10 ascend in Lane Neave’s latest promotions round

The firm welcomed new special counsel and senior solicitors

10 ascend in Lane Neave’s latest promotions round
Maria Green, Ellen Sewell

Lane Neave has elevated 10 lawyers in its latest promotions round.

The firm welcomed two special counsel, a senior associate, three associates and four senior solicitors.

“The partners of Lane Neave are delighted to see the continued growth of these excellent solicitors as they progress in their careers, making a significant contribution to the lives and businesses of their clients and to the firm overall,” managing partner Andrew Shaw said.

Maria Green and Ellen Sewell, the newly minted special counsel, were previously senior associates. Green works with the employment team, while Sewell is part of the corporate practice.

Green has handled a variety of employment matters over a career spanning more than 13 years, including disciplinary and performance issues and restructures. She often advocates for employers in mediations.

She has also conducted independent and external investigations for clients. Before she joined Lane Neave, she spent some time with Clifford Chance’s London branch.

Sewell works on M&A, joint ventures, business restructures and general commercial contracts. She also has experience with information technology law.

She operated from Sydney for a number of years, recording stints with top firms in the Australasia region.

Julia Strickett of the immigration team rose from associate to senior associate. She has worked across New Zealand, Australia and Europe, amassing experience in policy and law reform and complex appeals.

She has assisted human rights law barristers, and provides advice on visa applications and special direction requests to the Minister.

Green, Sewell and Strickett commenced in their new positions on 1 July, as did the other newly promoted lawyers listed as follows:

Senior solicitors

  • Alex Beal (employment)
  • Ben Cooper (corporate)
  • Aidan Ryan (building and construction)
  • Hygeia King (commercial property)


  • Shoosh Cai (immigration)
  • Ken Huang (immigration)
  • Whitney Moore (corporate)

“This talented group of lawyers should feel very proud of their abilities as they step into this next phase of their careers,” Shaw said.

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