Sydney lawyers join Pinsent Masons partnership

The firm named 23 new partners in its largest promotions round in three years

Sydney lawyers join Pinsent Masons partnership

Pinsent Masons’ group of new partners includes two lawyers in Australia.

Among the 23 new partners of the international firm are Adam Perl and William Marshall, who are both based in Sydney.

Perl, who specialises in both front- and back-end work, has a practice that is focused on construction, infrastructure, and projects. He was one of the first lawyers to move to Pinsent Masons as it launched in Australia in 2015. He took on a legal director role at the firm when he joined from Leighton Contractors where he was a legal manager of a division.

Marshall, who is elevated from senior associate, specialises in construction procurement, strategy, and project delivery in traditionally procured and PPP/PFI projects. He started his legal career with Gadens in 2006, before moving outside the country to Pinsent Masons in 2008. He joined King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney in 2012 but returned to the firm in 2013 in Dubai, where he spent more than 5 years before returning to Sydney.

Adam Perl

William Marshall

Richard Foley, senior partner, said that the promotions round is particularly significant for Pinsent Masons.

“This is our largest promotions round in three years and demonstrates that we are a growing and increasingly global business,” he said.

The firm has worked hard to create both a level playing field and an environment wherein its people can develop the deep sector-specialism and innovative mindset that characterises a Pinsent Masons partner, he said.

“Pinsent Masons Australia is on a solid growth trajectory as a result of our clear focus, putting infrastructure and energy at the heart of what we do,” said David Rennick, who heads the firm in Australia. “We congratulate William Marshall and Adam Perl on their promotions, which are well deserved. We look forward to continue growing the leadership team to realise the significant opportunities domestically and in the region.”

Almost a third of the newly promoted lawyers are based outside of the UK. Pinsent Masons launched in Madrid, Dublin, Johannesburg, and Perth last year.

The group also mostly specialises in the five global sectors of the firm, with 90% specialising in energy, financial services, infrastructure, real estate, and advanced manufacturing and technology.

One in four among the promoted lawyers are female, in line with the partnership’s current gender ratio. Pinsent Masons has a goal to have the partnership be 30% female by 2020. In the last three years, almost half of the firm’s internal promotions have been female.

The other newly promoted partners are:


  • Alvin Ho (infrastructure)
  • Mark Hu (infrastructure)


  • Luke Tapp (employment)


  • Melina Wolman (TMT)


  • Michael Prüßner (corporate)

United Kingdom

  • Mark Baker (financial services)
  • Charles BlamireBrown (infrastructure)
  • Matthew ClaytonStead (financial services)
  • Zoe De Courcy Arbiser (infrastructure)
  • Tim Fearn (financial services)
  • Stephen Glass (real estate)
  • Hayley Goldstone (financial services)
  • Natalie Harris (real estate)
  • Andrew Herring (advanced manufacturing and technology)
  • Greg Jones (infrastructure)
  • Ravi Nayer (financial services)
  • Amie Norris (corporate)
  • Paul Noble (tax)
  • Helen Robinson (real estate)
  • Christopher Sharp (life sciences)
  • David Woods (financial services, TMT, energy)


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