The firm also announced the departure of a director
McCaw Lewis has promoted Amanda Hockley, who heads up the firm’s asset planning team, to senior associate.
Hockley kicked off her legal career with the firm in 2009, before relocating to Australia. While residing in Perth, she practised as part of the banking and finance group at a major Australian firm.
Her areas of expertise include trusts, estate administration, wills, commercial contracts, leases and company law. She has also advised on banking and finance matters related to property development and corporate.
In 2017, Hockley returned to McCaw Lewis. Prior to taking the helm on the asset planning team, she had worked with the firm’s property and commercial teams.
“I have a huge amount of respect for the firm and the talented people that I work with. I’m excited to entrench myself in the asset planning team and to have a part in the leadership of the firm,” she said.
Hockley has worked with retirement villages, charities and not-for-profit organisations, and in 2019, she was appointed as a trustee of ConneXu, a charitable trust that offers disability support services. In the process, she has gained considerable experience with governance.
“Her promotion to senior associate recognises the growing role Amanda plays in the leadership of the firm,” McCaw Lewis said. “In particular, in her role as the leader of the asset planning team, Amanda has shown an excellent ability to motivate people and build team culture.”
Last month, the firm announced the departure of director Thomas Gibbons, who had been with McCaw Lewis since 2004. He joined the partnership in 2008, and was elevated to the director position in 2011 when the firm was incorporated.
Gibbons will be going into sole practice, specialising in expert property work, land development, unit titles and RMA.
“We wish Thomas all the best for his new venture. It is intended that he will continue his association with the firm through projects and joint client work, while having more opportunity to focus on specialised work,” the firm said. “The property team will continue to provide the highest quality of legal services to our clients, and we look forward to the continuing relationship with Thomas in his new role.”