10 elevated to senior roles in Kennedys Australia in landmark promotions round

Firm says it is “the largest-ever group of promotions for the firm in Australia in a single year”

10 elevated to senior roles in Kennedys Australia in landmark promotions round

Kennedys has elevated 10 lawyers in its Australia office to senior roles in a landmark promotions round.

The firm said that this is “the largest-ever group of promotions for the firm in Australia in a single year.” Four lawyers made senior associate, while six were promoted to special counsel.

“Marking the latest investment in Kennedys’ Australian team, the promotions reflect the firm’s continued growth in a challenging market and commitment to an expanded range of services in Australia,” the firm said.

The promotions were made across the firm’s Sydney and Melbourne offices, and the practice groups that benefited from the promotions round included the healthcare, liability, insurance and employment groups.

The following lawyers were elevated to senior associate:

  • Jane Cahill – liability, Melbourne
  • Kelly Gran – liability, Melbourne
  • Jemima Griffith – marine, transport and liability, Sydney
  • Beth O’Connor – healthcare, Sydney

These four are among 36 lawyers who were promoted to senior associate across the firm’s global offices – promotions were also recorded in the UK, Dubai, Copenhagen and Miami branches.

The following lawyers were made special counsel:

  • Beth Altson – healthcare, Melbourne
  • Peter Craney – marine, transport and liability, Sydney
  • Persephone Forster – employment, Sydney
  • Llinos Kent – insurance, Sydney
  • Jasmine Sandhu – liability, Melbourne
  • Emily Unger – liability, Melbourne

The appointments took effect on 1 September.

Kennedys Australia managing partner Matt Andrews said that the promotions round was a particularly impressive milestone for the firm given the current landscape.

“In normal circumstances, a group of senior appointments of this size would be a notable achievement for our firm, but it is even more impressive in the current environment,” he said. “It speaks to the depth of talent in our ranks and the growth opportunity in front of us. Our clients’ needs are evolving and increasingly, they are putting their confidence in our team to deliver on these needs.”

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