Mills Oakley adds partner to Canberra office
National firm Mills Oakley has strengthened its commercial litigation capability by hiring a new partner in the nation’s capital.
Bernice Ellis has been appointed from Meyer Vandenberg in Canberra. Prior to entering legal practice, she practised as a tax adviser for over a decade at the ATO, EY and Raytheon Australia.
She is one of a number of recent partner hires who have enhanced Mills Oakley’s taxation offering, with other examples including disputes partner Ashley Tiplady in Brisbane and taxation partner Marina Raulings in Melbourne, the firm noted in a statement.
“Ms Ellis is an experienced commercial litigator specialising in all aspects of insolvency, debt recovery, tax controversy and compulsory land acquisition. She also has substantial experience in areas such as defamation, professional negligence, shareholder and partnership disputes and building and construction disputes,” it said.
Commenting on this latest hire, Mills Oakley CEO John Nerurker said that the firm greatly valued Ms Ellis’ “strong local reputation”.
“While other national firms have downgraded their Canberra offices to ‘fly in, fly out’ status, Mills Oakley is committed to hiring talent with a genuine connection to our nation’s capital. As someone who has spent all her professional career in the Canberra market and is well-known and respected by clients, Bernice will help us fulfil our mission of building a full-service offering in Canberra,” he said.
Ms Ellis added that she was attracted by the firm’s capacity to articulate a clear vision for the future.
“I’m delighted to be joining such a talented partner group, which has a real sense of clarity about where they want the firm to be in the next five years and how they are going to get there,” she said. “I’m also excited about my clients having access to the exceptional depth and breadth of legal expertise across the firm and the benefit of the strong Mills Oakley brand,” she said.