Dentons names new partners as it absorbs Adelaide firm

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Dentons has confirmed to Australasian Lawyer the names of its new partners in Australia as a result of absorbing Fisher Jeffries, its associate firm in Adelaide.

With the move, the world’s largest law firm adds 13 new partners to its nearly 10,000 lawyers worldwide. Fast-growing in Australia, the legal giant gets a boost in financial services, corporate, dispute resolution, construction and engineering, employment, manufacturing, and real estate.

The new partners are Susan Babidge, Alex Eyre, Vanessa Gore, Karen Guazzelli, Paul Griscti, Wendy Jones, Dean Kent, Stephen Lendrum, Nicholas Linke, James Marsh, Vince Mascolo, Fidelis McGarrigan, and Karen Thomas, who is the Fisher Jeffries managing partner.

“Dentons is delighted to be formalising its longstanding relationship with 130-year-old firm Fisher Jeffries,” said Ian Dardis, Dentons’ Australia CEO.

“Fisher Jeffries has an excellent reputation in South Australia as a specialist commercial firm, built on an intimate understanding of the local business market. And, as Australia’s defence hub, we see the combination with a leading local firm as having benefits for both domestic and global clients,” he added.

Australia region chair, Doug Stipanicev, who moved to Dentons from Gadens after the firms combined in 2016, said that growth has been a strategic priority of the firm in Australia.

“Since combining with Dentons, we have opened offices in the major Australian markets, connecting our talented lawyers to clients across Australia,” he said. “Clients will now benefit from working with a truly national team with financially integrated offices across Australia and more than 80 partners in the region.”

Thomas said that the combination with Dentons will help launch the South Australian firm “into the global marketplace and bring even more benefits for clients.”

“Clients will continue to benefit from working with a local firm that has operated in South Australia since 1885. They will now also have access to lawyers in 175 locations and to Dentons’ innovative, cost-effective and market-leading solutions,” she said.