Mills Oakley adds 2 new partners

By Jerome Doraisamy|06 November 2019

National firm Mills Oakley has hired new partners for its projects, energy and resources and property teams respectively.

Former Herbert Smith Freehills partner Robert de Boer has been appointed to the Mills’ Sydney office, bringing with him “more than 20 years of experience in energy and resources, bringing a strong corporate and commercial background advising boards and senior management on complex government and corporate projects relating to renewable energy, sustainable energy and energy regulation”, the firm said in a statement.

Speaking about the hire, Mills Oakley CEO John Nerurker said that the firm was fortunate to have secured an outstanding talent.

“Energy and resources has been a growth area for Mills Oakley over the past year and we have added a number of high-profile clients in this space,” he said.


“With his global connections and world-class expertise, Robert is ideally positioned to take the practice to the next level.”

Mr de Boer said that he was attracted by Mills Oakley’s innovative culture.

“In my time in the San Francisco Bay Area, I worked with not only the start-up community, but also global vehicle manufacturers and construction companies, world cities, campuses and private property developers. I see a lot of the same start-up ambition, entrepreneurialism and innovation at Mills Oakley and I am looking forward to making my contribution to that story,” he said.

The firm has also added partner Heath Gleig-Scott to the property group in its Brisbane office.

Mr Gleig-Scott was most recently head of the property team at Holman Webb and has also spent large parts of his career at Minter Ellison and Corrs Chambers Westgarth.


His expertise, the firm noted, “includes commercial acquisitions and disposals, as well as acting for major commercial and retail landlords and tenants across all asset types and jurisdictions”.

Mr Nerurker said Mr Gleig-Scott would add a new facet to the team.

“Our current Brisbane property practice has a strong reputation in the area of leasing which will be complemented by Heath’s deep experience in the acquisition, development and disposal of property. Heath’s practice also shares a number of clients with our own,” he observed.

Mr Gleig-Scott said that he was looking forward to being part of the Mills Oakley team.

“I have observed Mills Oakley go from strength to strength over the past decade in Brisbane and I am excited to be part of one of the great success stories in our local market, as well as nationally. In joining Mills Oakley, I am looking forward to being able to provide a full range of legal services to my current and future clients,” he observed.

Both Mr de Boer and Mr Gleig-Scott commenced with Mills Oakley last week.

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