Media Release | 25 June 2015

Hall & Wilcox appoints a further six new partners and five senior lawyers

​Leading independent business law firm Hall & Wilcox is pleased to announce six new partner appointments, which will further bolster the firm’s strengths in litigation, tax, projects, financial services, corporate and its China practice.

The six new partners comprise four internal and two lateral appointments, bringing total partner numbers to 52 across Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle.

Managing Partner of Hall & Wilcox, Tony Macvean, said each of the appointments would bring something special to the firm. “The new partners are each high-calibre appointments and will be a great asset to our clients. Mostly, they are all great people.

“The internal appointments reflect the quality of the talent coming through the firm, while our ability to attract quality talent from outside remains strong.”

Internal partner appointments (as at 1 July 2015):

Eugene Chen, Partner, Financial Services and Head of the China Practice

Tom McMahon, Partner, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Private Clients

James Morvell, Partner, Corporate

Natasha Toholka, Partner, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Insolvency

Lateral partner appointments:

Mark Dessi, Partner, Projects (commencing 13 July 2015). Mark was most recently a Senior Legal Counsel at Jemena

In addition to the six partners announced, the firm has also promoted two new special counsel and three new senior associates (as at 1 July 2015):

Frank Hinoporos, Special Counsel, Taxation

Elisabeth Pickthall, Special Counsel, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Insolvency

Ben Cotter, Senior Associate, Property & Projects

Mark Lebbon, Senior Associate, Corporate & Commercial and Sports & Entertainment

Gemma Weiss, Senior Associate, Commercial Dispute Resolution


Oliver Jankowsky

Partner & Head of International Practice

Ed Paton

Partner & Head of SE Asia Practice

Eugene Chen

Partner & Head of China Practice

Melanie Smith

Director - Business Development, Marketing and Communications

Natalie Bannister

Partner & Commercial National Practice Leader

Rhett Slocombe

Partner & Insurance National Practice Leader

Katie McKenzie


James Bull

Special Counsel and Head of Frank

Melanie James

People & Culture Manager

Jacqui Barrett

Partner & Head of US Practice

Paul O’Donnell

Consultant & Head of Energy

Christopher Brown

Partner & Head of UK Practice

Lauren Parrant

Senior People & Culture Advisor, as at 1 July 2022

Melinda Woledge

Marketing & Communications Manager

Jasmine Koh

Senior Associate and Head of Frank

Alison Choy Flannigan

Partner & Leader, Health & Community

Billie Kerkez

Manager – Smarter Recovery Solutions

Peter Jones

Senior Commercial Counsel

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