Global law firm Dentons has raided four Australian law firms to bring on six new partners—in employment, real estate, and recovery and restructuring—as it strives to meet demand from clients.
Melbourne-based employment and safety partner Paul O’Halloran and real estate partners Seamus Gunson and Nathan Rhimes join from Colin Biggers & Paisley.
Another real estate partner, Perth-based Darryl Kipping, joins from Torrens Legal.
Corporate partner Jill Milburn joins from Hunt & Hunt in Sydney and Brendan Golden joins from DW Fox Tucker in Adelaide.
Doug Stipanicev, Dentons’ Australia chair and Australasia region CEO, said the expansion reflected client demand and confirmed Dentons’ strong position in the Australian legal market.
“Many of our clients are recognizing opportunities in uncertain times and we must ensure we have the talented people to help them to grow, protect, operate and finance their businesses,” he said in a statement. “With these six partner appointments, we continue to increase our ability to form the right teams to assist our clients.”
Law firm leaders in Australia have said that despite fears of a slowdown, they remain as busy as ever.
Some of the newly hired partners are also bringing their teams, but Dentons said it was unable to provide details.
The three Melbourne appointments continue Dentons’ growth trajectory in the Victorian market, increasing its footprint in Melbourne and adding depth to the national real estate and employment and safety teams, Dentons said.
Gunson advises on sales, acquisitions and leasing of industrial, commercial and retail property, as well as the development of apartment towers and subdivisions, while Rhimes advises on all aspects of property development, including acquisition and due diligence, mixed-use development and land subdivision.
In Sydney, Milburn has experience advising clients on capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions, management buyouts, divestments and joint venture arrangements, across a range of industries including automotive, transport and logistics, banking and finance, and energy and mining.
O’Halloran and his team specialize in workplace disputes including employee misconduct, industrial action, reputational risk and union disputes, across a range of industries, including education, religion, health and aged care, Dentons said.
All of the new partners’ former firms have been contacted for comment.