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Herbert Smith Freehills has promoted 42 lawyers to senior associate positions in Australia.

Effective July 1, the promotions stretch across the Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth offices and span the corporate, disputes, finance, real estate, projects and employment practices.

Herbert Smith Freehills’ Regional Managing Partner, Asia and Australia, Sue Gilchrist said the promotions recognised each lawyer’s leadership capabilities as well as their outstanding legal skills and client relationship focus.

“I’m delighted to see the promotion of 42 of our lawyers to senior associate positions, in recognition of their exceptional talent and experience. In stepping up into these senior roles our new senior associates will further enhance our ability to develop and deliver client-focused solutions.

“We congratulate all of these new senior associates on their success and wish them all the best for their careers.”

Of the 42 new senior associates, more than 70% are female, reflecting the firm’s commitment to attract, promote and retain female talent.

The promotions follow the appointment of 20 lawyers to partnership across the global network in May. Half of the new partners are from the Asia Pacific region, including six from Australia.

The new senior associates are:


Catherine Adamson* – corporate

Michael Compton – corporate

Anna Coroneo – corporate

Bailee Walker – corporate

James Braithwaite – dispute resolution

Natalie Colbert – dispute resolution

Breanna Hamilton - dispute resolution

Sally-Anne Ivimey – dispute resolution

Suzannah Morris – dispute resolution

Mark Smyth - dispute resolution

Katherine Dommerson - employment, pensions and incentives

Amanda Lyras-Jones - employment, pensions and incentives

Sam Cooper – projects

Rebecca Elgar – real estate

Melissa Rubbo –projects

Lauren Whitehead – projects

Emma Zarb – finance


Anna Jaffe – corporate

Annabel Sampson – corporate

Emily Coghlan – dispute resolution

Rachelle Downie – dispute resolution

Amelia Edwards – dispute resolution

Matthew Eglezos – dispute resolution

Jeremy Herz – dispute resolution

Chelsea Roche – dispute resolution

Courtney Ford - employment, pensions and incentives

Lilly Knorr – employment, pensions and incentives

Adam Lambert – employment, pensions and incentives

Melanie Smith – employment, pensions and incentives

Rachael Wong – employment, pensions and incentives

Paul Marshall – finance

Alex Zolotarsky – finance


Melissa De Abreu – dispute resolution

Sue Nicholas – dispute resolution

Owen Alcorn – finance

Maja La Rosa – projects


Danielle T McCarthy – corporate

Scott White – corporate

Bianca Janovic – dispute resolution

Sarah Beer – employment, pensions and incentives

David Castelino – real estate

Freya Hillier – projects

*Senior Associate (Admitted in England and Wales, not admitted in Australia)

Key contacts

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Sue Gilchrist

Partner and Head of Intellectual Property, Australia, Sydney

Sue Gilchrist

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