Record promotions at Hall & Wilcox Newcastle office

Record promotions at Hall & Wilcox Newcastle office

Hall & Wilcox has appointed two new partners, four senior associates and seven associates in Newcastle, as part of the firm’s 170 promotions across its eight offices.

The 170 national promotions include seven new partners, 17 special counsel, 27 senior associates, 110 associates and nine senior corporate services promotions.

Newcastle Office Partner in Charge Suzie Leask said the firm is delighted to welcome two Newcastle-based senior practitioners, Melinda Andrew and Erin Brown, to the partnership, with the number of Hunter-based promotions at all levels highlighting the firm’s depth of local talent and commitment to the Hunter region, as well as developing and rewarding its people.

“The promotions reflect our commitment to the Hunter region and the diverse local businesses and national corporates that our talented legal experts work with across our full service commercial and insurance practice areas. We are one of the leading national firms in the Newcastle region and we are doing amazing work with Hunter clients with local, national and international businesses,” Suzie said.

“We are proud to support local businesses as they grow and expand and deal with challenging business conditions, with our Newcastle office experts also doing national work with clients across the country and with our interstate colleagues.”

Melinda is an experienced defendant insurance litigator who helps insurers manage CTP personal injury claims in NSW. Erin is an estate planning specialist who regularly advises privately held businesses, high net worth individuals and family groups in relation to their succession planning.

The new senior associates are: Jennifer Andrews, Mikaela Bensley, Katelyn Cant and Christopher Macmillan.

The associate role is a new one introduced by Hall & Wilcox. Associates have a minimum of two years post-admission experience working as a lawyer and provide a consistently great technical and service experience to our clients. 

Suzie said the creation of the associate role allowed the firm to recognise the great work being done by lawyers earlier in their careers.

The new associates are: Bree Cohen, Charu Lamichhane, Emma McDonald, Larissa Pearson, Amy Starling, Madeline Tait and Donna Willis.

The appointments take effect from 1 July 2024. As at 1 July, the firm will have approximately 1150 people, including 145 partners, spread across eight offices. The Newcastle office now has over 70 people working in it.

IMAGE | The new partners (left to right): Angie Gimisis, Seun Idowu, Melinda Andrew, Tina Lung, Clare Kerley, Hannah Peddie, Erin Brown.

Hall & Wilcox

 Hall & Wilcox is a leading independent Australian law firm of over 1200 people, including 145 partners, delivering outstanding legal services to corporate, public sector and private clients, both Australian-based and those offshore doing business in Australia.

We have offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide and Darwin.

Our purpose is to enable our clients, people and communities to thrive. We are renowned for our Smarter Law approach, in which we look beyond the status quo to think differently and find solutions that are better, faster and cheaper. Hall & Wilcox supports clients to achieve their business objectives and prosper during times of change.

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