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ABLA promotes 7

Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors (ABLA) has named a new director, two new associate directors, and four new senior associates.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 13 July 2023 SME Law
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Julian Arndt (pictured) has been elevated to director at ABLA, marking the first promotion to director level at the firm since it transitioned into a specialist workplace relations and employment law firm earlier this year.

His expertise, the firm said in a statement, is in the Fair Work Act, ‘owner drivers’, enterprise agreements, and modern awards. He has acted as lead advocate, advocate, or solicitor in a series of prominent test case proceedings including the ‘Menulog Award Case’, the Childcare Industry, Retail Industry, Public Holidays, Family Friendly working arrangements, Domestic Violence Leave, Casual and Part-Time, District Allowances, and Penalty rates.


Speaking about the promotion, ABLA managing director Luis Izzo said: “This is well-deserved recognition for Julian’s excellent skill set as a lawyer, prominence as an industrial practitioner, and enormous cultural contribution to our firm over many years.”

Elsewhere, Kate Thomson and Caitlin Vincent have been elevated to associate director in the firm’s Newcastle office and Alana Rafter, Jordan Lombardelli, Rhys Kingston, and Victor Song have all been promoted to senior associate.

These promotions, the firm noted, “mark the largest cohort of promotions in our history and having moved earlier this year to be a solus workplace relations and employment law firm, cements the strength and capability of the team”.

The news followed recent promotions rounds in the profession, including: DLA Piper promoting 10 in Australia on 11 July; HWL Ebsworth elevating 72 lawyers, including seven to partner, as reported on Friday (7 July); Norton Rose Fulbright promoting 28, as reported on the same date; Gilchrist Connell promoting 12 and hiring another seven senior lawyers, reported by Lawyers Weekly on Thursday (6 July); Clayton Utz promoting 64 on Tuesday (4 July); Dentons promoting 14, including four to partner, on Monday (3 July); Carroll & O’Dea elevating 17, also on Monday (3 July); MinterEllison promoting 91 on Friday (30 June); three Australians making partner at Baker McKenzie on Friday (30 June); Colin Biggers & Paisley promoting 13 on Friday (30 June); Clyde & Co naming 13 new senior associates, as reported on Monday (3 July); Meridian elevating 12 lawyers, also reported on Monday (3 July); Allens promoting 70 on Thursday (29 June); the elevation of eight, including four to partner, at PCL Lawyers, also on Thursday (29 June); IPH promoting 25, including seven to principal, also on Thursday (29 June); 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 (28 June); 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 (27 June); Holding Redlich’s promotion of 41 lawyers to more senior roles, also on Tuesday 27 June; Hamilton Locke’s elevation of 14 across its firm and one in its allied business, on Tuesday (27 June); HopgoodGanim’s promotion of 25, including four to partner on Monday (26 June); Hicksons’ promotion of 10, also on Monday (26 June); McCabes’ elevation of 13 to more senior roles, also on Monday (26 June); 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 (23 June); 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 19 June; 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.

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