Thomson Geer poaches all Dentons partners in Brisbane

By Jerome Doraisamy|17 July 2020
Thomson Geer poaches all Dentons partners in Brisbane

National firm Thomson Geer has hired 21 lawyers, including support staff, from global firm Dentons.

Thomson Geer (TG) has signed five partners, 16 lawyers and a support staff team from Dentons in a move that has seen all partners from the global firm’s Brisbane office join TG.

The national firm’s newest partners are Matthew Rollason, Scott Guthrie, Jeff Baker and Kirsten Pike, a quartet which comprised all the partners from Denton’s Brisbane office. The fifth lawyer to join TG as a partner is Joseph Ip, a managing associate from Denton’s Melbourne office who is joining TG as a partner.

The addition of the senior lawyers from the Brisbane arm of Dentons will “entrench Thomson Geer comfortably in the top 10 law firms in Australia by partner number”, the national firm said in a statement.


It currently has 116 partners across its Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide offices.

The appointments will further strengthen TG’s national real estate and banking capabilities, the firm continued, and will serve to offer greater defence against further economic downturns in the Sunshine State.

Turning its attention to the coronavirus pandemic, TG said it has not had to mandate cuts to lawyer hours or pay throughout the COVID-19 crisis: “Notwithstanding that the firm expects the next six months to be very difficult for the legal market as government stimulus packages end, the firm is among the first in Australia to take advantage of the instability among the [pandemic-stricken] economic conditions.”


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