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Herbert Smith Freehills promotes 35 lawyers to counsel and professional support consultant roles across the global network.

Herbert Smith Freehills has promoted 33 new counsel and two professional support consultants across the firm. Their appointments take effect on 1 May 2022. 

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 and their principal areas of practice are:    


  • Victor Chiew: Singapore, Corporate – M&A (Of Counsel)  
  • Yosuke Homma: Tokyo, Disputes – International Arbitration, and Corporate Crime and Investigations (Of Counsel)  
  • Salonika Kataria: Singapore, Finance – Core Finance (Of Counsel)  
  • Jie Li: Beijing, Corporate – Energy and Projects (Of Counsel)  
  • Cynthia Ng: Hong Kong, Corporate – M&A (Of Counsel)*  
  • Michelle Virgiany: Jakarta, Corporate – M&A and Financial Services (Of Counsel)*  
  • Lucy Yao: Shanghai (Kewei), Alternative Legal Services (Director-China)*  


  • Sophie Beaman: Sydney, Employment, Pensions and Incentives – Industrial Relations (Executive Counsel)  
  • Danielle Briers: Sydney, Disputes – Financial Services Regulatory (Executive Counsel)  
  • Will Chew: Sydney, Corporate – M&A, and Restructuring, Turnaround and Insolvency (Executive Counsel)  
  • Rebecca Davie: Sydney, Real Estate – Environment, Planning and Communities (Executive Counsel)  
  • Guillermo García-Perrote: Sydney, Disputes – International Arbitration and Construction (Executive Counsel)  
  • Ben Harris: Sydney, Employment, Pensions and Incentives – Employment (Executive Counsel)  
  • Daniel Johnson: Sydney, Corporate – Technology, Media and Telecommunications (Special Counsel)  
  • Nadine Kilpatrick: Melbourne, Finance – Project Finance (Executive Counsel)  
  • Zoe Leyland: Melbourne, Corporate – M&A (Executive Counsel)  
  • Vanessa Leyshon: Sydney, Disputes – Class Actions (Executive Counsel)  
  • Yorick Ng: Sydney, Corporate – Funds and Wealth (Asset) Management and Financial Services Regulatory (Special Counsel)  
  • Emily Peverill: Melbourne, Real Estate – Core Real Estate (Executive Counsel)  
  • Kara Reynolds: Brisbane, Employment, Pensions and Incentives – Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety (Executive Counsel)  
  • David Ryan: Melbourne, Corporate – Technology, Media and Telecommunications (Special Counsel)  
  • Lauren Selby: Sydney, Corporate – Head Office Advisory Team (Executive Counsel)  


  • Vincent Bouvard: Paris, Disputes – General Litigation and International Arbitration (Of Counsel)  
  • Thomas Herman: Paris, Corporate – Energy (Of Counsel)  
  • Hannes Jacobi: Frankfurt, Finance – Project, Real Estate and Asset Finance (Counsel)  
  • Noémie Laurin: Paris, Corporate – M&A (Of Counsel)  
  • Esther Lumbreras: Madrid, Corporate – Public Law, Energy and Infrastructure (Of Counsel)  
  • Sean Whitham: Dubai, Disputes – Construction and Infrastructure (Of Counsel)  


  • Tamsin Baird: London, Disputes – General Commercial Litigation (Of Counsel)  
  • Kerry Reid: London, Finance – Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Finance (Of Counsel)  
  • Nick Rutter: London, Finance – Derivatives and Structured Products (Of Counsel)  
  • Mark Tanner: London, Disputes – Banking Litigation (Of Counsel)  
  • Will Turner: London, Disputes – Commercial Litigation (Of Counsel)  

Our new professional support consultants are:   


Notes to editors:  

* Because of local regulatory requirements, Cynthia's title will be Senior Consultant; Michelle's will be Senior International Counsel; and Lucy's will be ALT Director.   

** Owing to client commitments, Jasveer's appointment will take effect later in the year.   

In Jakarta, legal services are provided through Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's association with Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung, one of Indonesia’s leading commercial and corporate law firms, including international counsel seconded from Herbert Smith Freehills. In Shanghai and Beijing, the firm provides access to PRC law advice through Herbert Smith Freehills Kewei (FTZ) Joint Operation in Shanghai with Kewei Law Firm. In Singapore, the firm operates under a Formal Law Alliance with local law firm Prolegis, which offers Singapore law capability alongside Herbert Smith Freehills' international skills through one seamless platform. 

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