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Dentons Brisbane Grows Team with Another New Partner

Dentons Brisbane continues its growth trajectory with the addition of another new partner Caroline Snow. Caroline joins as a corporate partner specialising in equity capital market transactions, complex governance, regulatory and compliance matters.

Caroline also brings extensive experience as a corporate advisor to property and mortgage fund managers, listed and unlisted managed investment schemes, financial services clients, and activist security holders.

Caroline’s appointment continues the growth of Dentons Brisbane, with Caroline joining recent partner appointments of Recovery and Restructuring Partner, Claire Petersen; Banking and Finance Partner and Head of Office, Craig Chapman; and Real Estate Partner, Cara Richardson.

Dentons’ Australia Region Chair and Australasia Chief Executive Officer, Doug Stipanicev said that in just six months, four new partners had been added to Dentons Brisbane, and that Dentons was well on the way to achieving a short term Brisbane partner target of ten.

In line with this economic development, the Brisbane office serves major banks and businesses, regional offices of multinationals, overseas investors and start-up visionaries. Regional and national government and its agencies rely on our advice in helping facilitate growth.

They benefit from a team providing comprehensive advice to both established and new market participants, from the energy and resources industry, to construction and infrastructure, property development and financial services through to new technology.

About Dentons Law Firm

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, connecting top-tier talent to the world’s challenges and opportunities with 20000 professionals including 12000 lawyers, in more than 200 locations, in more than 80 countries.

Dentons’ polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and award-winning client service challenge the status quo to advance client interests.

Browne Jacobson appoints new IT Director

Law firm Browne Jacobson has announced that it has appointed Abby Ewen as its new IT Director.

Working closely with Iain Blatherwick, Managing Partner, and the Firm’s Executive Board, Abby will head up the firm’s award winning IT team.

The role will see her utilising her extensive strategic and operational expertise in developing and driving forward the firm’s technology strategy and spearheading an effective IT service, focused on delivering business efficiencies, technology driven solutions and exceptional client service for both end users and clients.

Abby will be the firm’s first female IT director, following on from Caroline Green’s recent appointment as the firm’s first female Senior Partner. Abby’s appointment increases the number of women on Browne Jacobson’s Executive to five of the eleven members.

She joins from law firm BLM where she was IT Director for more than six years. Prior to her time at BLM, Abby held various senior IT and change management positions over 10 years with law firm Simmons and Simmons.

As well as being a regular speaker at high profile industry events, Abby actively promotes the technology sector as an attractive career option to school children in her role as a STEM ambassador. She is also a Director of LITIG (Legal IT Innovators Group) and a member of the advisory panel at DELTAS – a group that promotes diversity & excellence in legal technology and security.

Speaking on her appointment Managing Partner Iain Blatherwick, said:

“We are delighted to have someone with Abby’s experience join us.

“She will play a crucial role in helping us to deliver our vision and strategy, drive business performance and create a high-performance culture and environment where talented people from diverse backgrounds are motivated and thrive.

“Abby’s appointment is a real coup for the business.

“She has an impressive track record and she will be joining a strong team that has been core to helping to meet the current and future commercial needs of the business.”

On joining Browne Jacobson, Abby Ewen commented:

“It is a really exciting time to be joining Browne Jacobson.

“I have been really impressed with the investment the firm has made in recent years and their vision for placing IT at the heart of their strategy for future growth.

“I am looking forward to using my experience to develop a best in class IT team and take advantage of the technological developments in the market to provide a truly unique experience for both its people and clients.”

If you would like to find out more information, please visit: https://www.brownejacobson.com/

Baker McKenzie Creates 150 Jobs in Belfast

Baker McKenzie is to create 150 new jobs in Belfast as part of major expansion plans. The legal company has entered into an agreement with Belfast Harbour Commissioners to take additional office space in the City Quays development.

The expansion also allows the legal firm to develop and grow the services it currently provides in Belfast.

Baker McKenzie was the first tenant to move to grade A office space within City Quays 1 in June 2015, but is now nearing capacity in its existing premises.

Since setting up in late 2014 the Belfast office, one of 77 around the world, has grown rapidly and now provides over 30 legal and business services, including finance, corporate support, marketing and IT.

Executive director at Baker McKenzie, James Richards said the expansion underlines the firm’s commitment to Belfast and Northern Ireland.

Belfast Harbour Chief Executive Officer, Joe O’Neill believes Baker McKenzie’s expansion in the city is testament to the offering provided in the City Quays development.

“Cementing our relationship even further with Baker McKenzie and facilitating their ability to grow is something which makes us very proud,” he said.

“City Quays 2 is Belfast Harbour’s response to ongoing demand by inward investors and indigenous firms for new Grade A office space in Belfast.

The development has already established itself as the preferred destination for local and international business leaders and Baker McKenzie’s decision to expand into City Quays 2 is a clear testament to the quality of the space provided, its location for business and the infrastructure around it.”