Freehills Lawyers Set Up Their Own Shop

LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – Three Freehilss lawyers have resigned from the firm to help launch a new Melbourne-based firm on 1 October this year, Lawyers Weekly reports.

The three lawyers, two still in their first years of practice, have opted to leave the large law firm environment for the chance to be involved in the start-up firm, Clarendon Lawyers.

Hillal Nagel resigned as senior associate from Freehills last week for the promised shared directorship of the new firm. He said he is excited about working with experienced people in a more flexible environment.

“For me, Clarendon Lawyers presents an opportunity to work with energetic, experienced directors – who all have backgrounds with top-tier firms – in a more flexible working environment,” he said.

The new job title was also appealing, he said. “I am also looking forward to being part of the growth of the start-up, and having the opportunity to have more autonomy so that I can drive and nurture client relationships.”

Nagel will join the firm as a director. The firm claims to already be working for a number of the ASX top 200.

Erin O’Connor, a first-year solicitor who resigned from Freehills last month, said the opportunity to work in a more intimate and transparent environment is a large part of what prompted her move.

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