Lavan is delighted to announce our most recent promotions and appointments.
The well-earned promotions to senior associate of Rachel Harkness in Family Law, Claudie Hughes in Property & Leasing and Zac Sharp in Restructuring & Insolvency are a true reflection of their market-leading legal expertise. The promotions to associate of Rebecca Cain in Property & Leasing, Tiffany Lau in Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Isabella Mosole in Planning & Environment demonstrate their commitment to client service and their contributions to life at Lavan.
We have also been pleased to welcome partner Bruno Di Girolami, special counsel Sharon Payn and associate Anna Lee to our Employment, Safety & Education team, special counsel Kerrie Papamihail to Corporate Services and associate Tawnee Dickinson to our Family Law team.
Commenting on these promotions and appointments, managing partner Dean Hely said: “I am delighted to congratulate these talented lawyers on their promotions and appointments, on behalf of the partners and all of our people. Lavan is incredibly fortunate to have had so many talented and committed people join us over the last six months to help us on our journey to be Western Australia’s pre-eminent law firm. I have no doubt that each of these practitioners will continue to contribute to the successes of our clients as well as to Lavan and work together to make a difference.”
On their promotions and appointments we congratulate:
Bruno Di Girolami joins Lavan as partner in the Employment, Safety & Education team. Representing employers from the private and public sector, Bruno has been involved in some of Australia’s landmark employment and H&S cases and his clients value his ability to consider complex issues and provide clear, timely and
Kerrie Papamihail has joined Lavan as a special counsel in our Corporate Services team. Kerrie has significant equity capital markets, corporate advisory and regulatory experience and advises both local and international clients on matters including IPOs, migration listings, spin-offs, M&A, secondary capital raisings, listing rule compliance, continuous disclosure and corporate governance.
Sharon Payn joins Lavan as special counsel in Employment, Safety & Education. Sharon has extensive experience in a wide range of employment matters including workplace relations strategies, redundancies, award compliance, bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct claims.
Rachel Harkness is promoted to senior associate in our Family Law team. Since joining Lavan Rachel has become an advisor that the partners and her team can rely on. She advises clients on all areas of family law and has significant experience with complex financial matters involving international assets, corporate and trust, and taxation and accounting issues.
Claudie Hughes is promoted to senior associate in Property & Leasing. A valued member of the team, Claudie counsels her clients on all areas of property law including strata titles, sales and acquisitions of commercial and industrial premises, property financing, leasing and due diligence.
Zac Sharp is also promoted to senior associate in our Restructuring & Insolvency team. A team first practitioner who clients can depend on, Zac has experience in advising insolvency practitioners, financiers and companies in relation to restructuring, corporate insolvency and distressed investments.
Rebecca Cain has been promoted to associate in Property & Leasing. During her time at Lavan Rebecca has been heavily involved in acting for clients in relation to strata titles. She is a commercially minded lawyer and has advised property developers, strata managers and strata companies on all aspects of the strata schemes lifespan and assists with the preparation of off the plan sales contracts.
Tawnee Dickinson joins Lavan as an associate in Family Law. Tawnee practices in all areas of family law and has significant experience relating to complex children’s issues such as relocation and recovery orders, family and domestic violence and restraining orders.
Tiffany Lau is promoted to associate in our Litigation & Dispute Resolution team. Tiffany has acted for clients in a range of corporate and commercial disputes and has experience in criminal law and regulatory investigations.
Anna Lee has joined Lavan as an associate in Employment, Safety & Education. Anna provides innovative solutions and provides her clients with advice on a broad range of employment and workplace relations matters. She is also a registered migration agent and can assist clients with global mobility and migration matters.
Isabella Mosole is promoted to associate in our Planning & Environment team. She is experienced in advising clients from multiple sectors across WA in obtaining planning, environmental and liquor licensing approvals. Isabella has established herself as an integral part of the Planning & Environment team and has recently received a “rising star” award by Doyle’s Guide for her work in planning law.
Luke O’Callaghan, a partner in our Corporate Services team, recently spoke to the ABC, Sky News and The West Australian on “a big week in electricity markets” last week.
