Keypoint adds government consulting principal

By Jerome Doraisamy|05 April 2021
Lenny Leerdam

Award-winning law firm Keypoint Law has hired a new consulting principal with expertise in government, administrative law and refugee law.

Lenny Leerdam (pictured) – who served as a partner at DLA Piper for 15 years and then as a partner at Mills Oakley – has joined Keypoint as a consulting principal.

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Mr Leerdam has “extensive experience”, Keypoint said in a statement, in acting for Commonwealth agencies, including the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Taxation Office, Services Australia, the Department of Health, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, the Migration Agents Registration Authority and the National Disability Insurance Agency.

His work covers advisory and litigation, the firm continued, and noted that, “in many cases, Lenny undertakes the advocacy work in Tribunals and Courts in place of counsel from the private bar”.

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Speaking about the firm’s latest senior hire, Keypoint chief executive Warren Kalinko said that he was “delighted” to welcome Mr Leerdam.

“Lenny strengthens our offering in the areas of Government and Administrative Law, as we seek to expand our work in these areas,” he said.

“In particular, Keypoint was appointed to the Commonwealth Government’s Whole of Government Legal Panel in 2019 in the areas of Public Law, Commercial Law and Secondments; and Lenny’s joining further strengthens our offering under that panel. We very much look forward to working with Lenny.”

Mr Leerdam added: “I am truly excited to be joining Keypoint Law. Much has been written about the challenges facing the legal profession, but at its heart, this is all about an individual’s ability to flexibly service the needs of her or his client.”

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