Big Law Australian Law Firms Appoint First Senior Females To Leadership Roles

Big Law Australian Law Firms Appoint First Senior Females To Leadership Roles 2

Following the recent report that women were slipping behind in the senior law stakes in Australia law firms, two major Big Law firms have announced female leaders.

Clayton Utz has appointed Emma Covacevich as Chief Executive partner, the first in the firm’s history.

Board Chair Karen O’Flynn said Emma was well placed to lead our firm through its next stage of growth. “Emma has grown up with Clayton Utz and understands intimately what it takes to build a successful practice, as well as a successful business. She has demonstrated a keen strategic understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing our clients, and the leadership capabilities that will be required to respond to these.”

And Baker McKenzie has appointed the first female national managing partner in a statement last week.

Baker McKenzie has appointed an attorney with nearly three decades of experience with the firm as its first female national managing partner in Sydney, Australia, the firm announced in a statement Friday.

Anne-Marie Allgrove has 28 years of firm experience in a number of leadership roles, and on July 1, 2023 she takes over as national managing partner.

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