National firm appoints new chairman

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A well-known mid-tier firm has had a change of guard following the appointment of a new chairman of partners.

McCullough Robertson has announced that prominent native title lawyer Dominic McGann will take over from outgoing chairman Brett Heading.

In taking over chair duties, McGann pledged to aid the firm in its ongoing evolution.

​“Without change there can be only stagnation and that has never been a component of McCullough Robertson’s fabric,” he said.

McGann added that the firm would need to respond to “challenging times”.

“The emergence of new firms in the market, the broader decline in the economy and the slower than expected recovery from the GFC in some sectors has reduced the capacity and willingness of some traditional clients to utilise lawyers as much as they might have in the past,” he said.

McGann has over 30 years’ experience in commercial law and since joining the firm in 1996, has built a reputation in the mining and resources sector as an authority on native title and cultural heritage.

Prior to joining McCullough Robertson in 1996, McGann held prominent positions within Queensland Government agencies.  He was Executive Director of Crown Law, and Executive Director - Policy and Legislation Division with the Department of Justice and Attorney-General.

As the new Chair of Partners, McGann acknowledged the work of his predecessor Brett Heading.

“Brett made it clear he wanted to step down as Chair while he was still ‘hitting runs’ and has made a captain’s decision to do so, at a time of his choosing. It was time, in his view, for others to step up.”