New partners, special counsel promoted by HWL Ebsworth

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HWL Ebsworth has elevated 29 lawyers to senior positions for its second tranche of internal promotions for 2017.

The firm has promoted four to the partnership, which is already Australia’s largest legal partnership, and welcomed seven to its special counsel ranks. It has also promoted 18 to senior associate.

The internal promotions come after the firm named 11 new partners, 10 new special counsel, and nine new senior associates in February. The newly promoted lawyers are:

PARTNER
James Lofting - Planning, Environment, and government (Melbourne)
Justin Pasa - Commercial (Melbourne)
Katherine Shann - Banking and finance (Brisbane)
David Woodford - Commercial (Melbourne)

SPECIAL COUNSEL
Veena Bedekar - Government, and commercial and property (Canberra)
Andrew Crocker - Workplace relations and safety (Melbourne)
Kathy Gray - Property (Sydney)
Veronica Mignone - Litigation (Adelaide)
Katrina Pagey - Litigation (Brisbane)
Ryan Sanders - Litigation (Darwin)
Anita Wear - Insurance (Sydney)

Juan Martinez, HWL Ebsworth managing partner, said all of the promoted team members have demonstrated commitment to quality and value, while concentrating on improvement. He said the lawyers’ promotions reflect their potential to play an even greater role in the growth of the firm, which reaping the benefits of earlier investments.

“We have invested heavily in our internal resources and training programs in recent years, and we are benefiting from that now,” Martinez said. “Our merit based approach to promotions and remuneration also ensures that all team members have the ability to reach their full potential. They do not need to contend with artificial restrictions on their career progression as we don’t restrict the number of partners that we can have in any particular practice group or office. I’m sure that our staff development strategies will see our internal growth accelerate further over the next 12 months.”


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