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Herbert Smith Freehills has announced that 21 exceptional lawyers have been promoted to its global partnership, effective from 1 May 2017. Six of the new partners are based in Australia, they are:

  • Nicholas Carney, Projects, Sydney
  • Peter Davis, Corporate, Sydney
  • Jon Evans, Finance, Melbourne
  • Tania Gray, Disputes, Sydney
  • Clayton James, Corporate, Sydney
  • Miles Wadley, Finance, Melbourne

In addition to these six, Glynn Cooper has been promoted to the partnership and will be relocating from Brisbane to the firm's newest office in Kuala Lumpur, due to open in May 2017.

Sue Gilchrist, Regional Managing Partner Australia & Asia, said, “I am proud to announce that these talented new partners will be joining our global partnership. Each have demonstrated remarkable technical skill and dedication to  clients, and bring innovation and energy to the firm.”

“They are all incredibly well-deserving of their appointment and I want to congratulate them and our other new global partners on this significant career achievement.”

Ms Gilchrist went on to say, “We are also delighted at the opportunity for Glynn to join the partnership in our new Malaysian office. His relocation is an excellent example of the international career opportunities that we can offer our people as a result of the strength of our global network and our ability to mobilise talent for the benefit of our clients.”

Three out of the six partners appointed in Australia are project and project finance experts, reflecting the firm’s continued excellence and consistent growth in the infrastructure sector. These new partners join five other infrastructure experts in Australia promoted to the partnership in December 2016.

“These exceptionally talented new partners will further bolster our projects and project finance teams, enabling them to continue to deliver market-leading results on the most complex and essential infrastructure projects across Australia,” Ms Gilchrist concluded.

Herbert Smith Freehills appoints partners based on a range of rigorous criteria, including client needs and growth sectors for the firm as well as the broader market. Expertise, commerciality and strong leadership skills are also essential qualities for new partners.

This year is the first time there is a partner promotion in Alternative Legal Services (ALT). Libby Jackson, Global Head of ALT, has been promoted to the firm's partnership.

The global appointments, which reflect the firm’s commitment to investing in its international network, are from eight offices across multiple regions, including nine from the Asia Pacific region.

The new partners and their principal areas of practice are:



  • Greig Anderson, Disputes, London
  • Rachel Campbell, Finance, Paris
  • Javier de Carvajal, Disputes, Madrid
  • Paul Chases, Real Estate, London
  • David Coulling, Corporate, London
  • Reza Dadbakhsh, Corporate, London
  • Nish Dissanayake, Corporate, London
  • Libby Jackson, Alternative Legal Services, London
  • Rachel Lidgate, Disputes, London
  • Nick May, Finance, London
  • Donny Surtani, Disputes, London
  • Christopher Theris, Corporate, London



  • Hannah Cassidy, Disputes, Hong Kong
  • Fatim Jumabhoy, Employment, Singapore
  • Glynn Cooper, Corporate, Kuala Lumpur