Dentons officially welcomes senior DibbsBarker lawyers

The firm expands its service offering across Australia's east coast with new partners and directors

Dentons officially welcomes senior DibbsBarker lawyers

Dentons has officially welcomed its senior lawyer recruits from DibbsBarker, which has closed.

With 20 senior appointments in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, the world’s largest law firm significantly expands its service offering across Australia’s east coast. The firm has appointed 10 partners and one director in Sydney, five partners and two directors in Brisbane, and two partners in Melbourne.

Among the newly appointed lawyers are DibbsBarker’s former chair, members of the shuttered firm’s board, and practice area leaders.

The promotions bolster Dentons’ financial services, real estate, corporate, dispute resolution, and intellectual property practices.

Dentons has appointed:


Banking and finance

  • David Carter, partner
  • Peter Luke, partner


  • Lis Boyce, partner
  • Geoff Cairns, partner
  • John Reen, partner
  • Paul Schmidt-Uili, partner

Dispute resolution

  • Emma Hodgman, partner

Intellectual property

  • Scott Sloan, director

Real estate

  • David Sharpe, partner

Recovery and restructuring

  • Justin Kang, partner
  • Gary Konig, partner


Banking and finance

  • Jason Morris, director

Recovery and restructuring

  • John Stragalinos, partner


Banking and finance

  • Jeff Baker, partner

Real estate

  • Keith Carl, director
  • Kirsten Pike, partner
  • Matthew Rollason, partner
  • Mahoney Smith, director

Recovery and restructuring

  • Scott Guthrie, partner
  • Ben Shaw, partner

Hodgman is DibbsBarker’s former chair. Guthrie, Luke, and Schidt-Uili were members of the board. Cairns led DibbsBarker’s corporate practice, while Boyce was the leader of the life sciences and healthcare industry group within the corporate practice. Baker led the banking, insolvency and disputes practice, while Rollason headed DibbsBarker’s real estate and construction practice.

“Dentons is focused on growth right across the east coast. Since opening our Melbourne office in late 2017, we’ve already doubled our partner numbers, and with our new presence in Brisbane and additional capability in Sydney, Dentons’ local and global clients will benefit from our enhanced Australian offering,” said Ian Dardis, Dentons Australia CEO.

Dentons Australia has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane. It also has an office in Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.


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