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Arnold Bloch Leibler promotes 12, including 3 new partners

A prominent mid-tier firm with offices in Sydney and Melbourne has appointed three lawyers to its partnership and has also named a new special counsel and eight new senior associates.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 27 June 2023 SME Law
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Arnold Bloch Leibler (ABL) has revealed a promotions round right before the end of the financial year, with 12 lawyers being elevated to more senior roles.

Ben Friis-O’Toole, Raphael Leibler, and Gabriel Sakkal have all been named to the firm’s partnership.

Elsewhere, Brianna Youngson has been appointed as the firm’s newest special counsel.


And the firm has elevated the following professionals to senior associate: George Bassil, Harriet Craig, Ellie Mason, Jessica Ortner, Sosan Rahimi, Cameron Sivwright, Andrew Spierings, and Freeman Zhong.

All promotions are effective as of 1 July.

ABL senior partner Mark Leibler said that, in the year that the mid-tier firm celebrates its 70th anniversary, the promotions round demonstrates that “while much has changed over seven decades, the firm’s investment in talented lawyers, who provide consistently excellent service to clients, remains a hallmark of our culture”.

“The firm prides itself on offering lawyers the opportunity to advance and thrive as individuals, and these career milestones are a measure of how successfully our new appointees have responded,” he proclaimed.

ABL managing partner Henry Lanzer added that those promoted to more senior roles have “already made a considerable contribution” to the firm.

“These lawyers have owned our point of difference in the market and are making it their own as they advance in their careers,” he said.

“The inter-generational collaboration we encourage as a firm is a significant aspect of our strength.”

The news also follows recent promotions rounds in the profession, including: Hamilton Locke’s elevation of 14 across its firm and one in its allied business earlier today (Tuesday, 27 June); HopgoodGanim’s promotion of 25, including four to partner yesterday (Monday, 26 June); Hicksons’ promotion of 10, also yesterday; McCabes’ elevation of 13 to more senior roles, also on Monday; King & Wood Mallesons’ promotion of 77 lawyers, including 44 to senior associate, on Friday, 23 June; Wotton + Kearney elevated 34, including four to partner, also on Friday; Barry Nilsson promoting 21 on Thursday, 22 June; Hall & Wilcox promoting 48, including five to partner, on Wednesday, 21 June; McCullough Robertson elevated 17 lawyers, including two to partner, on Tuesday, 20 June; 55 being promoted as part of Mills Oakley’s EOFY promotions round on Monday, 19 June; the promotion of 23 at Thomson Geer on the same day; the elevation of 26 to more senior roles at Piper Alderman, also on the 19th; six new partners in Australia at King & Wood Mallesons announced on 16 June; the promotion of seven to partner at Gadens on 15 June; the elevation of 18 at the start of June at Johnson Winter Slattery, followed by its promotion of five to partner in late June; 35 senior promotions at Lander & Rogers in early June; four senior hires for MinterEllison’s consulting arm earlier this month; seven to partner at Moray & Agnew in late May; three new partners at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, also in late May; seven named as special counsel at Clyde & Co in early May; two new partners at DLA Piper as announced in late April; three new partners at Allen & Overy from April; seven to counsel roles at Herbert Smith Freehills in the same week and 10 to partner in Australia a week earlier; and the elevation of 13 to the partnership at Ashurst in mid-April.