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.

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“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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