Maurice Blackburn promotes two new principal lawyers

A total of 24 lawyers are set to be elevated in the new year

Maurice Blackburn promotes two new principal lawyers
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Maurice Blackburn has elevated a special counsel and a senior associate to principal lawyers in line with its promotions cycle for 2024.

Jarrah Ekstein is part of the class actions team in Brisbane. She has played a role in several class actions and social justice cases tackled by Maurice Blackburn, including the CIMIC Group shareholder class action settled in 2019, the RiverCity shareholder class action settled in 2016, and the Grand Western Lodge class action that resulted in over $4m being paid out as compensation to 50 people with disabilities.

At present, she is working on the AMP shareholder class action, Maurice Blackburn confirmed. She is a member of the NSW Law Society and used to be vice president of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.

Patrick Turner is part of Maurice Blackburn’s employment and industrial law team in Brisbane. He has represented trade unions and private clients such as employees, executives, and directors in both litigated and non-litigated industrial disputation, disciplinary matters, breach of contract claims, general protections claims, unfair dismissals, discrimination complaints, anti-bullying matters, contractual negotiations, defamation, consumer law claims and other claims and actions arising under employment and industrial legislation, the firm said.

He joined the Queensland Law Society’s Occupational and Discipline Law Committee in 2019.

In addition to Ekstein and Turner, the firm promoted 22 other lawyers. The promotions, which have been made across the firm’s offices in Queensland, Victoria, and Sydney, cover diverse practice areas such as road and work injuries, public liability, superannuation and insurance, medical negligence, class actions, litigation funding, and employment and industrial law.

“All of these promotions reflect consistent work, growing technical expertise and developing leadership qualities,” CEO Jacob Varghese said.

The other promotions are listed as follows:

Special counsel

  • Kerry Palmer
  • Tom Willcox

Senior associate

  • Alistair Lord
  • Charles Gibbs
  • Jenna Amos
  • Jilnar Zeina
  • Jordan Mathas-Carleton
  • Josh Hunt
  • Laura Hadfield
  • Luke Atkins
  • Simon Gibbs
  • Simone Ellis


  • Codie Clarke
  • Emma O’Bree
  • Fortis Josephides
  • Ken Osborne
  • Kyara Catheray
  • Kyle Peart-Corr
  • Matthew Graham-Freeman
  • Matthew Wicks
  • Michael Stojanovski
  • Suzy Bec

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