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Sydney firm makes string of new hires

A Sydney law firm has announced two partner hires from rival firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth, on top of another 23 new appointments.

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A Sydney law firm has announced two partner hires from rival firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth, on top of another 23 new appointments.

Henry Davis York, which has seen two years of record growth, hired former Corrs lawyers Patrick O’Grady and Tim Barton to its partnership, bringing the total partner numbers to 52.

The firm has appointed 5 new partners, 6 special counsel and 17 senior associates effective 1 July.

Matthew McMillan, Lucinda McCann and Leonard McCarthy are internal promotions to the partnership while Corrs banking and finance partners, O'Grady and Barton, are lateral appointments.


"As former national practice group leader of the Corrs banking and finance team, [O'Grady] brings solid industry experience to the firm," HDY’s managing partner, Sharon Cook said.

"With particular expertise in front-end banking and finance deals ranging from structured and asset finance, to corporate finance and property development projects, [he] will add considerable depth and support to the group at partner level."

On the appointment of Barton, Cook said: "With particular Australian and international experience in syndicated loans, securitisation, venture capital finance and general commercial lending, [Barton] brings particular experience and skills which will consolidate our position as one of Australia's leading banking and finance practices."

The firm has also hired Karen Moreira, Sarah Worsfield and Tania Tomaszewska as special counsel in its banking, restructuring and insolvency group, as well as Christina Seppelt in corporate advisory and Angela Tan and Kerry Abadee in commercial disputes.

New senior associates in banking, restructuring and insolvency include Laura Farley, Noel McCoy, Robyn Nairn, Michelle Teng, James Falconer and Sarah Williams Hart. In property environment and projects, Sarah Froh has been made a senior associate, and in workplace relations and safety, Penny Karvouniaris and Rebecca Lesiw have also been promoted.

Also made senior associate are Breanna Davies, Hazel Larkin, Amanda Thompson, Naomi Philp and Scott Allen in corporate advisory, Greg Carruthers-Smith in commercial disputes and Ariki Ngatai and Alex Whiteside in construction.

Henry Davis York has experience record revenue growth in the past two years, with a 15 per cent increase in 2009 financial year to $85 million and an estimated 13 per cent increase for the current financial year to $96 million.

Cook said: "While we are still finalising our budgets for the next Financial Year, we expect this growth trend in our revenues to continue at around 10 per cent."


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