Clyde & Co lawyer makes move to W+K

The firm also beefed up its partnership with four promotions

Clyde & Co lawyer makes move to W+K
Sarah Metcalfe

Clyde & Co insurance disputes lawyer Sarah Metcalfe has transitioned to Wotton + Kearney (W+K) as its newest partner.

Metcalfe joins the team in Melbourne. She focuses on complex, multi-party building and construction disputes, and has tackled high-profile construction related coverage disputes.

In particular, she is an expert when it comes to cladding disputes; she acted for the architecture firm in the Victorian test case on ACP cladding. Her clients include architecture firms, contractors, building surveyors and engineering firms.

W+K financial lines head Andrew Moore, said that Metcalfe’s hire is indicative of the increasing demand for building and construction sector experience.

“We are very pleased to welcome Sarah to our firm. She brings a wealth of expertise and experience in the building and construction sector, which is an area of increasing demand and complexity for our clients”, Moore said. “Sarah has a strong track record of providing high-quality and specialised advice and representation to our insurer and insured clients across Asia Pacific”.

W+K’s mid-year promotions

Nonetheless, Metcalfe is not the only new addition to the partnership; the firm also elevated Morgan Campbell, James Cooper, Stuart Moore and Marcus Saw in its mid-year promotions cycle.

Campbell is part of the general liability team in Sydney. Campbell has represented domestic and international insurers, underwriting agencies, self-insured organisations, and government agencies in relation of various insurance claims. He concentrates on complex large loss personal injury claims that often involve an intertwined recovery component.

Cooper practises with the property, energy and infrastructure team in Melbourne. Also hailing from Clyde & Co, he joined W+K earlier this year as head of its aviation practice.

Moore works across the general liability, property and energy, and subrogation and recoveries teams from his Melbourne base. He specialises in product liability and property damage claims on the casualty (liability defence and subrogated recoveries) and first-party property (coverage) aspects.

Saw works with the financial lines team in Sydney. He concentrates on construction-related claims across Australia, acting for local and international insurers and their insureds as both coverage and defence counsel. He has also represented contractors, building surveyors, architects and designers, and engineers.

W+K also promoted the following in Australia:

Special counsel

  • Jessica Chapman – financial lines, Sydney
  • Julian Amato – financial lines, Adelaide
  • Samantha Saad – commercial litigation, Sydney
  • Meg Harrington – general liability, Sydney
  • Jeanine Wong – general liability, Canberra
  • Liana Isaac – general liability, Brisbane
  • Tushka Sridharan – general liability, Melbourne
  • Marnie Hasler – property, energy and infrastructure, Sydney

Senior associates

  • Mia Dowie – cyber, Melbourne
  • Karim Ibrahim – general liability, Melbourne
  • Jessica La – general liability, Sydney
  • Gemma Curcio – general liability, Sydney
  • Antonia Fox Koob – general liability, Sydney
  • Stacey Juras – general liability, Perth
  • Alex Percy – general liability, Perth
  • Rocco Domine – property, energy and infrastructure, Sydney
  • Renee Magee – pro bono, Sydney

Associates

  • Anna Hurtig – financial lines, Sydney
  • Jonathon Gilmour – financial lines, Sydney
  • Alicia Maccarrone – general liability, Sydney
  • Alisha Bala – general liability, Melbourne
  • Rosalie Colantuono – general liability, Melbourne
  • Emilia Feneziani – property, energy and infrastructure, Melbourne
  • Christian Boustany – property, energy and infrastructure, Sydney
  • Anthony Huxtable – property, energy and infrastructure, Sydney
  • Emma Campbell – property, energy and infrastructure, Brisbane

The promotions took effect on 1 July.

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