Kennedys raids Minter Ellison for Aussie launch

Kennedys has raided Australian firm Minter Ellison for a four-partner insurance team in order to launch a Sydney office.

The firm is hiring partners Mark Doepel, Adrian Howie, Tony O’Reilly and Patrick George along with a team of around 20 lawyers to set up the new office, which will be in operation by July.

Senior partner Nick Thomas said: “It suited us because we have Hong Kong and we have New Zealand, and there’s a fairly obvious hole in the region there.”

The launch means the end of Kennedys’ association with Sydney firm Wotton & Kearney.