Jurisdiction - Australia
Australia – KWM Tax And Employment Partners Join Baker & McKenzie.

5 July, 2013


Baker & McKenzie announces the appointment of partners Ellen Thomas and Sean Selleck effective 15 and 16 July respectively. They both join the Firm from King & Wood Mallesons.
Sydney-based Thomas specialises in general corporate, property and banking tax advice across a range of sectors including mining and financial services. She has acted for Westpac on its issue of Westpac Subordinated Notes and worked on a range of infrastructure projects including the M7 Motorway and the privatisation of the Sydney desalination plant. She joins a tax team of more than
800 lawyers globally.
Melbourne-based Selleck advises on employment issues and disputes and industrial strategies and disputes. He has a special interest in non-standard labour practices such as labour hire, outsourcing, casual employment and independent contractors. On his appointment he said he was “thrilled to join
one of the world’s best labour law practices” with 24 lawyers in Australia and more than 500 worldwide.
The two appointments follow Baker & McKenzie’s promotions of four new partners – Sebastian Busa (Real Estate); Jennifer Hughes (Environmental Markets); Kate Jefferson (Corporate/M&A) and Anne Petterd (Information Technology and Communications) – and the election of lateral partner and Life Sciences specialist, Amanda Turnill.
“Ellen and Sean will add a new dimension to our existing tax and employment teams, and the advice we provide our clients. On behalf of the Firm, I would like to welcome them to Baker & McKenzie. It’s an exciting time to join one of the world’s largest law firms,” said Baker & McKenzie National managing Partner Chris Freeland.
Freeland added that the Firm’s recent appointments have increased Baker & McKenzie’s female partner numbers by 3%. 
“I am really pleased to see more of our female lawyers being promoted as leaders of the Firm. Whilst I acknowledge that we still have work to do in this area, these female promotions reflect well on our Firm’s focus on this important issue which will continue to remain front and centre.”



For further information, please contact:


Annelise Cleary, Baker & McKenzie
[email protected]


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