Young guns rewarded for being best and brightest

Young guns rewarded for being best and brightest

Young guns rewarded for being best and brightest

2 July 2012

Young guns are leading the charge at independent Australian law firm, McCullough Robertson, with two new partners aged 30 and under among this year’s senior appointments.

McCullough Robertson’s Managing Partner, Guy Humble said the firm’s focus on talent and ability are qualities that can shine through at any age.

‘We have always recognised and rewarded talent, commitment and determination, and we understand that this does not go hand-in-hand with someone’s age,' Mr Humble said.

'Both Oliver Talbot (30), who will be driving our corporate practice in Sydney and Isaac West (29), who specialises in mergers and acquisitions and capital raisings, came to the firm as graduates.'

'This takes our graduate-to-partner count to 15 out of 50 partners.  Our focus is very much on careers at McCullough Robertson, not just jobs.'

Guy Humble said over a third of the promotions had been made within the firm’s new Sydney and Newcastle offices, demonstrating the firm’s continued growth in NSW.

Oliver Talbot said his relocation to the Sydney office was an indication of the firm’s continued expansion and commitment to NSW.

'I believe there are great opportunities for a proudly independent team in the Sydney marketplace.

There are few firms who provide the opportunity to grow and develop alongside them.  There are even fewer who provide the same opportunities to advance your career so quickly. This is an exciting time to be part of McCullough Robertson.'

In a recent survey by the Australian Financial Review, there were only five new partners from the 199 appointed since January across the 38 surveyed firms who were 30 years old or younger and McCullough Robertson has appointed two of those.

It’s an impressive record for the firm and testament to the firm’s faith in its young talent, according to twenty-nine year old partner appointee, Isaac West.

'Being promoted on merit rather than age is part of the culture of McCullough Robertson,' Mr West said.

'Since my entry to the firm as a graduate, I’ve been given the opportunity to work directly with clients and corporate leaders, and real opportunities to prove myself.  I’ve never felt like an anonymous cog in a big wheel.'

The two are amongst the latest crop of ‘young guns’ promoted to senior positions within in the firm. 

Further senior appointments at McCullough Robertson are:


  • Tim Sayer (Private Equity)
  • Peter Stokes (Dispute Resolution)

Special Counsel

  • Tim Case (Dispute Resolution)

Senior Associates

  • Kate Addinall (Resources – Regulatory Approvals, Newcastle)
  • Visnja Cavanagh (Dispute Resolution)
  • Danielle Le Breton (Resources - Regulatory Approvals, Sydney)
  • Tara Lucke (Business Structuring)
  • Laura Rodger (Projects and Infrastructure, Newcastle)
  • Ben Yeoh (Projects and Infrastructure).

Further information

For more information contact: Kristie Fankhauser on +61 7 3233 8876 or Kate Bartlett on +61 7 3233 8632

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