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Herbert Smith Freehills today announced the promotion of two lawyers to the role of executive counsel and another 53 to the role of senior associate in Australia. 

These promotions follow the elevation of six Australian lawyers to the firm’s global partnership and the promotion of eight Australian lawyers to counsel roles in May 2021.

Effective from 1 July 2021, the new promotions include lawyers from various practice groups including Competition, Regulation & Trade; Corporate; Disputes; Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety; Finance, Projects; and Real Estate.

Herbert Smith Freehills’ Australian Executive Partner, Andrew Pike said: “Congratulations to our new executive counsel and senior associates. They each possess excellent client relationship and leadership skills and I am confident that they will continue to deliver great results for our clients and the firm., I wish them well in this next stage of their careers”.

The firm’s new Australian executive counsel are:

Employment, Industrial Relations & Safety

Rachel Dawson, Perth

Olga Klimczak, Perth


The firm’s new Australian senior associates are:

Competition, Regulation & Trade

Rebecca Cook, Sydney



Claire Bamford, Sydney*

Marijana Banovac, Melbourne

Dean Blumberg, Perth

Tim Coorey, Sydney*

David Curley, Sydney

Edward Gainer, Melbourne*

Lucinda Grant, Brisbane

Lucy Harris, Melbourne

Lucy Jacobsen, Melbourne

Mark Khouri, Sydney

William Kunstler, Melbourne

Sian Lacy, Melbourne

Jack McDonell, Sydney

Catie Moore, Sydney

George Psaltis, Sydney

Ellen Rattray, Melbourne

Hartley Spring, Sydney

Michael Trent, Sydney

Jessica Voong, Melbourne

Benedict Waterfall, Sydney*

Aria Wong, Melbourne



Priscilla Bourne, Brisbane

Carlotta Bruessel, Sydney

Shannan Casey, Sydney

Nicola Gollan, Sydney

Travis Gooding, Brisbane

Brock Gunthorpe, Sydney

Sam Hall, Melbourne

Claire Jago, Melbourne

Neil Joubert, Brisbane

James Kirkpatrick, Sydney

Katherine Mackellar, Sydney

Natasha Reurts, Sydney

Maritsa Samios, Brisbane

Hilary Starr, Sydney

Katya Udorovic, Melbourne

Ella van der Schans, Melbourne

Elizabeth Veljkovic, Melbourne

Zoe Wood, Melbourne


Employment, Industrial Relations & Safety

James Banh, Sydney

Deanna Carlon, Melbourne             

Marco Fedeli, Melbourne

Kate Hamilton, Melbourne 

Takara Raymond, Brisbane             

Ben Watson, Perth            



Lauren Jeffries, Sydney

Benjamin Robinson, Melbourne



Ella Darroch, Melbourne

Stephanie Purcell, Sydney

Tessa Spence, Melbourne

Yannis Vrodos, Perth


Real Estate

Jess Burstow – Brisbane


* These senior associates are currently on secondment in London, and being promoted in Australia.

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