Australian firm Minter Ellison has promoted a bumper crop to the partnership including a new partner in London as the firm makes a concerted push in the City.
New finance partner Nigel Clark becomes only the third partner in London, following in the footsteps of office-founder Michael Whalley and local managing partner Robert Hanley.
“It’s an investment by the Minter Ellison partnership in the business abroad,” Clark told The Lawyer.
Former Denton Wilde Sapte lawyer Clark joined Minter Ellison in Sydney in 2001 before returning to the UK to build up the finance practice, as previously the office had just been focussed on corporate.
“The bulk of our work is assisting UK and US firms on global deals which have an Australian piece but we also do some English work for Australian clients coming over here. Now, we want to grow the business,” he said.
In addition to Clark’s promotion, the firm made up 13 partners in Australia. These are:
Samantha Betzien – HR & IR, Brisbane
Carl Black – Real Estate, Perth
Sophie Carman – Dispute Resolution, Adelaide
Alberto Colla – Corporate, Melbourne
Heather Croucher – Corporate, Adelaide
Paul Kallenbach – Corporate, Melbourne
James Kearney – Dispute Resolution, Adelaide
George Krashos – Dispute Resolution, Adelaide
Penny Murray – Real Estate, Sydney
David Stevens – Real Estate, Brisbane
Stephen Talbot – Dispute Resolution, Melbourne
Sacha Wainwright – Real Estate, Adelaide
Julie Whitehead – Construction, Engineering & Infrastructure, Brisbane.
It also announced 21 new special counsel and 40 new associates.