Two Birds makes four senior promotions in Australia

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Bird & Bird has made four senior promotions in Australia alongside its annual global promotion round.

One of the four Sydney-based lawyers have been promoted to partner alongside 15 other lawyers from the firm’s other offices around the world.

Troy Gurnett becomes the firm’s newest intellectual property (IP) partner. Amy Cowper and Shehana Wijesena have been appointed special counsel in the firm's competition and IP teams, respectively, while Matthew Mulcahy has been appointed senior associate in the dispute resolution team.

The promotions come after Lynne Lewis was appointed partner of the firm’s Sydney-based international IP practice last month. She came from MinterEllison, where she headed the firm’s IP group. In January, James Durnall left The Ingenious Group in London, where he was director of legal and business affairs, and relocated to Sydney to become special counsel at Bird & Bird’s corporate and energy and utilities practices.

The firm’s 16 new partners are:
    Gabriel Voisin – Data Protection, UK
    Bryony Hurst – Dispute Resolution, UK
    Ewan Grist – Intellectual Property, UK
    Craig Giles – Commercial, UK
    Shing Lo – Corporate, UK
    Zoe Feller – Tax, UK
    Matthias Spilker – Commercial, Germany
    Christopher Maierhoefer – IP, Germany
    Lennart Schuessler – Data Protection/IT, Germany
    Kai Kerger – Corporate, Germany
    Janneke Kohlen – Commercial, Netherlands
    Paul Waszink – Commercial, Netherlands
    Miguel Pastur – Employment, Spain
    Jose Luis Lorente – Financial Services, Spain
    Troy Gurnett – IP, Australia
    Mikko Ahonen – Corporate, Finland


Troy Gurnett


Amy Cowper


Shehana Wijesena


Matthew Mulcahy



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