The new appointments beef up Maddocks’ healthcare and planning and environment practices
Maddocks has scored a couple of hiring wins by bringing in a seasoned M&A lawyer from Herbert Smith Freehills as its new special counsel, as well as a four-strong team from Holding Redlich that includes a new partner.
Francine Kinkade becomes part of the healthcare team effective today. The new special counsel has tackled many M&A transactions in her career, including acquisitions, divestments, investments and joint ventures, as well as corporate governance, commercial contracting and compliance issues.
“We are delighted to have Francine join Maddocks. She is an outstanding lawyer who stands out for her commerciality and technical skill,” healthcare sector head Lucille Scomazzon said.
Kinkade has worked with the healthcare, education, consumer goods and tech industries. She has advised on both domestic and cross-border deals from Australia and the UK.
Her clients include corporate, private equity and government bodies, and she has seconded for two of them. She is also passionate about pro bono work.
Scomazzon said that Kinkade was “a fantastic addition” to Maddocks’ healthcare practice at “a time of significant activity and change across the sector.”
Earlier this month, the firm also bolstered its public law planning and environment group with new partner Breellen Warry, special counsel Blake Dyer, associate Georgia Appleby and lawyer Kate O’Mara.
A highly ranked lawyer in Doyle’s Guide and Best Lawyers, Warry has advised on all aspects of planning and environmental law for more than 16 years. She has appeared before the Land and Environment Courts on merit appeals, judicial review and enforcement proceedings.
She focuses on biodiversity conservation, sustainability, environmental compliance, corporate environmental management and waste regulation.
“Breellen brings experience in development and infrastructure projects, as well as expertise in voluntary planning agreements and biodiversity matters, which will be of great value to all of our clients,” said Michael Winram, who heads up the Maddocks public law team in Sydney. “Efficiently navigating environment and planning laws and the associated government processes remains crucial to our clients. The appointment of Breellen, Blake, Georgia and Kate adds further depth, experience and expertise for both our public and private sector clients in these important areas of law.”