HWL Ebsworth appoints a Board of Partners, finalising new leadership and governance structure

20 June 2024

HWL Ebsworth has announced that it has finalised its new leadership and governance structure with the appointment of a Board of Partners.

Following the tragic passing of Managing Partner Juan Martinez in March a review of the firm’s leadership structure was conducted. It was determined that a new governance framework should be established, including the formation of a Board of Partners.

To achieve representation of a broad range of backgrounds, varied experiences, and different skillsets it was resolved that the Board of Partners would consist of seven representatives and include: no more than two members per practice group; no more than two members from any office; and no more than four members of any gender.

Following the nomination process it was announced that the HWL Ebsworth partners elected to the Board of Partners will be:

A separate process occurred for the position of Chair of the Board in which Jamie Restas was elected.

The commencement of the operation of the new Board of Partners will occur on 1 July at which time Kris Hopkins and Russell Mailler will also assume the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Executive Partner, respectively.

In delivering the outcome the firms Interim Managing Partner Ross Williams commented “I cannot overstate the potential of the firm moving forward and I look forward to the firm’s new leadership and governance structure contributing to a successful future for us all.”

Chair elect Jamie Restas commented “I very much look forward to working with the new Board of Partners, Kris and Russell with a view to continuing the success and growth of the firm, noting that we will preserve the strengths in its management and operations.”


Note to Editors:

HWL Ebsworth is the largest legal partnership in Australia according to the most recent partnership surveys published by the Australian Financial Review.

The firm comprises 1696, staff including 278 Partners, 1045 other legal staff and 373 support staff across offices in nine locations – Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Hobart, Norwest (North West Sydney), Perth and Sydney.

HWL Ebsworth is an independent, nationally integrated, full service commercial law firm, providing tailored and commercially oriented legal services.

HWL Ebsworth operates a different business model to the other leading national law practices, and this allows us to offer unrivalled value for money without compromising quality and service. Our low ratio of solicitors to partners ensures that our clients receive optimal access to partner resources for all matters.

For further information, please contact:

Russell Mailler, Chief Strategy Officer (03) 8644 3569 or rmailler@hwle.com.au

Angelique Kear, Head of Marketing (02) 9334 8541 or akear@hwle.com.au

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