McCullough Robertson announces new partner to join its successful private client practice
30 April 2014
The continuing importance to Australia’s large independent corporate law firms of retaining a strong private client practice has been reaffirmed with the appointment of John Ioannou at McCullough Robertson.
John is an experienced practitioner with a focus on providing business structuring, taxation, estate planning and asset protection advice to privately owned businesses, families and high net worth individuals.
'I am delighted to be joining McCullough Robertson and look forward to being part of the firm’s continuing focus on private clients, and to working with my fellow partners and specialist lawyers to extend the scope of our private client practice in our traditional heartland of Queensland and also in New South Wales,' Mr Ioannou said.
McCullough Robertson’s goal when it comes to its private clients is to be outcomes focused, work efficiently and provide price certainty. It is one of the few larger commercial law firms to retain a thriving private client practice, which complements and draws on its capabilities in other key areas of law, particularly business structuring, estate planning and tax.
Much of John’s work will involve collaborative planning and implementation with accountants, financial advisers and risk advisers, as well as suburban and regional lawyers, to achieve client objectives.
John’s appointment means that McCullough Robertson now has six tax specialist partners servicing clients from its Brisbane and Sydney offices.
Managing Partner Guy Humble said John’s appointment would add to the firm’s already extensive private client offering in Queensland and New South Wales.
'We boast one of the largest tax law teams in Australia. John’s appointment reflects our commitment to the continuing growth of both the tax and private client practice areas within our firm,' Mr Humble said.
'We are experiencing increasing demand for high quality structuring and tax advice from our clients across virtually all of our industry groups.
'Unlike many law firms, much of our tax work is referred directly from accounting firms that require expert legal support, in addition to supporting our other practice teams, and therefore John’s relationships with accounting firms and financial advisors will be greatly valued.
'John’s focus on private clients and small to medium businesses is coupled with his passion and enthusiasm, and with an ability to quickly analyse client situations to develop practical and tailored solutions to achieve client goals.
'I know that McCullough Robertson’s clients will appreciate John’s professional and approachable manner, his dedication to his areas of interest and his application of that dedication to their circumstances.'
John is a Queensland State Councillor of The Tax Institute and is currently the State Chair of the Tax Institute’s Queensland Education Committee.
For more information contact: Kristie Fankhauser, Director Business Development and Marketing on +61 7 3233 8876.
About McCullough Robertson
McCullough Robertson is a leading Australian independent law firm with industry experts combining legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and foresight. The firm provides innovative, relevant and commercial legal solutions to major corporate, government and high net worth individuals across Australia and internationally. Established in 1926, the firm’s major focus areas are the resources (mining and energy), food and agribusiness, technology, telecommunications, health and life sciences (pharmaceuticals), real estate and financial services sectors.