Wotton + Kearney expands Adelaide team with new partners

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Wotton + Kearney expands Adelaide team with new partners

Specialist insurance law firm Wotton + Kearney (W + K) has expanded its Adelaide team by establishing a new office and welcoming two partners and four other team members.

Wotton + Kearney's new partners for Adelaide office

Cheryl Phillips (pictured, left) has a broad insurance law experience, with expertise in large personal injury claims, complex liability claims, and dust disease litigation. She also advises on life insurance and motor vehicle accident claims. She joined W + K from MinterElllison.

Bill Conor (pictured, right) specialises in financial lines matters, including general professional indemnity (PI) matters, and construction PI and directors and officers (D&O) claims. He also advises on property damage and business interruption (BI) matters and defamation claims. He joined W + K from Barry.Nilsson.

Wotton + Kearney Adelaide's new team members

Joining Phillips and Conor are:

  • Trudi-Ann Mercurio (Special Counsel);
  • Eveline Rygorowicz (Senior Associate);
  • Georgina Irving (Solicitor); and
  • Louise Labrosciano (Practice Administrator).

W + K chief executive partner David Kearney said: “We're delighted to welcome Cheryl and Bill and their team to the firm. Their combined expertise, together with that of our existing Adelaide team – Matthew Elson, Lani Carter, and Nicholas Salagaras – will provide a fantastic legal solution for our insurance sector clients doing business locally in Adelaide and across the country.”

The appointments follow the entrance of a seasoned defamation lawyer to W + K Melbourne and 29 promotions across Australia and New Zealand.

Wotton + Kearney opens new office

W + K will move to new premises at 25 Grenfell Street on January 27, 2023, to accommodate its rapidly growing Adelaide team.

The insurance law firm now has 71 partners and over 360 dedicated insurance lawyers across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Wellington, and Auckland. It also has an active presence in the London and Singapore markets and provides broader international coverage through its founding membership of Legalign Global, the largest global alliance of law firms focused on the insurance market.