The contrast between Western Australia and the Eastern States in terms of energy policy settings and outcomes were particularly noticeable last week as Daniel Mercer reported here.
The Western Australian Government announced the planned closure of its Synergy owned coal fired power stations by the end of the decade and their replacement with renewable energy and storage. This story was reported extensively, but Daniel Mercer’s analysis is worth reading here.
Luke expressed the view to The West Australian that the policy was feasible because it provided a long lead time for planning and investment, including by non-government investors. You can read The West’s analysis here (behind a paywall).
At the same time, the National Electricity Market saw unprecedented challenges, spot market price spikes and forecast shortfalls in available generation capacity leading to the Australian Energy Market Operator’s decision to suspend the spot market because it had become impossible to continue operating while maintaining system security and reliability.
Western Australian policy settings like the domestic gas reservation policy and the reserve capacity mechanism provide a kind of insurance against high domestic gas prices and shortages of generation capacity. With the Energy Security Board’s proposal to adopt a reserve capacity mechanism in the National Electricity Market in play, Luke argued that participants should look to the West for guidance.
But he cautioned that perhaps the most crucial protection against volatility in electricity markets are clear and durable energy and climate policy settings that allow infrastructure investors and operators to plan, mitigating against an unstable and disorganised transition to a low carbon future.
Lavan is delighted that partner Amber Crosthwaite has once again been recognised as a preeminent lawyer in Health & Aged Care by respected legal directory Doyle’s Guide.
Amber said “I really want to acknowledge the breadth and depth of experience in the Lavan team. This means that we can offer a full service to our clients in these sectors, always through the lens of the regulatory landscape of which they operate."
Commenting on the results, managing partner Dean Hely said, “Amber is an invaluable source of advice and support for our aged care, seniors living and disability clients. These sectors are constantly having to navigate complex regulations and reform and they are fortunate to have Amber as their advocate”.
Further demonstrating the depth of Lavan’s commitment to the sector, partner Peter Beekink was also recognised as a recommended lawyer in Health & Aged Care Law in Western Australia.
Lavan is delighted to announce that we have once again been recognised by respected legal directory The Best Lawyers in Australia™ in their 2023 edition for the industry leading experience and expertise of our lawyers.
Demonstrating the strength of Lavan’s multi-disciplinary service offering, Best Lawyers has recognised 16 of our partners and lawyers across 16 different practice areas, including awarding partners Craig Wallace and Paul McQueen as “Lawyer of the Year” for Planning & Environmental Law and Land Use & Zoning Law in Western Australia respectively. We are also pleased to see senior associate Mary Roseingrave achieve a “Ones To Watch” award for Family Law.
Commenting on the results, managing partner Dean Hely said “We are thrilled to receive these latest Best Lawyers Australia rankings. The results Lavan has achieved year after year in these awards is a testament to our preeminent position in the Western Australian legal market and a true reflection of the quality of work our people produce for our valued clients.”
The full list of the Lavan lawyers recognised in the 2023 rankings of Best Lawyers Australia includes:
Real Property Law
Employee Benefits Law and Labour & Employment Law
Planning & Environmental and Land Use & Zoning Law
Insolvency & Reorganization Law
In other practice areas:
These latest results would not be possible without the relationships we share with our trusted clients. The work we do with them and their continued support is greatly appreciated by everyone at Lavan, and we look forward to working with clients old and new in the future.
Lavan is delighted to announce that respected legal directory Doyle’s Guide has once again ranked Lavan as a First Tier firm in Property & Real Estate Law.
Recognised by clients and peers for his industry-leading expertise, we are proud to announce that partner Peter Beekink has been ranked as a preeminent lawyer for Property & Real Estate Law in Western Australia, a title he has held since 2015, as well as being recognised as a leading lawyer for his work in Leasing Law.
We are also pleased to share that Tamara Heng and Tim Morgan have been recognised as leading Property & Real Estate lawyers, Rebekah O’Brien has been recognised as a leading Leasing lawyer and newly promoted partner Anka Burns has been recommended for her work in Property & Real Estate Law.
Congratulations also go to Emily Templeton-Knight who has been recognised as a Rising Star for Property & Real Estate Law in WA.
