Johnson Winter & Slattery (JWS) has promoted five to senior positions, including four to partner.
The promotions bolster the firm’s disputes, corporate transactions, tax and energy and resources practices.
The firm’s new partners are Christopher Beames, Sophia Bobeff, George Croft, and Andrew Wilton. The firm has also appointed Julia Wan to special counsel.
“These promotions are an indicator of the firm’s confidence in these individuals as well as the growth opportunities and prospects ahead of us. Johnson Winter & Slattery has been going from strength to strength, advising on many of Australia’s most complex and high profile transactions and disputes,” said Peter Slattery, JWS managing partner.
He said that the firm’s success is attributed to the commitment, legal excellence, and commercial acumen of its people.
“We are delighted to be recognising the talent of these five lawyers today and look forward to them participating at a senior level in the ongoing development of our business,” he said.
Beames, who is a part of the firm’s dispute resolution group, assist clients in a wide range of disputes and litigation, which includes court proceedings and appeals, expert determination processes, arbitrations and mediations, regulated price determinations and investigations conducted by regulators and insolvency practitioners. His practice serves numerous sectors, including insolvency, financial products, energy, public utilities, defence, and beverages.
Bobeff is a part of the firm’s corporate and private equity team. She specialises in in M&A, joint-venture, and general corporate and commercial matters. She assists clients in successfully navigating their way through large-scale and complex transactions, the firm said.
Croft, who is also a part of the firm’s dispute resolution team, specialises in the energy and resources sector, including mining, oil and gas and electricity. He has acted in construction-related disputes in these sectors, as well as advising electricity generators and retailers in operational matters and supply-side issues with fuel producers. He also advises mining companies and onshore producers on land-access and native-title issues.
A part of the energy and resources and projects and construction teams, Wilton advises on the development of construction and infrastructure projects across Australia, principally in the energy and resources and commercial property sectors, the firm said. He also advises in commercial transactions, including those related to commodity sale and purchase agreements, land acquisitions and disposals, infrastructure access arrangements, commercial leasing and joint venture arrangements.
Wan is known for his work on corporate and international taxation matters. His clients include listed, unlisted, and multinational companies, which he advises on taxation implications of M&A, as well as inbound and outbound investments. He also has extensive in-house corporate tax experience gained with a large multinational.