Mills Oakley follows up launch of new practice with another lateral hire from global firm

The new partner brings to the firm 20 years’ experience as a property specialist

Mills Oakley follows up launch of new practice with another lateral hire from global firm

Mills Oakley has added another partner, this time from a global law firm.

Richard Cohen has joined the firm in Sydney, making the move from Norton Rose Fulbright. He brings to the firm 20 years’ experience as a property specialist, advising Australian and international owners and tenants of properties, high-profile corporate occupiers, state and federal government authorities, professional services firms, manufacturers, developers, and ASX-listed companies on all aspects of property law.

The appointment comes after Mills Oakley’s launch of a construction practice in Melbourne with the hire of partner Michael Loterzo from Lander & Rogers.

John Nerurker, chief executive of Mills Oakley, said that the firm is responding to strong market demand.

“Mills Oakley already has one of the largest real estate teams in the market and we are pleased to be acting for a number of new clients for the first time this year,” he said. “To attract a candidate of Richard’s profile and calibre is particularly timely given the firm’s growth in this area.”

Cohen said that a major factor in his move was a strong cultural fit at Mills Oakley, as well as his respect for the firm’s real estate team. He said that he feels the firm will be a great fit for the type and scale of clients that he represents.

Mills Oakley also recruited five senior lawyers from four firms in a hiring spree late last year.

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