Media Release | 19 December 2013

Hall & Wilcox welcomes new Sydney-based team

Leading Australian independent business law firm Hall & Wilcox today announced the acquisition of the core of Duncan Cotterill’s Sydney-based Australian practice.

The practice is primarily an employment practice and includes partners Ken Brotherson, Aaron Dearden and Kerryn Tredwell, together with a team of lawyers and support staff. The acquisition will facilitate the opening of a Hall & Wilcox office in Sydney.

Hall & Wilcox managing partner Tony Macvean commented:

“Hall & Wilcox services clients nationally – the firm has a significant Sydney headquartered client base. The establishment of a Hall & Wilcox Sydney office is a natural progression for the firm to better service our clients and build in areas of strategic focus.”

Ken, Aaron and Kerryn have outstanding experience advising clients on a wide range of employment law and workplace issues, including large multinational and Australian companies in the energy and resources, manufacturing, property, insurance and financial services sectors, as well as high-profile executives and private companies.

“Employment and workplace law is an area of strategic focus for Hall & Wilcox. The new additions to the team will further enhance our current employment and workplace capability and depth,” Tony said.

“The new team members complement Hall & Wilcox’s already highly regarded employment practice, including partners Alison Baker, Mark Dunphy and Karl Rozenbergs, special counsel Jessica Fletcher and a team of nine lawyers.”

Aaron, speaking on behalf of the newly acquired team, said they were excited to be joining Hall & Wilcox and the opportunities it will bring to the team.

“Hall & Wilcox has a great reputation in the market, both the firm and its Employment team, and the consistency of culture, values and services standards will make the transition easy for us and our clients.

“Joining Hall & Wilcox will provide greater growth opportunities for our team within Australia, as well as greater access to national commercial expertise.”

In relation to further growth at Hall & Wilcox, Tony commented:

“Hall & Wilcox remains focused on its core strategic pillars of excellence, commerciality, innovation and relationships. We are domestically-focused, with great people, a strong client service culture and strength and depth in core practice and industry segments.

“We have positioned Hall & Wilcox to take advantage of opportunities in strategic practice areas both in Melbourne and Sydney. We are confident that the firm will continue its recent success story.

It is expected that Ken, Aaron, Kerryn and the team will commence at Hall & Wilcox on 3 February 2014.


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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