Gadens announces senior promotions


Gadens is delighted to announce a number of senior promotions, effective 1 July.

New Partners:


Chi Chau, Construction, Sydney

Hector West, Dispute Resolution, Perth

Joseph Shaw, Litigation and Corporate Recovery, Brisbane

Kimberley Arden, Litigation and Corporate Recovery, Brisbane

Marcus Graham, Construction, Sydney

Natasha Hood, Property and Commercial Services, Brisbane

Nicholas McKenzie-McHarg, Disputes, Melbourne

Ourania Konstantinidis, Construction, Sydney

Peter Coggins, Insurance, Infrastructure and Risk, Brisbane

Victor Asoyo, Banking and Finance, Brisbane

Vince Mascolo, Property, Adelaide

New Directors:


Helen Van Ravels, Recovery and Restructuring, Sydney

Matthew Geary, Commercial Property, Sydney

Mike Steell, Commercial Property, Sydney

Nora Minassian, Recovery and Restructuring, Sydney

New Special Counsel:



Alex Eyre, Corporate, Adelaide

Clare Peacock, Corporate, Melbourne

Daniel Fitzpatrick, Construction, Sydney

Karina Carter, Recovery and Restructuring, Sydney·

Kerry Awerbuch, Intellectual Property, Melbourne

Shanna Livingstone, Property, Melbourne

Managing Partner of the Adelaide office, Karen Thomas said the firm is delighted to announce these senior promotions.  “Each of them are to be commended for their remarkable talent in their specific field of practice along with the exceptional contributions each has made to the firm and dedication to their clients. It is especially pleasing when senior appointments are made from lawyers grown within the ranks of the firm and further reinforces the depth of knowledge, dedication and extensive experience present in Gadens”.

Paul Spiro, Brisbane Chairman said, “The Brisbane office has an outstanding and diverse next generation of leaders and this is our largest injection into partnership ranks in many years.  You can’t stand still in 2016 - our promotions demonstrate the firm’s ongoing growth and reinvention in the new economy and our commitment to the local market”. 

Grant Scott-Hayward, Melbourne Chief Executive Officer said: “We at Gadens are delighted to announce these appointments, which reflect the hard work, commitment and dedication of each of these people, for the benefit of our clients and the firm. Our practices and services have grown very successfully in recent years, directly in line with the needs of our clients and our strong strategy. This continues, and we remain absolutely focused on providing an outstanding experience for our clients. Gadens is fortunate to have people of such high calibre, with incredible passion and leadership, and it is wonderful to see them take on positions of even greater responsibility. We are excited about the valuable contributions they will each continue to make in servicing our clients and advancing Gadens as a preeminent, independent firm”.

Sydney and Perth office Chief Executive Officer, Ian Dardis said the firm is proud to announce these promotions.  “It always gives me great satisfaction to see our people advance their careers at Gadens and these promotions recognise the talent of our people and their hard work and dedication to clients.  Combined with some recent significant lateral hires, these senior promotions enhance our ability to offer clients exceptional service.  We congratulate all of these lawyers on their well-deserved promotions”.

These appointments further strengthen our position in the market, and ensure that we will continue to meet the needs of our clients and deliver a consistent and outstanding client service.

For more information please contact:

Kate Ritchie
Communications Manager
+61 2 9035 7214
+ 61 404 878 034





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