​Firm sticks to its expansion playbook

Peter Godfrey
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Mills Oakley is sticking to its game-plan of rapid Australia-wide expansion by announcing two new appointments to its Brisbane office.

Senior lawyers Tony Butler and Clayton Payne will join Mills Oakley in April.

Butler will join the firm as partner, leaving behind DLA Piper where he led the real estate practice for over ten years.

Butler’s real estate practice had a particular focus on asset management for institutional and large owners of freehold and leasehold assets.

Clayton Payne has left Sparke Helmore to be appointed as special counsel at Mills Oakley and will work in the newly established workplace relations, employment and safety practice. 

The expansion of the workplace practice means it now has a presence in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
 
Last month Mills Oakley CEO John Nerurker told Australasian Lawyer that the firm was “working feverishly hard to position itself as a leading domestic law firm,” and hinted that expansion of the firm's Brisbane presence would soon follow.
 
Mills Oakley brought five new partners and 30 legal staff on board for its Sydney offices in the previous two months, boosting the firm’s total number of partners to 52. 

All these new appointments have come as Mills Oakley celebrates its 150th anniversary, having been founded in Melbourne in 1864 by John Scott Mills.

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