Both SMEs and larger businesses in the Hunter are set to benefit from the bolstering of Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors (ABLA) Corporate and Commercial practice with a new senior appointment and expanded service offering.
Erin Brown has joined the firm’s Newcastle office as Special Counsel, focusing on business succession and estate planning. Erin develops tailored succession planning solutions for SMEs and high net worth individuals and also advises clients in relation to asset protection, corporate and business structuring and trusts.
Associate Director and Head of the Newcastle Corporate and Commercial team, Suzie Leask, said that Erin’s appointment will better serve ABLA’s growing list of clients with expanded services.
Suzie said extending ABLA’s business succession, structuring and estate planning offering in the Newcastle market was an obvious next step given the success of the firm locally.
In addition to her estate planning expertise, Erin has more than ten years’ corporate and commercial expertise including in private treaty mergers and acquisitions and capital raisings.
Erin has advised clients across a broad range of sectors including retail, manufacturing, engineering, technology and mining.
“It’s exciting to have another experienced corporate lawyer choose to join our firm,” Suzie said.
“Erin will combine her calm and caring nature with her commercial acumen to assist clients with what are often complex and sensitive issues,” she said.
Erin said she was attracted to working for ABLA because of the quality of its Newcastle team and its focus on championing the development and prosperity of business through its partnership with the NSW and Hunter business chambers.
“I am looking forward to working with business owners and directors to ensure they have suitable succession plans in place and that their assets are appropriately protected,” Erin said.
“I am part of a great Newcastle team and will also work closely with my business succession and estate planning colleagues in our Sydney office too.”
Erin is currently undertaking a Master of Laws, majoring in Wills and Estates and Estate Planning through the College of Law.
She has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from The University of Newcastle.
IMAGE | Erin Brown, with the Head of Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors (ABLA) Newcastle Corporate and Commercial team, Suzie Leask, and ABLA’s Managing Director – Corporate and Commercial, Iain Rennie. (left-right)