Wotton + Kearney has promoted Murray Grant as special counsel.
The appointment of the wellington-based expert is part of a seven-strong, trans-Tasman senior promotions round, which includes a new partner in Melbourne.
Grant specialises in disputes related to employment, including issues of discrimination and whistleblowing both in New Zealand and the UK. He has extensive experience in mediations, and proceedings in courts and tribunals. He moved in 2017 to New Zealand from the UK, where he practised as a civil litigation barrister in England and Wales.
The firm’s other newly promoted senior lawyers are partner Hope Saloustros in Melbourne; special counsel Angela Winkler and Samantha Butt in Sydney; Mylinh L’Estrange in Melbourne; and senior associates Adam Batiste and Amanda de Souza in Sydney.
“These promotions reflect Wotton + Kearney’s on-going commitment to recognising and developing rising stars in our talented team, as well as providing our clients with senior lawyers with the right attitude and specialist expertise needed to deliver quality outcomes across key insurance product lines. As a firm that values diversity and inclusion, it’s also pleasing to see that five of our seven latest senior promotions are women,” said David Kearney, Wotton + Kearney executive chairman.
Kearney said that all of the new senior lawyers deserve their promotions.
“They each display the characteristics, technical expertise and leadership skills we value as a firm and play a part in making Wotton + Kearney a great place to work as shown by our recent recognition as an Employer of Choice law firm in Australia,” he said.
Wotton + Kearney is an Australasian Lawyer Employer of Choice 2019 firm.