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Herbert Smith Freehills’ market-leading expertise has been recognised at the annual 2019 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards, with the firm picking up six prominent accolades. 

The prestigious awards were presented at a gala event attended by the who’s who of the legal industry in Sydney on 9 August. The awards recognise the leading law firms, in-house counsel and legal practitioners in a range of categories.

Herbert Smith Freehills won the following team awards at the ceremony:

  • Energy & Resources Team of the Year
  • Commercial Team of the Year (Head Office Advisory)
  • Transaction Team of the Year (M&A)

Several of the firm’s people also won individual awards:

Andrew Pike, Herbert Smith Freehills’ Executive Partner for Australia, said: “These awards are important recognition in a lawyer’s career. They acknowledge the passion our people have, as well as their experience and their outstanding commitment to clients.

“All of our teams work hard to develop extensive expertise and knowledge, with an unwavering focus on delivering exceptional service for our clients, and it’s fantastic that our Energy & Resources, Head Office Advisory and M&A teams in particular have been recognised.”

Solicitor Blake Connell won Rising Star of the Year for his technological approach in driving a major client’s innovation agenda efficiently and creatively.

Jason Betts was the recipient of the Partner of the Year Award for his role advising on the most significant disputes and class action matters.

For the second consecutive year, Corporate M&A partner Rebecca Maslen-Stannage was awarded the highly sought-after Dealmaker of the Year Award for her role advising on the most prominent deals in M&A and equity capital markets.

“Congratulations to Blake, Jason and Rebecca, who are each a reflection of the talent that drives the firm to new heights and inspires our people.”

“I’d like to thank everyone in the firm who contributed to our success in these awards. I am also thankful to our clients for giving us the opportunity to advise them on their commercially critical, high-stakes deals and matters,” Mr Pike said.