The two experienced lawyers are former partners of some of Australia's largest firms
Keypoint Law has scored a major win with its addition of two senior lawyers as consulting principals.
Joining the NewLaw firm are Doug Robertson, who will be based in Melbourne, and James Halliday, who will be based in Sydney. Robertson and Halliday come from EY and Baker McKenzie, respectively, where they held senior roles.
“I am delighted to welcome Doug and James to the firm. Both are highly regarded lawyers with outstanding corporate expertise. Their standout reputations, combined with the impressive roles they have both held, make them a great match for our firm as we continue to expand our corporate practice,” said Warren Kalinko, Keypoint Law CEO. “In the past 12 months, we’ve experienced exceptional growth as we have welcomed 10 talented senior lawyers to the firm. The appointment of Doug and James is no exception, and demonstrates our commitment to meeting the growing needs of our clients.”
Robertson joins Keypoint Law after leaving EY in December. He was executive director of EY Australia, where he also led the corporate and commercial law team. He was also a partner at Gadens for nearly nine years. He was a founding partner for the Melbourne based of Piper Alderman, where he spent nearly five years. He was also a long-time partner at legacy Freehills.
Robertson – who has more than 30 years of experience specialising in corporate and commercial law – acts for a broad range of clients, including private and public companies and trusts and government bodies. He is also an expert in governance and compliance matters.
“The ultimate flexibility that the firm’s model provides senior lawyers was a very attractive feature for me,” Robertson said.
Halliday joins the firm from Baker McKenzie, where he was a partner for 12 years. Prior to the global legal giant, he was corporate counsel at Singtel Opus. He was also a solicitor at Clayton Utz.
With more than two decades’ experience in corporate and commercial law, Halliday has extensive knowledge in public and private M&A, joint ventures, and other related transactions. He has particular expertise in the telecommunications sector.
“The firm’s rapid growth and recent success in the market really highlights the excellence of its service offering and client focus,” Halliday said. “Keypoint is poised for big things and I’m excited to be part of that story.”