MinterEllison’s Australian offices continue to shed partners with five key finance partners departing and with special counsel Caitlin Chiu and long-serving partner John Mosley heading to Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
The moves follow the mass departures in February when three partners left for Corrs as it continues its expansion.
An earlier departure was big name M&A partner Michael Gajic who left the firm in April to join Squire Patton Boggs.
The problems for MinterEllison were highlighted earlier in the year when former CEO Annette Kimmitt was forced out of the firm after her now infamous email said that defamation partner Peter Bartlett had been advising former Attorney-General Christian Porter in regard to historic rape allegations had “triggered hurt” for her – and the matter had not gone through the firm’s approval processes.
Corrs was ranked No.2 for the total value of announced M&A deals in Australia and New Zealand last year, according to Bloomberg’s league tables.
CEO Gavin McLaren has just been reappointed by the firm having overseen the aggressive growth of Corrs where it has cemented its position in a number of key areas, including client attraction.