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Carroll & O’Dea elevates 17

Mid-tier firm Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers has promoted 17 lawyers to more senior roles, with those promotions having taken effect at the start of the new financial year.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 03 July 2023 SME Law
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Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers has elevated 17 lawyers to begin FY24, with one being named to partner, four becoming special counsel, five being named as senior associates, and seven being promoted to associate.

The firm’s newest partner is Hayley Aldrich (pictured), who won the Excellence Award at the 2021 Women in Law Awards.

The four new special counsel are Tom Felizzi, Matthew Forshaw, Greg McAllister, and Dianne Retief.


The new senior associates are Justine Anderson, Laura Flanagan, Wing Ho, Kristie James, and Alex Longbottom.

And the new associates are Christiane Al Khoury, Zoe Brindle, Grace Brophy, Hannah Duque, Dilan Kasturi, Thomas Ryan, and Maddison Summerhayes.

Speaking about the promotions, Carroll & O’Dea managing partner Hanaan Indari said: “Renewal and regeneration has been the key to our ongoing success over more than 124 years, and these new appointments bring with them a depth of skill that will support the firm well into the future.

“Our ongoing investment in our people reflects the firm’s commitment to diversity, and I am very proud that 12 of the appointments, or nearly three-quarters of this year’s promotions, are women. This is an important step towards meeting our target of a 40:20:20 gender balance in the firm’s leadership by 1 July 2028.

“These new appointments I am announcing today have all demonstrated excellence in their support of our clients as well as a high level of skill, and we are very proud of each and every one of them.

“By encouraging our talent, we are continuing to build a strong team and workplace culture that will reinvigorate the firm through our 125th anniversary next year and beyond. On behalf of the firm, I would like to congratulate the lawyers being promoted this July for their contributions to Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers over the years as well as their individual achievements.

“I want to make special acknowledgement of Hayley Aldrich, who has become partner, for her work on behalf of members of the stolen generations and First Nations people, which has been widely recognised across the legal community and through industry awards.

“Our people are our greatest asset, and these talented practitioners reflect the depth of skill and expertise of our entire team.”

Carroll & O’Dea has offices across metropolitan Sydney, including Sydney CBD, Parramatta and Campbelltown, as well as in Newcastle and the Hunter, Wollongong and the Illawarra, Melbourne as well as serving Queanbeyan and the ACT community.

The news also follows recent promotions rounds in the profession, including: MinterEllison promoting 91 on Friday, 30 June; three Australians making partner at Baker McKenzie on Friday; Colin Biggers & Paisley promoting 13 on Friday; Clyde & Co naming 13 new senior associates, as reported this morning (Monday 3 July); Meridian elevating 12 lawyers, also reported this morning; Allens promoting 70 on Thursday, 29 June; the elevation of eight, including four to partner, at PCL Lawyers, also on Thursday the 29th; IPH promoting 25, including seven to principal, also on Thursday, the 29th; Russell Kennedy’s promotion of 18 on Wednesday, 28 June; Slater & Gordon promoting 46; Holman Webb elevating eight and nabbing three new partners from BigLaw rivals, also on Wednesday, the 28th; Herbert Smith Freehills’ elevation of 46 to senior associate on Tuesday, 27 June; the promotion of 12, including three to partner, at Arnold Bloch Leibler, on Tuesday, the 27th; Holding Redlich’s promotion of 41 lawyers to more senior roles, also on 27 June; Hamilton Locke’s elevation of 14 across its firm and one in its allied business, on Tuesday; HopgoodGanim’s promotion of 25, including four to partner on Monday, 26 June; Hicksons’ promotion of 10, also on Monday; 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.