Four lawyers have joined HopgoodGanim Lawyers, including a long-time partner from top-tier MinterEllison.
Leith Ayres has been welcomed to the HopgoodGanim partnership. He has been tasked to lead the firm’s litigation and dispute-resolution practice in Perth.
Joining Ayres are finance and litigation expert Mark Hyde and litigation specialist Cal Doran, who were appointed as senior associate and associate, respectively. Moving to the firm in Brisbane is senior associate Rebecca Dannell, who is a family law specialist.
Ayres, who brings with him more than 20 years’ experience, is a specialist in dispute resolution, insolvency, and restructuring. He comes to the firm as it expects restructuring professionals to have a hectic year.
“Restructuring professionals are set for a busy 2018, with the economy presenting a combination of challenging economic conditions for some companies and ‘greenshoots’ growth for others. The recent commencement of ‘safe-harbour’ provisions as a result of amendments to the Corporations Act in 2017 will also start to gain traction,” HopgoodGanim said.
“Leith’s commencement at HopgoodGanim comes at a time when the firm has seen an increase in restructuring activity, general economic activity and changes and challenges in the WA economy,” it said.
Ayres said he expects the firm to significantly grow, especially in litigation, insolvency, and reconstruction. His appointment expands the firm’s partner numbers to eight in Perth and 43 across Australia.
In January, HopgoodGanim added four lawyers in Brisbane, including special counsel Alana Paterson.