New leadership appointments reflect commitment to diversity as a strategic capability

2 minute read  30.11.2020

MinterEllison, Australia's largest law firm, today announced 29 new leadership appointments. 15 are new Partners, 12 are Special Counsel and two are Executive Directors. 


  • 29 new leader promotes
  • 15 Partners announced
  • 59% female promotes
  • Consulting promotions represent 17%
  • Investing in capability in M&A, Risk and Governance, Disputes, Property
  • Promotions reflect ongoing commitment to investing for the future and to industry focus

MinterEllison, Australia's largest law firm, today announced 29 new leadership appointments. 15 are new Partners, 12 are Special Counsel and two are Executive Directors. The appointments are across the legal and consulting practices strengthening the firm's market-leading capabilities in its key areas of practice and industry.

59% of the total appointments are female and 100% are internal promotions. Women make up 33% of the firm's Partner numbers overall.

Announcing the news CEO and Managing Partner, Annette Kimmitt said, "Congratulations to all our new leaders on this career achievement. They are a diverse and talented group. The Firm's success is grounded in the contribution of our Partners and Special Counsel, and their commitment to our values and creating lasting impacts with our clients, our people and our communities."

"This has been an incredibly challenging year. Our new Partners and Special Counsel have all guided clients during these unprecedented times. Clients have relied on their exceptional technical skills and deep industry knowledge to assist them respond to the challenges posed by the pandemic. Our new Partners and Special Counsel are also strong and thoughtful mentors to our people and I know they will contribute significantly to the Firm's ongoing success."

Seventeen percent of new appointments are in the Firm's rapidly grown Consulting practices. The Consulting appointments reinforce the Firm's strategic focus on redefining the boundaries of what it means to be a law firm and creating lasting impacts for clients through integrated and seamless offerings.

9 appointments were made in Disputes, Competition and Risk recognising current and forecast market demand. 6 appointments were made in Corporate and Capital Markets reflecting market optimism for continued capital flows in Asia and Australia. Other appointments were made in Workplace, Tax, Technology Consulting, Real Estate, Project Infrastructure and Construction and Flex.

This year's new Partners also have deep industry experience, bolstering the Firm's capabilities in Health, Education, Tourism, Retirement Living and Climate Change. Investments have been made in growing industries as well as industries hit hard by the pandemic.

"On behalf of the Partners, I welcome our new leaders to the Partnership. I am proud of their achievements, particularly in such uncertain times. The Firm is committed to developing leaders who combine technical excellence with deep industry experience, who are curious and innovative, and who are focused on building deep and enduring client relationships, and creating lasting impacts," said Kimmitt.

MinterEllison is recognised as one of Australia and New Zealand's most innovative professional services companies as recognised by the Australian Financial Review and Inventium.

MinterEllison's new Partners and Special Counsel


Capital Markets and Corporate

Steven Wang | Melbourne
Geread Dooley | Sydney
Michael Scarf | Sydney
Nicole Sloggett | Sydney 

Competition, Risk and Regulatory

Sarah Barker | Melbourne
Haydn Flack | Sydney

Dispute Resolution

Catherine Macrae | Melbourne
Zeina Milicevic | Sydney

Insurance & Corporate Risk
Sonja Read | Brisbane

Juliet Fay* | Sydney

Farzeen Anwar | Melbourne

Technology Consulting
Jonathon Blackford* | Brisbane
Ana-Maria Wilson* | Canberra

Real Estate
Tammy Berghofer | Brisbane
Alice Langham | Sydney

Special Counsel

Capital Markets and Corporate
Michael Mellon | Sydney
Leigh Schulz | Melbourne

Dispute Resolution
Lynne Kozak | Brisbane

Insurance & Corporate Risk
Nicole Morgan | Brisbane
Kristy Brockwell | Melbourne
Jenny McKenzie | Perth

Technology Consulting
Alistair Mascarenhas | Auckland (Executive Director)
Stuart Ritchie | Sydney (Executive Director)

Pawel Zielinski | Brisbane
Amy Walsh | Sydney

Projects Infrastructure & Construction
Petrina Macpherson | Brisbane
Sian Keast | Brisbane
Alex Lowe | Perth

Real Estate
Jonathan Chow | Sydney

* part of MinterEllison's consulting business (not an Australian legal practitioner)

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