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Firm makes 10 elevations, promotes 2 to partner

Carter Newell Lawyers has welcomed two new lawyers to its partnership and elevated eight others to special counsel, senior associate and associate.

user iconNaomi Neilson 07 September 2020 SME Law
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Specialist firm Carter Newell Lawyers has advanced Lara Radik and Julie Bowker into its partnership in a “record” promotion for the firm, with 70 per cent being female staff and half of male and female new promotions working in a part-time capacity.

The firm also welcomed the elevations of new special counsel Kelly Pain, Greg Stirling, Allison Bailey and Heidi Bayles. Luke Bush moved into an associate role as Stephanie Levesque, Joseph Brighouse and Stephanie Huestis moved up into senior associate.

Managing partner Paul Hopkins said he was “thrilled” to be making the new elevations, adding it was a “record number” in all three of its offices.


“We are embracing the new now and moving forward. Our focus remains on the growth and most notably the high-level service and expertise we provide to clients, especially as we continue to embrace the changes and adapt our flexible firms,” he said.

Located in the firm’s Sydney office, Ms Bowker specialises in insurance law with focus on professional indemnity. Ms Radik leads the firm’s workplace advisory practice and focuses on workplace and industrial relations and workplace health and safety.

“We are delighted to have Lara and Julie join the partnership as they each bring a set of unique attributes that strengthens our firm culture and offerings,” Mr Hopkins said.

Ms Pain is a senior commercial lawyer in the firm’s corporate team and Ms Bailey acts for insurers and corporations with respect to public and product liability disputes within the property and injury liability team. Ms Bayles specialises in advising and defending professional indemnity claims and Mr Stirling manages a range of these claims with a specific focus on claims against solicitors and other professional service providers.

New senior associate Ms Levesque is a specialist defence insurance lawyer acting for insurers and insureds, while Mr Brighouse acts for a range of medical professionals in a broad range of pre-court and litigated claims. Ms Huestis has extensive experience acting for major insurers and self-insureds in Australia and overseas.

Working out of the Melbourne office, Mr Bush practices across both financial lines and general liability matters, having worked in-house for many years at a major insurer.

“Our promotion strategy has always been based on ‘grow our own’,” said Mr Hopkins. “It gives me great pleasure that some of these new senior elevations are lawyers who commenced their career from university with us.”