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WA firm promotes ‘star’ 29-year-old to director

Western Australia-based firm Pragma Lawyers has elevated Nick Malone to its directorship, who steps into the role before his 30th birthday.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 08 June 2023 SME Law
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Nick Malone (pictured) has been promoted to director at Pragma Lawyers, where he started his career in 2016 before being admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2017.

In 2021, he became a senior associate, and — the firm said in a statement — has been “an integral part” of recent significant wins Pragma clients have had in the supreme and federal courts, along with Pragma’s role in appearing in various royal commissions.

The promotion, the firm said, sees one of the firm’s “star performers” elevated to its leadership ranks.


With Mr Malone’s promotion, all three directors at Pragma are under the age of 40, including managing partner Aaron McDonald and director Elizabeth McLean.

Speaking about the firm’s newest director, Mr McDonald said that Mr Malone represents the epitome of Pragma’s culture for advancing internal talent.

“Nick is dedicated to making Pragma the best it can be and has played a crucial role in recruitment, training, ongoing mentorship, and engagement with law students and graduates,” he said.

“He maintains an open-door policy, ensuring that younger staff always feel comfortable seeking guidance and advice from him. Experienced lawyers often comment to me about his advancement. I am fortunate to work with him.”

Ms McLean added: “We are so pleased to have Nick join the board of directors. Our firm’s reputation is built on helping clients reach swift and cost-effective resolution of legal matters, and Nick is a star contributor to achieving successful outcomes.

“His energy and drive at the leadership level with certainly help Pragma Lawyers head into the new financial year full steam ahead.”

Mr Malone teaches the Civil Litigation Module at the Piddington Society’s practical legal training and is “actively involved” in the Subiaco Justice Centre’s social and fundraising events, the firm outlined.

Pragma Lawyers was established in Subiaco in 2014 to offer a disruptive alternative to established traditional firms for resolving legal matters. It currently has almost 50 staff.