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Mid-tier firm completes merger with boutique

A mid-tier law firm has taken its partner count to 42 by finalising its merger with a Brisbane-based boutique and via its latest promotions round.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 02 July 2021 SME Law
Mid-tier firm completes merger with boutique
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HopgoodGanim Lawyers, which has offices in Brisbane and Perth, has completed its merger with CRH Law, which specialises in elder law, the not-for-profit sector, aged care and retirement law.

The newly merged entity will operate under the HopgoodGanim brand, and will allow the mid-tier to “provide enhanced services to our private clients and those in not-for-profit, retirement living and aged care sectors”, it proclaimed.

Speaking about the finalised merger, firm managing partner Bruce Humphrys said: “The sustainable growth of our firm has been a long-term priority of the partners with a focus on organic growth, strategic acquisitions and lateral hires.


“CRH Law have already felt part of HopgoodGanim given our close working relationship, but it is really pleasing to have them officially join us.”

CRH partner Brian Herd (pictured) added: “HopgoodGanim is a significant and very reputable mid-tier firm with a reputation for exceptional service, a relationship culture and gifted legal technicians.

“Our clients will now have the benefit of a full service commercial offering and a large team of legal and commercial advisers in the west and east.” 

The news follows HopgoodGanim’s merger with Perth-based firm Hunt & Humphry back in 2017.

HopgoodGanim has also announced the promotion of 19 lawyers, including one new partner, four new special counsel, four new senior associates and 10 new associates.

The firm’s newest partner is Kim Hinton (pictured), and the newest special counsel are Fraser Bax, Thomas Buckley, Linda Cannings and Cal Doran.

Its new senior associates are Kim Eichorn, Catherine Nufer-Barr, Jess Owen and Isabel Vidot, and the new associates are Elliott Baldwin, Chris Cullen, Ben Lanskey, Garrett Pearce, Frances-Ellen Peek, Tom O'Connor, Rachael Stowasser, Jonathan Stynes, Hannah Watson and Emma Woods.

The promotions were effective as of 1 July 2021.

Also, as part of the merger, HopgoodGanim welcomed the following practitioners: partners Brian Herd and Joanne O'Brien (pictured), special counsel Margaret Arthur, senior associate Rebecca Edwards and associates Matthew Cartwright and Tegan McMahon.

The addition of these practitioners means that the firm now has 42 partners and almost 300 professionals. 

Mr Humphrys said: “I am immensely proud of our 19 promotions, all practitioners who have gone above and beyond to deliver exceptional outcomes for our clients.”

The news follows Norton Rose Fulbright elevating 27, MinterEllison promoting 82 to more senior roles, Herbert Smith Freehills promoting 55, Maddocks promoting 47, Wotton + Kearney elevating 34 lawyers as part of their biggest senior promotions round in history, national firm Holding Redlich elevating 45 lawyers across the country, global firms KWM and Allens promoting 63 staff and 24 staff respectively, McCullough Robertson elevating 16 to new positions, Moray & Agnew promoting 25 to new roles, Hall & Wilcox promoting 36 to senior roles, Dentons promoting 14 to new positions, and King & Wood Mallesons adding 10 to the partnership ranks.

Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy is the editor of Lawyers Weekly. A former lawyer, he has worked at Momentum Media as a journalist on Lawyers Weekly since February 2018, and has served as editor since March 2022. He is also the host of all five shows under The Lawyers Weekly Podcast Network, and has overseen the brand's audio medium growth from 4,000 downloads per month to over 60,000 downloads per month, making The Lawyers Weekly Show the most popular industry-specific podcast in Australia. Jerome is also the author of The Wellness Doctrines book series, an admitted solicitor in NSW, and a board director of Minds Count.

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