Major firm launches in Tasmania

A major firm has announced the launch of a new office in Hobart, completing its national footprint.

Two Hunt & Hunt lawyers will join the HWL Ebsworth Lawyers partnership with the launch of a new office in Tasmania.
Lawyers Antony Logan and Sarah Sealy will make the shift to the firm’s new Hobart office along, with four Hunt & Hunt professional staff members and five support staff.
The new office completes the firm’s national footprint, now with 10 offices across the country.
“Tasmania offers us significant opportunities within our existing national and international client base, as well as allowing us to gain greater access to local Tasmanian clients,” HWL Ebsworth managing partner Juan Martinez told Australasian Lawyer.
“Many of our commercial, insurance and financial services clients already operate in Tasmania, and we have traditionally instructed local firms to assist our clients in this market.”
Martinez said the new office will mean that the firm can service clients anywhere in Australia, using local resources and subject matter with the added benefit of national back up.
The office will offer a broad range of services, including Commercial and Corporate, Property, Workplace Relations & Safety, Banking & Finance, Construction, Dispute Resolution, Insurance and Restructuring and Insolvency & Debt Recovery.
“Not many national firms can afford to compete financially with the local Tasmanian firms in a sustainable way, but our unique business model allows us to compete with the quality local firms,” Martinez said.
“Our unmatched ability to assist our clients with their legal needs in every Australian State and Territory enables our clients to achieve their objectives in this regard. We are looking forward to introducing our new Hobart team to our national and international clients.”
Though the new office completes the firm’s national presence, Martinez said the firm will continue to look for growth opportunities.
“We are constantly looking at opportunities to strengthen our offering in particular areas of law, and we are continuing to be approached by high calibre practitioners,” he said.
“If we believe that our clients would benefit from us moving into new regions, we would consider any such opportunity as long as that didn't distract us from our core focus on our commercial and government clients.”

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