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Herbert Smith Freehills has promoted seven talented lawyers to Executive Counsel or Special Counsel roles in Australia.

These appointments form part of Herbert Smith Freehills’ annual Counsel promotions, which sees the firm raising 29 to Counsel positions across its global network. The appointments take effect from 1 May 2020.

The new Australian Counsel and their principal areas of practice are:


  • Carla Aumann, Construction and Infrastructure Dispute Resolution, Melbourne/Sydney (Executive Counsel): Carla is an experienced litigator specialising in the resolution of disputes in the construction, energy and infrastructure sectors. She has more than 13 years’ experience resolving complex construction law claims, including on some of Australia’s largest projects, and is highly skilled in claims management and dispute avoidance strategies.
  • Timana Hattam, Construction and Infrastructure Dispute Resolution, Melbourne (Executive Counsel): Timana is a specialist in the resolution of disputes in construction and infrastructure projects, and has significant experience advising in relation to PPPs. Timana has advised clients on renewables projects across Australia and internationally, as well as oil and gas initiatives.


  • Francine Kinkade, M&A/Private Equity, Sydney (Executive Counsel): Francine is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer. She advises private equity, corporate, and government clients on acquisitions, carve-outs, divestments, investments and joint ventures across a range of sectors, including industrials, healthcare, consumer goods and technology. She has advised on numerous complex domestic and cross-border transactions in Australia and the UK, as well as advising clients on commercial contracts and corporate compliance matters.
  • Julia Massarin, Financial Services Regulatory, Melbourne (Special Counsel): Julia is an expert in banking and financial services regulation. She specialises in Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Law, Consumer Credit and Retail Banking Law, Payment Systems Regulation, Financial Services Licensing, Australian Consumer Law and Personal Property Securities legislation. Julia has an excellent understanding of the commercial drivers and challenges faced by financial service providers after completing secondments in the legal teams of major ADIs.

Employment, Industrial Relations & Safety

  • Wendy Fauvel, Employment and Industrial Relations, Brisbane (Executive Counsel): Wendy is an expert in the field of enterprise bargaining and industrial disputes, and has a broad practice in all areas of employment law. She provides advice on enterprise bargaining strategy, the interpretation of industrial instruments, the drafting and implementation of enterprise agreements, dispute resolution, and responses to industrial action for both public and private sector clients.
  • Nerida Jessup, Workplace Health and Safety, Sydney (Special Counsel): Nerida is a safety lawyer who is experienced in providing advice on the management of serious safety incidents. She regularly acts in safety prosecutions and coronial inquests, and advises employers and Boards about safety governance issues. She advises public and private sector clients on work health and safety issues in a range of industries including rail, mining, construction, energy, manufacturing and financial services.
  • Julie Marotta, Workplace Health and Safety, Melbourne (Special Counsel): Julie specialises in Work Health and Safety Law, providing advice and training to clients across all general and industry specific safety law. Julie regularly assists clients in the aftermath of workplace incidents, providing on the ground legal support including advising on issues relating to union right of entry and internal investigations. Julie also has extensive experience representing clients in relation to WHS investigative and enforcement action taken by unions or safety regulators.


These appointments follow the recent promotion of 26 lawyers to the Herbert Smith Freehills’ global partnership, including eight in Australia.

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