Insights / May 10th, 2022

Media Release - Cowell Clarke Expands in Sydney with New Corporate and Commercial Team

Adelaide-headquartered commercial law firm Cowell Clarke is expanding rapidly in New South Wales, recruiting an experienced corporate and commercial team to its Sydney office.

The firm has made eight new appointments, including four Directors, signalling its ambitious growth intentions in Sydney’s legal services sector.

The team of eight corporate and commercial lawyers joins Cowell Clarke from the legal practice, Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors (ABLA), a subsidiary of Business NSW.

Former Managing Director of Corporate & Commercial at ABLA, Iain Rennie, will lead Cowell Clarke’s Sydney office.

Joining Cowell Clarke’s Sydney-based team will be:

  • Iain Rennie - Director and Head of Office

  • Julian Courtney-Stubbs - Director

  • Hayden Fox - Director

  • Jane Wolfe - Director

  • Warwick La Hood - Consultant

  • Louise Blair - Senior Associate

  • Lauren Kaplan - Senior Associate

  • Jack Shepherd - Associate

 Cowell Clarke began operating in Sydney in 2017, primarily to widen its legal services offering to its financial services industry clients.

Managing Director, Rob Comazzetto said the firm’s strategy is to grow its capabilities in NSW and expand its core offerings across property, corporate and commercial, and dispute resolution legal services.

“Our client base in the Eastern states has grown over the years and we see strong growth opportunities for our firm within this market,” Mr Comazzetto said.

“The timing is right to build our capabilities in line with our strategy.”

Mr Comazzetto said the experienced corporate and commercial team joins Cowell Clarke with an outstanding reputation, having been namedCommercial Team of the Year in the 2020 Australian Law Awards.

“This team has a deep appreciation and understanding of the business sector and a strong track record in working with clients to maximise opportunities and manage risk,” he said

“Under Iain’s leadership, I’m confident we can continue to build our local presence.”

Mr Comazzetto said the team’s expertise in a range of areas including IP, media, technology, property and dispute resolution would assist Cowell Clarke’s delivery of holistic services to its clients within the Sydney market.

“We have an established financial services group based in Sydney and have been providing legal services to Sydney-based clients since our firm was established 33 years ago in Adelaide,” he said.

“The new team will enable us to build on our corporate and commercial offering of high-level legal services to large businesses and SMEs across industry sectors.

“This significant expansion is also in line with our strategy to capitalise on the success of Cowell Clarke’s digital solution offerings and full commercial law services. “

Mr Rennie said he was attracted to the values of Cowell Clarke and the innovative spirit with which the firm has progressed with technology adoption and solutions for its clients.

“This is a dynamic and progressive firm and one in which our team will thrive,” Mr Rennie said.

 With these appointments, Cowell Clarke now has 120 lawyers and staff operating across offices in Adelaide and Sydney.

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