Mills Oakley starts financial year with 21 promotions

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National law firm Mills Oakley marked the start of a new financial year with the announcement of 21 promotions.

These promotions include three new partners, seven new special counsel, and eleven senior associates.

“Rewarding excellence is an essential part of our firm culture,” said John Nerurker, chief executive officer of Mills Oakley. “We do not have quotas or other arbitrary restrictions on how many people can be promoted each year. We are very clear that reward follows performance, as night follows day.”

The three new partners are Chris Bishop, Nirupa Manoharan, and Troy Palmar.

Bishop is a member of the Brisbane government and administrative law team. He has experience advising Commonwealth officers and departments on merits and judicial review litigation, the development and implementation of government policy initiatives, and sound decision making procedures.

Meanwhile, Manoharan is a member of both the Perth and Melbourne commercial disputes and Insolvency teams. She has expertise in restructuring, litigious and advisory insolvency, securities law, contractual, and financial disputes.

Lastly, Palmer is a member of the Melbourne private advisory team. He is one of the very few Law Institute-accredited specialists in wills and estates and has extensive experience in estate planning, estate litigation, deceased estates, succession, and elder law.

Chris Bishop, Nirupa Monaharan, and Troy Palmer

The firm also promoted Jamie Arandt (commercial litigation, Melbourne), Michelle Fisher (insurance, Perth),  Jacqueline McStay (corporate, Sydney), Carly Mirza-Price (family law, Sydney), Nicola Murphy (toxic torts, Sydney), Adrian Papaianni (insurance, Sydney), and Mitchell Spurge (property, Perth) to special counsel; and Cameron Adair (commercial litigation, Sydney) , Isabella Barnes (finance, Melbourne), Sindri Bergsson (insurance, Sydney), Thomas Blanch (toxic torts, Sydney), Dean Brayley (commercial litigation, Melbourne), Lana Hulse (family law, Melbourne), Trang Le Huy (insurance, Brisbane), Belinda Randazzo (commercial litigation, Melbourne), Nathan Timmins (insurance, Melbourne), Lisa Watkins (insurance, Perth), and Ada Wong (government & administrative law, Sydney) to senior associate.