Corrs Chambers Westgarth
is ushering in its next generation, announcing 25 senior legal promotions that take effect at the start of 2017.
The firm says that the nine new special counsel and 16 new senior associates will be its next generation of leaders.
Corrs Partner and CEO, John W.H. Denton
AO, said the promotions reflet the firms strong and consistent commitment to the development of its people and future leaders.
“Each of these lawyers has been recognised for their exceptional commitment to our clients, our firm, their workgroups and colleagues, and I’m very pleased to be able to congratulate them on their achievements,” he said.
The new special counsels are Alison Teh (Construction – Brisbane), Alistair Newton (Intellectual Property, Technology & Competition – Melbourne), Catherine Oldenburg (Litigation – Sydney), Franka Cheung (Energy & Resources – Brisbane), Kate Betts (Litigation – Brisbane), Katrina Sleiman (Litigation – Sydney), Kieran Egan (Taxation – Sydney), Marie Costa (Workplace Relations – Melbourne) and Nicole Graham (Corporate Advisory – Sydney).
The new senior associates are Courtney Fiddian (Workplace Relations – Perth), Daniel Hourigan (Property & Infrastructure – Brisbane), Danielle Jansse (Property & Infrastructure – Melbourne), Han Yong (Construction – Sydney), Hannah Nichols (Litigation – Melbourne), Jaclyn Smith (Construction – Melbourne), Julie Myers (Banking & Finance – Brisbane), Kathryn May (Corporate Advisory – Melbourne), Keely Muston (Construction – Melbourne), Lisa Johnston (Property & Infrastructure – Brisbane), Niall Watson-Dunne (Litigation – Sydney), Pritasha Kumar (Intellectual Property, Technology & Competition – Sydney), Sam Wilson (Litigation – Perth), Sue Soueid (Litigation – Sydney), Tom Hutton (Litigation – Melbourne) and Vanessa McGlynn (Litigation – Sydney).
Teh joined Corrs as a Senior Associate in 2014. She began her career in commercial litigation, with a focus on US corporations law and securities investigations. For the last ten years, she has specialised in construction disputes across a broad range of industries including energy and resources, infrastructure, building and construction and technology.
Newton joined the Corrs Intellectual Property, Technology & Competition group in 2012 and since then has played pivotal roles in some of the firm’s most significant competition and consumer law matters. Prior to joining Corrs, he was a senior associate at another top-tier Australian law firm and in the London offices of Slaughter and May. He has deep experience in the full range of competition law (including merger clearance and ACCC investigation) and consumer law issues and regularly assists key clients of the firm on matters of strategic importance.
Meanwhile, Oldenburg joined Corrs as a lawyer in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (University of Technology, Sydney) and a Master of Laws (University of Sydney
). She specialises in insurance advice and litigation, as well as general commercial litigation and class actions.
Cheung joined Corrs as a graduate in 2005. Over the last 12 years, she has developed her practice as a specialist adviser to the energy and resources sector, in particular, in relation to the mining, electricity and rail industries, and on major projects and transactions.
Betts joined Corrs as a Senior Associate in 2014 as a specialist litigator with a strong practice advising the Queensland Government on health claims management, hospital management, clinical governance, accreditation, health practitioner regulatory matters and Health Ombudsman complaints.
Sleiman joined Corrs as a graduate in 2005. She holds a Master of Laws, Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Applied Finance. She has experience across a range of commercial litigation matters including securities and tort class actions, shareholder claims, directors’ duties, audit negligence and schemes of arrangement.
Egan joined Corrs as a graduate lawyer in 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours). He has more than ten years’ experience advising on taxes, with a specialisation in real estate and inbound investment.
Before joining Corrs in 2014, Costa was a Senior Associate at a leading criminal law firm during which time she also obtained her Master of Laws from Monash University
. She also worked as a criminal lawyer at the Supreme Court of Appeal. Since joining Corrs, her focus has been on building the workplace health and safety practice. With over a decade of experience, Marie’s skills are unique to Corrs and are invaluable under the current work health and safety statutory regime, which is a criminal regime. She assists a range of clients with incident response, advice, investigations, prosecutions and coronial inquests.
Graham has over ten years post-admission experience. She has a strong background in equity capital markets, public and private mergers & acquisitions, corporate restructures, commercial contracts, shareholders’ agreements, ASX and ASIC regulatory work and corporate governance advice. She has successfully co-ordinated large teams on several significant transactions.
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