Australia: Norton Rose Fulbright in Australia promotes 37 accomplished senior lawyers
Last Updated: 4 July 2016

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright today announces the elevation of 20 special counsel and 17 senior associates, in a reflection of the deep and diverse pool of talent across Australia and Indonesia. From the total of 37 appointments, 31 or 83.8 per cent are female.

The promotions are in the antitrust and competition; banking and finance; corporate, M&A and securities; dispute resolution and litigation; employment and labour; intellectual property; real estate; knowledge; and corporate social responsibility teams in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and our associate office in Jakarta, TNB & Partners. Fifteen of the 17 new senior associates are women, as are 16 of the 20 new special counsel.

Norton Rose Fulbright managing partner in Australia Wayne Spanner commented:

"We are fortunate as a business to have such talented individuals to promote across all our Australian offices, as well as in Indonesia. My partners and I have been proud to have watched these new senior associates and special counsel develop their careers. It is especially rewarding to see so many strong female candidates come through the ranks, which is also a testament to our career development, mentoring and diversity and inclusion initiatives.

"Our new senior lawyers give me every confidence that our business and the work of our clients is in good hands at this crucial time for the development of the legal profession."

Effective from July 1, this year's promotions, listed by practice area, are:

Antitrust and competition

  • Charlotte van Beek, Senior Associate (Sydney)

Banking and finance

  • Adele Gray, Special Counsel (Melbourne)
  • Shelley Merenda, Special Counsel (Perth)
  • Melanie Hunter, Special Counsel (Sydney)
  • Jenida Satem, Senior Associate (Sydney)
  • Olivia Newman, Senior Associate (Sydney)

Corporate, M&A and securities

  • Ka-Chi Cheung, Special Counsel (Melbourne)
  • Chris Mitchell, Special Counsel (Melbourne)
  • Viet Nguyen, Senior Associate (Melbourne)
  • Fleur Shaw-Jones, Senior Associate (Melbourne)
  • Fridoun Chee, Senior Associate (Jakarta)
  • Michelle Asimus, Special Counsel (Sydney)
  • Anita Choi, Special Counsel (Sydney)
  • Abby Mu, Senior Associate (Sydney)

Dispute resolution and litigation

  • Juliette King, Senior Associate (Brisbane)
  • Natalie Aprea, Special Counsel (Sydney)
  • Danielle Strain, Senior Associate (Melbourne)
  • George Varma, Special Counsel (Perth)
  • Simone Alphonse, Special Counsel (Sydney)
  • Alexandra Guild, Special Counsel (Melbourne)
  • Mairead Cusack, Senior Associate (Sydney)
  • Amanda Elias, Senior Associate (Sydney)

Employment & labour

  • Nicki Milionis, Special Counsel (Melbourne)
  • Jodie Kessler, Senior Associate (Sydney)
  • Beth Kitchener, Special Counsel (Sydney)
  • Alexandra Shields, Special Counsel (Sydney)

Intellectual property

  • Lai Lynn Choong, Senior Associate (Sydney)

Real estate

  • Julie Brown, Special Counsel (Brisbane)
  • Sarah McMahon, Senior Associate (Brisbane)
  • Guy Albeck, Special Counsel (Melbourne)
  • Rebecca Hall, Special Counsel (Melbourne)


  • Sandra Pepper, Special Counsel (Brisbane)
  • Kylie Lightman, Senior Associate (Melbourne)
  • Nilofar Zimmerman, Senior Associate (Sydney)
  • Rebecca Smith, Special Counsel (Sydney)

Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Leanne Collingburn, Special Counsel (Brisbane)
  • Gemma Livingston, Senior Associate (Sydney)

Norton Rose Fulbright's non-Australian "of counsel" promotions for 2016 can be found here.

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