MinterEllison has announced 83 senior appointments, including 14 Partners, 22 Special Counsel and 47 Senior Associates. With a total of 1,311 fee-earners (256 Partners and 1,055 non-Partners) across its Australian network, MinterEllison is Australia's largest independent firm.
Over half of the total senior appointments were female (49). Ten of the 14 new Partners were also women.
"I'm particularly proud of the high representation of females coming through our senior ranks," said Annette Kimmitt, MinterEllison Managing Partner. "The fact that 70% of our new Partners are women is great evidence that the work we are doing to build gender diversity in our leadership ranks is paying dividends. Going forward we remain committed to building a partnership that truly reflects the incredible diversity of talent within our firm and the community."
In total, MinterEllison announced 69 new Special Counsel and Senior Associate appointments, compared to 50 appointments at the same time last year.
The majority of new Partner promotions came from the firm's Disputes Competition & Insurance line of business (6 new Partners) and its Infrastructure, Construction & Property line of business (5 new Partners).
The Partner promotions also included two new Partners from non-legal backgrounds as part of the firm’s continued investment in its consulting offerings – Donna Worthington (Risk and Regulatory) and Kay Salvair Smith (Infrastructure).
"We are growing rapidly, and this round of senior appointments gives us the bench strength we need to take us forward," said Ms Kimmitt. "We know we exist in a market that is being heavily disrupted through new technologies and new market entrants. These realities require us to reimagine the way we deliver value to our clients, and the continued growth of our non-legal offerings is an important part of our response to that."
"We also see investing in diversity – in all its forms – as an investment in our strategic capability. Diverse perspectives and experience and providing an inclusive workplace are critical enablers of innovation."