NRF elevates 33 in Australia

More than 60% of the lawyers promoted were women

NRF elevates 33 in Australia

Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has elevated 33 lawyers in its Australia offices.

Fifteen were promoted to special counsel/consultant, while 18 got the nod to senior associate. Of the promoted lawyers, 67% were women.

Several of the firm’s practice groups benefit from the promotions, which were made across the firm’s offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra.

“Our newly promoted senior lawyers are a diverse group of talented women and men, with a mix of domestic and cross-border practices,” said Alison Deitz, NRF’s Australia managing partner.

The lawyers included in this promotion round are listed as follows:

Banking and finance

  • Claire Whitney – special consultant (banking and finance), Melbourne (England/Wales-qualified)
  • John Poulsen – special counsel (financial restructuring and insolvency), Brisbane
  • Cassandra Fielden –senior associate (financial restructuring and insolvency), Sydney
  • Aaron Kam – senior associate (financial restructuring and insolvency), Sydney
  • Shen Low – senior associate (banking and finance), Sydney
  • Jodie Partridge – senior associate (banking and finance), Sydney

Construction and engineering

  • Danielle Strain – special counsel, Melbourne
  • Andrew North – senior associate, Melbourne

Corporate, M&A and securities

  • Fridoun Chee –special consultant, Sydney (Indonesia-qualified)
  • Nick Rimington –special counsel, Melbourne
  • Meg Murray – senior associate, Sydney
  • Michael Phillips – senior associate, Sydney (Scotland-qualified)
  • Jessica Rusten – senior associate, Brisbane

Dispute resolution and litigation

  • Grace Do – special counsel, Melbourne
  • Kate Green – special counsel, Sydney
  • Tamlyn Mills – special counsel, Sydney
  • Jenna Relton – special counsel, Sydney
  • Nathan Guenette –senior associate (insurance), Sydney
  • Alexandra Hellaby –senior associate, Sydney
  • Stephanie Phan – senior associate, Sydney
  • Carmel Proudfoot – senior associate, Perth
  • Stephanie Tseriotis – senior associate (insurance), Melbourne
  • Phoebe Vonthethoff – senior associate, Sydney
  • Sophie Wade – senior associate, Melbourne
  • William Yeo – senior associate, Sydney

Employment and labour

  • Melissa Carnell – special counsel, Sydney
  • Jodie Kessler – special counsel, Sydney

Environment and planning

  • Jacqueline Plant – special counsel, Melbourne
  • Tom White – special counsel, Sydney
  • Victoria Vilagosh – senior associate, Melbourne


  • Mark Prosser – special counsel, Canberra

Pro bono

  • Gemma Livingston – special counsel, Sydney

Risk and compliance

  • Alethea Taylor – senior associate, Melbourne

The lawyers took their new positions on 1 July.

“The group includes lawyers admitted to practice in England and Wales, Indonesia and Scotland, highlighting the global nature of our business. My partners and I congratulate this cohort of future leaders and thank them for their important contributions to our clients and the success of our firm,” Deitz said.

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