A major raid on a major Australian firm has seen nine lawyers, including three partners, move laterally.

Minter Ellison has rocked the Adelaide office of Phillips Fox by poaching almost 25 per cent of its lawyers

The team leaving includes three partners, a consultant and five other fee-earners. In the litigation department Minters will take on partner Adam Bannister and three other fee-earners. Partner Marcus La Vincente, consultant David Lindh and an associate will join the general commercial department.

The insurance department will also benefit from the bulk hire, with the appointment of partner Grant Mitchell and one further fee-earner.

The hire takes the number of partners in Minters’ Adelaide office to 31, making it the largest in the city. In the past year and a half, the firm has recruited a further 36 lawyers.

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