These recognitions for so many of our Property team members are testament not only to Lavan’s high-level expertise in this area of law, but also to our continued development of talented lawyers in the real estate market.
Lavan is delighted to announce that respected legal directory Doyle’s Guide has once again ranked Lavan as a First Tier firm in Planning and Environment Law.
Identified by clients and peers for their market-leading expertise, we are proud to announce that Paul McQueen and Craig Wallace have been ranked as preeminent lawyers in Western Australia and that Alex McGlue, recently promoted to special counsel in the team, has been recognised as a recommended lawyer.
A huge congratulations also goes to Isabella Mosole who has been recognised as a Rising Star for Planning and Environment Law in WA.
These recognitions are testament to Lavan’s market-leading expertise in this space and the complex work we undertake with our trusted clients.
Lavan is very pleased to welcome partner Bruno Di Girolami, special counsel Sharon Payn and associate Anna Lee to our Employment, Safety & Education team.
In a complex and heavily regulated employment landscape, Bruno, Sharon and Anna are skilled in advising on emergent workplace issues including flexible workforces, vaccination strategies, discrimination and sexual misconduct, complex employment and safety litigation and COVID-19 restrictions on global mobility and migration.
Bruno’s clients value his ability to consider complex issues and provide clear, timely and pragmatic advice. He is an exceptional trial lawyer and has been involved in some of Australia’s landmark employment and health and safety cases in various courts and tribunals.
Commenting on these appointments, managing partner Dean Hely said “We are excited to have Bruno join longstanding education and employment partner Ian Curlewis. Bruno is one of the best employment partners in Western Australia and Lavan’s clients will benefit from the leading edge solutions that Bruno, Sharon and Anna will provide.”
Lavan is very pleased to announce our January 2022 promotions and the appointment of a number of lateral recruits to senior positions within Lavan.
Effective from 1 January 2022, we are delighted to announce Anka Burns’ promotion to partner in Lavan’s rapidly expanding Property & Leasing team. Anka’s ability to provide pragmatic and commercial advice across all areas of property law, including for the most complicated and unusual property transactions, is of immense value to her loyal clients.
Commenting on the promotion, property partner Peter Beekink said “Anka has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to client service and legal excellence. She has been a steadfast source of advice and support to her clients as they respond to ever changing market opportunities and challenges.”
On their appointments as special counsel, we congratulate:
Shelley Gepp who joins our Reconstruction, Recovery & Insolvency team. Shelley has more than 15 years’ experience in restructuring, insolvency and recovery across a broad range of industries, including construction, mining and agriculture.
Alex McGlue in our Planning & Environment team. Alex is one of Western Australia’s leading advisers in Planning & Environment law. He is respected for his legal analysis, pragmatic approach and reflective counsel.
Garth Tinsley joins Lavan as Special Counsel, Pro Bono, in a newly created role dedicated to building a leading pro bono practice at Lavan. Garth’s expertise in pro bono and corporate social responsibility has been built through his extensive experience in both the corporate and community legal sectors.
In other promotions and appointments, we also congratulate:
Commenting on the appointments and promotions, managing partner Dean Hely said “We are very proud to announce these promotions and appointments. They are all high performing lawyers who are skilled at navigating legal situations, from the simple to the complex. They are dedicated to their clients and our firm and they are actively involved in pro bono and community focused initiatives."
Lavan is delighted to announce the addition of a number of talented litigators to our Litigation & Dispute Resolution team.
Millie, Kristy, Mihali and James are extremely talented litigators who share Lavan's dedication to client service and excellent legal advice.
We are also very pleased to have engaged Blackheart Consultants, bringing the services of Kevin Stewart back to Lavan. Kevin's flair for innovative solutions will deliver exceptional strategic value to our clients.
Lavan is proud to be a firm that values legal skills, commitment to clients, leadership and teamwork. I am confident that these appointments will add greatly to our continued growth.”
Lavan is pleased to announce that our Aged Care, Seniors Living and Disability partner Amber Crosthwaite has written her first column in a fortnightly series for Business News.
In this first edition Amber discusses the growing crisis in workforce in the aged care sector and reflects on a tendency towards short-termism.
Read Amber's full article on pg 55 in the link below (please note this is behind a paywall).