Firm appoints new Melbourne head

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Carter Newell Lawyers has appointed Ben Hall as its newest special counsel and the head of its Melbourne office. The firm also promoted Katherine Bland to senior associate, and Rebecca Ebzery and William Keating to associate.

Hall, an insurance specialist who is also an accredited commercial litigation specialist, has more than 18 years’ experience, including running a law firm. His insurance experience is in the areas of professional indemnity, medical malpractice, public and product liability claims, as well as disciplinary complaints and investigations and defence of recovery claims by statutory insurers.

Carter Newell says Hall’s appointment will support the growth of the firm’s eastern seaboard presence. 

Bland is part of the firm’s Property & Injury Liability practice. She is particularly focused on personal injury and property damage claims, including issues of indemnity, liability and quantum.  She has successfully appeared on behalf of her clients at compulsory conferences, mediations and trials.

Ebzery, who is part of the firm’s Construction & Engineering practice, has been involved in varied and complex disputes for construction clients, both litigated and pre-litigated. These disputes range from contractual disputes to allegations of misleading or deceptive conduct under the Australian Consumer Law. She is also involved in construction insurance matters, both advising insurers on indemnity and conducting the subrogated defence of claims on behalf of an insured, the firm said.

Keating, who is part of the firm’s Corporate practice, is a specialist in private M&A, corporate restructuring and general contractual drafting and negotiation. He also regularly assists legal counsel of both public and private companies on a wide range of matters, including capital raising (debt and equity), corporate finance and corporate governance.


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