DLA Piper loses 23-lawyer team to HWL Ebsworth in Sydney

Three partners together with 20 lawyers and staff are moving from DLA Piper’s Sydney office to join Australian firm HWL Ebsworth.

All three partners, Jenne Tzavaras, Joanna Apostolopoulos and Ivan Medak, have joined HWL Ebsworth as partners in the firm’s Sydney insurance team. They are joined by a total of 20 other team members.

The team’s practice focuses on statutory workers compensation insurance across the full range of employer indemnity schemes in New South Wales.

In a statement, the new partners said HWL Ebsworth is “aligned culturally and strategically with our insurance practice”.

“This is a significant investment for our firm and one that will allow us to continue to broaden the range of services provided to our insurance and non-insurance clients,” said Juan Martinez, HWL Ebsworth managing partner.

He added: “This is a rare opportunity to secure the services of one of Australia’s premier specialist insurance teams.”

The joining of the team push the total number of insurance partners in HWL Ebsworth to 35.

It is the latest partner departures in DLA Piper’s Australian offices. Last week, two senior-level partners in Melbourne left the firm to join Gilbert + Tobin, including former DLA Piper Australia chair and Asia Pacific banking and finance head Tony Holland (31 October 2013).

DLA Piper could not be reached for comment at the time of reporting.