Eight make partner at Hall & Wilcox

New partners are part of a 29-strong senior promotions round

Eight make partner at Hall & Wilcox


Hall & Wilcox has welcomed eight to the partnership in its latest senior promotions round.

The firm’s newest partners are Liam Campion, James Deady, Stephanie Driscoll, Maree Ferguson, Frank Hinoporos, Nathan Kennedy, Ilona Strong, and James Whiley. The independent, business-focused firm has also announced 21 new senior lawyer appointments.

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“Core to our purpose is to enable our people to thrive. We are an ambitious firm and our growth and the strong support of our clients means there are many opportunities for our people to progress and succeed,” said Tony Macvean. “It’s very satisfying as a leader of the firm to see the exceptional talent of our people recognised by this significant milestone in their career. All have made, and will continue to make, a strong contribution to our firm’s success and that of our clients. The future of our firm is in excellent hands.”

Macvean, Hall & Wilcox managing partner, said that the promotion round is consistent with the firm’s diversity and inclusion focus, with nearly 40% of the new partners and more than 70% of the senior lawyer appointments being female.

Liam Campion

Campion, an experienced litigator, advises insurers on complex litigation, class actions, indemnity disputes and insurance fraud, public and product liability matters, and professional indemnity claims.

James Deady

Deady has particular expertise in technology matters, including technology procurement, technology and digital transformation projects, and technology outsourcing matters.

Stephanie Driscoll

Driscoll specialises in workplace injury claims, statutory and common law, and the management and defence of a range of claims, particularly complex stress claims.

Maree Ferguson

Ferguson, an expert in general liability and workplace injury claims, has a particular interest in workplace fatality, complex stress claims, and indemnity disputes.

Frank Hinoporos

Hinoporos, a specialist in taxation, has a focus on business transactions and restructures, risk management, and dispute resolution. He is also an expert in the areas of charity, not-for-profit, and the philanthropy of wealthy individuals and corporates.

Nathan Kennedy

Kennedy is the firm’s first pro bono partner. He is an experienced insurance litigator specialising in catastrophic and major claims in CTP and general liability, who also has a decade of experience working with community legal centres and human rights organisations. He runs the firm’s pro bono and community practice, which has recorded a 75% increase in total pro bono hours rendered over the last year.

Ilona Strong

Strong has a practice focused on self-insured clients and specialised in both statutory and common law areas across the Victorian, Tasmanian, and Commonwealth WorkCover legislation. She also played a lead role in the development of Hall & Wilcox CLEAR.

James Whiley

Whiley’s focus is high- and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. He specialises in estate and succession planning and is experienced in complex cross-border planning and structuring work. He also advises on estate and trust disputes, as well as probate and estate administration.

Hall & Wilcox has also promoted eight to special counsel. They are:

  • Nikki Akhurst-Rasa
  • Emma Baker
  • Lauren Haygarth
  • Kristopher Kunasingam
  • Emily Kyriacou
  • Amber Mahoney
  • Carl Newton
  • Megan Scott

Hall & Wilcox’s 13 new senior associates are:

  • Rebecca Ayres
  • Krisha Bennett
  • Candice Carrasco
  • Adam Dimac
  • William Keating
  • Bridget Mangan
  • Donna Marsh
  • Rebecca Pickering
  • Peta Rapson
  • Martin Samyia
  • Adam Shaw
  • Daisy Whyte
  • Anne Wilson

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