Global insurance and litigation law firm Kennedys has promoted six new partners in Australia, a significant share of the record round of 22 partner promotions worldwide that take effect from 1 May 2022. This is the largest round of internal promotions since Kennedys opened the first Australian office in 2006.
The new partners in Australia are:
- Stephanie Cook - Insurance
- Peter Craney - Insurance
- Llinos Kent - Insurance
- Maya Parbhoo - Healthcare
- Nicholas Blackmore - Cyber and Data Privacy
- Persephone Forster - Employment
Australia is a growth market for Kennedys, and the firm has invested significantly in its Australian team in the last five years, opening new offices in Perth and Victoria, and tripling headcount including doubling the number of partners in that time. Importantly, women now make up just over half (52%) of the 21-strong partnership, placing it among the leading firms in achieving gender balance in senior ranks.
“The diversity of our leadership team is reflected in our growth trajectory and has contributed to our success in attracting and retaining talent. Young professionals want to work with people they can learn from and emulate. We have an impressive group of partners supporting our clients and our up and coming lawyers,” Matt Andrews, Managing Partner of Kennedys in Australia, said.
Half of the new partners promoted specialise in Kennedys core expertise, insurance law, which is a growing area of demand with clients.
“Our global network has been invaluable to Australian clients looking for resources and insight into how the global insurance sector is evolving,” Mr Andrews said.
“There are a number of issues facing insurance clients at the moment – for example, the rise of cyber-crime and ransomware attacks, the impact of geopolitical tensions and sanctions on the cost of business and trade, and natural disasters,” he said.
“Healthcare, employment and cyber and data privacy are also areas of demand as clients continue to grapple with the implications of the pandemic and new working arrangements now and into the future.
“We partner with our clients to understand the complexity of the global insurance market and what this means in the Australian context and our reputation for proving quality counsel has grown steadily,” he concluded.
In announcing the global promotions Kennedys LLP senior partner Nick Thomas said “Our people are integral to our success and that’s why we place such emphasis on investing in and nurturing our talent, providing clear career progression, and a comfortable, inclusive working environment where they can thrive.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have such a dedicated and diverse workforce, which not only enables us to be where our clients need us most but has allowed us to continue growing even during a challenging couple of years,” Nick Thomas said.