Leading independent business law firm Hall & Wilcox is delighted to announce the appointment of eight new partners: Liam Campion, James Deady, Stephanie Driscoll, Maree Ferguson, Frank Hinoporos, Nathan Kennedy, Ilona Strong and James Whiley.
The firm also announced 21 senior lawyer appointments. You can get to know our new partners and senior lawyers here. All promotions are effective from 1 July 2019.
Managing Partner Tony Macvean said the appointments reinforced Hall & Wilcox’s position as one of Australia’s leading mid-market national law firms.
‘Core to our purpose is to enable our people to thrive. We are an ambitious firm and our growth and the strong support of our clients means there are many opportunities for our people to progress and succeed,’ Tony said.
‘It’s very satisfying as a leader of the firm to see the exceptional talent of our people recognised by this significant milestone in their career. All have made, and will continue to make, a strong contribution to our firm’s success and that of our clients. The future of our firm is in excellent hands.’
Consistent with the firm’s focus on diversity and inclusion, Tony noted that nearly 40 per cent of the new partners and more than 70 per cent of the senior lawyer appointments were female.
Liam Campion is an experienced litigator who advises insurers on complex litigation, class actions, indemnity disputes and insurance fraud, public and product liability and professional indemnity claims.
James Deady is experienced in a broad range of commercial, technology and intellectual property matters. James has particular expertise in technology matters including technology procurement, technology and digital transformation projects and technology outsourcing matters.
Stephanie Driscoll specialises in workplace injury claims, both statutory and common law, and represents employers, insurers and self-insured corporations in the management and defence of a range of claims, with a particular focus on complex stress claims.
Maree Ferguson specialises in the management and defence of general liability and workplace injury claims. She has a particular interest in workplace fatality, complex stress claims and indemnity disputes. Her clients include insurers, employers and self-insured corporations.
Frank Hinoporos is a specialist tax advisor focusing on business transactions and restructures, risk management and dispute resolution. He has expertise in the charity and not-for-profit sector and philanthropic giving by wealthy individuals and corporates. His clients include privately owned businesses, high-wealth individual and family groups and not-for-profit organisation
Nathan Kennedy is the firm’s first pro bono partner and has 10 years’ experience working with community legal centres and human rights organisations. He runs the Pro Bono & Community practice, which has seen a 75 per cent increase in total pro bono hours over the past year. Nathan is an experienced insurance litigator specialising in catastrophic and major claims in CTP and general liability.
Ilona Strong practice focuses on understanding her self-insured clients and working closely with them to achieve the right outcome. Ilona practices in both statutory and common law areas across the Victorian, Tasmanian and Commonwealth WorkCover legislation. Ilona’s interest in working smarter and finding solutions for her self-insured clients lead to the development of a web-based application known as CLEAR.
James Whiley is a private clients lawyer for high and ultra-high net worth clients specialising in estate and succession planning. He is experienced in complex cross-border planning and structuring work for Australian and international clients. He also advises on estate and trust disputes, and probate and estate administration.