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Herbert Smith Freehills has promoted 25 new Counsel and three to professional support consultant across the firm. Their appointments take effect on 1 May 2021.

These promotions demonstrate each lawyer's exceptional commitment and contribution to the firm and its clients. Their expertise and specialist skills will support the growth and success of the firm's client service and global network.

Our new Counsel, their principal areas of practice and the offices in which they are based are:


Corporate: Peggy Chow, TMT (Data Protection and Cybersecurity), Singapore (Of Counsel)

Corporate: Jin Kong, US Securities/ Capital Markets, Hong Kong*

Corporate: George Wu, US Securities/ Capital Markets, Hong Kong*

**Jin and George’s external titles will remain Foreign Registered Lawyer (New York - USA) to meet local regulatory requirements.


Corporate: Cecilia Mehl, Equity Capital Markets, Melbourne (Executive Counsel)

Disputes: Kate Meikle, Commercial Litigation / Regulatory Investigations & Inquiries, Sydney (Executive Counsel)

Finance: Adam Parkin, Asset Finance, Sydney (Executive Counsel)

Employment, Pensions and Incentives: Catherine Pase, Employment, Melbourne (Special Counsel)

Finance: Amy Repse, Corporate Finance, Debt Capital Markets & Securitisation, Melbourne (Executive Counsel)

Real Estate: David Rowan, Real Estate, Perth (Executive Counsel)

Real Estate: Ellen Tarasenko, Environment, Planning & Community, Melbourne (Special Counsel)

Disputes: Leah Watterson, Class Actions, Melbourne (Executive Counsel)


Disputes: Enno Appel, Corporate Crime and Investigations and Financial Services Regulatory, Frankfurt (Counsel)

Disputes: Sara Balice, Intellectual Property, Milan (Of Counsel)

Employment, Pensions and Incentives: Tobias Brinkmann, Employment, Frankfurt (Counsel)

Disputes: Catrice Gayer, Arbitration, Düsseldorf (Counsel)

Corporate: Chris Walters, Corporate M&A, Dubai (Of Counsel)


Employment, Pensions and Incentives: Jenny Andrews, Employment, London (Of Counsel)

Real Estate: Emma Carter, Real Estate, London (Of Counsel)

Disputes: Catherine Emanuel, Class Actions, London (Of Counsel)

Corporate: Andrew Hamel-Smith, Energy, London (Of Counsel)

Disputes: Liz Head, Corporate Crime and Investigations, London (Of Counsel)

Corporate: Dennis Hermreck, US Securities, London (Counsel, US)

General Counsel & Risk: Sophie Jones, Professional Disputes, Regulatory, Data Privacy, London (Of Counsel)

Competition, Regulation and Trade: Natalia Rodriguez, London (Of Counsel)

Corporate: Duc Tran, Data Protection and Privacy, London (Of Counsel)

Professional Support Consultants:

Finance: Emily Barry, London

Employment, Pensions and Incentives: Tim Smith, Pensions, London

Competition, Regulation and Trade: Kristien Geeurickx, London


The news follows the firm’s recent appointment of Bianca Janovic (Pro Bono & Citizenship, Brisbane) to the newly designed position of Pro Bono Counsel (Australia).

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