Corrs Chambers Westgarth has continued its commitment to the development of its future legal talent and leaders, with the firm announcing 28 new promotions.

The announcement includes the promotion of six to Special Counsel and 22 promotions to Senior Associate.

Corrs’ new special counsel are:

  • Caroline Ryan - Intellectual Property, Technology and Competition, Melbourne
  • Colleen Martin - Litigation, Melbourne
  • David Starkoff - Construction, Sydney
  • Isaac Lin - Intellectual Property, Technology and Competition, Sydney
  • James Morley - Corporate Advisory, Melbourne
  • Lee Carroll– Arbitration and Construction, Melbourne

Corrs partner and CEO John W.H. Denton congratulated the senior lawyers on their appointments, “They are our next generation leaders and have already displayed exceptional commitment to our valued clients, colleagues and the firm. Their promotions elevate them to the next stage in their career and are an indication of the outstanding level of talent within the firm.”

All new appointments are effective from 1 January 2015.

Caroline Ryan - Intellectual Property, Technology and Competition, Melbourne

Caroline joined Corrs in 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology. Caroline is an experienced intellectual property litigator specialising in patent, trade marks, confidential information and consumer protection litigation, and is registered as a trade marks attorney. She has acted for a variety of Corrs’ key clients. Caroline is a member of the Trans-Tasman National Committee for the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand and is on the board of The Stella Prize for Australian women’s literature.

Colleen Martin - Litigation, Melbourne

Colleen joined Corrs in 2006. She has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and has significant experience in a wide range of general commercial, insurance and trade practices litigation, as well as inquiries and Royal Commissions. Colleen has acted for a number of Corrs’ key government and private sector clients. She is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Competition and Consumer Law Committee and has been a trusted advisor to the ACCC for almost 10 years.

David Starkoff - Construction, Sydney

David joined Corrs in 2002 as a graduate in the Brisbane office and moved to Sydney in 2012. He has honours degrees in Law and Computer Science and a University Medal from The University of Queensland (awarded for his computer science degree). He has significant experience in construction dispute resolution, competition and regulatory work.

Isaac Lin - Intellectual Property, Technology and Competition, Sydney

Isaac joined Corrs as a summer clerk in 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney and has specialist expertise in intellectual property and technology law, pharmaceutical and health regulation, major procurements and outsourcing, privacy regulation and consumer laws. Isaac acts for a variety of Corrs' key clients.

James Morley - Corporate Advisory, Melbourne

James Morley began his career at Corrs in 2003 and rejoined Corrs in 2012 after more than four years working in the corporate group at the London office of a major law firm. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Commerce and has extensive experience advising clients on complex Australian and cross-border mergers and acquisitions (including both regulated and private treaty M&A) and advising listed and unlisted companies on a broad range of matters, including demergers, joint ventures, ASX listing rules, commercial agreements, corporate governance, fundraisings and procurement.

Lee Carroll - Arbitration and Construction, Melbourne

Lee Carroll joined Corrs in 2014. She has previously held roles at law firms in Australia and the UK and was Associate to the Honourable Justice Kenneth Hayne AC of the High Court of Australia from 2005 to 2006. Lee holds a Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford University and a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and Arts from the University of Western Australia. Lee specialises in construction disputes, with a particular focus on issues arising out of arbitration, both international and domestic, and has acted for a variety of Corrs’ key clients.

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