Hall & Wilcox boosts public sector expertise

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Business-focused independent firm Hall & Wilcox has boosted its public sector expertise with the appointment of a new partner and her team in Melbourne.

Kathryn Howard, who joins from Holding Redlich, has joined Hall & Wilcox’s commercial dispute resolution team. She brings with her senior associate Julian Hammond and lawyers Lauren Saparovich, Kelsey Essex, and Alexandra Partington.

Howard, who has practised law in Melbourne, Tokyo, and London, has “an impressive track record across public sector and large corporate disputes,” said Graydon Dowd, who heads the firm’s commercial dispute resolution practice.

Howard said she was attracted to the firm for its reputation in innovation and client service and its commitment to equality and diversity.

Kathryn Howard

The appointment follows partner Rory O’Connor’s arrival at Hall & Wilcox from Norton Rose Fulbright. Hall & Wilcox has been continually strengthening its public sector and Victorian government practices.

“We currently have strong local and state government practices across most of our offices. Kathryn and Rory will help us further grow or public sector, complex dispute and planning practices both in Victoria and nationally,” said Tony Macvean, Hall & Wilcox managing partner.

The appointment also follows the firm’s hire of a 20-strong team from DibbsBarker in Brisbane, which has confirmed it is closing its doors after 130 years. That team included partners Terry Killian, Kelli Stallard, and Angela Brookes.

Hall & Wilcox started the year with two partner promotions, the hire of four senior lawyers, and a partnership with a fintech start-up hub.


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