Murphy (toxic torts - Sydney), Adrian Papaianni (insurance - Sydney) and Mitchell Spurge (property - Perth).


And 11 senior associates: Cameron Adair (commercial litigation - Sydney), Isabella Barnes (finance - Melbourne), Sindri Bergsson (insurance - Sydney), Thomas Blanch (toxic torts - Sydney), Dean Brayley (commercial litigation - Melbourne), Lana Hulse (family law - Melbourne), Trang Le Huy (insurance - Brisbane), Belinda Randazzo (commercial litigation - Melbourne), Nathan Timmins (insurance - Melbourne), Lisa Watkins (insurance - Perth) and Ada Wong (government and administrative law).

“Rewarding excellence is an essential part of our firm culture,” said Mills Oakley CEO John Nerurker, commenting on the elevations.

“We do not have quotas or other arbitrary restrictions on how many people can be promoted each year. We are very clear that reward follows performance, as night follows day.”

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