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Career Moves: Maurice Blackburn

Two Queensland lawyers will be promoted to Principal Lawyers next year as part of the latest round of legal promotions at leading national plaintiff law firm Maurice Blackburn.


Jarrah Ekstein

Jarrah Ekstein from the firm’s Brisbane class actions practice and Patrick Turner from the Brisbane employment and industrial law team will become Principal Lawyers in 2024.

Patrick Turner

The other promotions include two Special Counsels, 10 Senior Associates and 10 Associates. Twenty-four lawyers across the firm will be promoted, including 10 in Queensland, 10 in Victoria and four in Sydney.

The promotions also represent many of the firm’s practice areas including road and work injuries, public liability, superannuation and insurance, medical negligence, class actions, litigation funding, and employment and industrial.

Chief Executive Officer Jacob Varghese congratulated all the lawyers on their achievements.

“Each promotion is well earned, with successful applicants reflecting our Maurice Blackburn values and our shared commitment to provide access to justice for our clients,” he said.

“All of these promotions reflect consistent work, growing technical expertise and developing leadership qualities. I want to congratulate every colleague who has been recognised in this round of promotions.”

Promoted to Associate: Codie Clarke, Emma O’Bree, Fortis Josephides, Ken Osborne, Kyara Catheray, Kyle Peart-Corr, Matthew Graham-Freeman, Matthew Wicks, Michael Stojanovski and Suzy Bec.

Promoted to Senior Associate: Alistair Lord, Charles Gibbs, Jenna Amos, Jilnar Zeina, Jordan Mathas-Carleton, Josh Hunt, Laura Hadfield, Luke Atkins, Simon Gibbs and Simone Ellis.

Promoted to Special Counsel: Kerry Palmer and Tom Willcox.

We help firms and their teams celebrate promotions and new appointments. Please email details of any lawyer promotions or appointments to proctor@qls.com.au. Ensure you include some details of their areas of expertise and achievements, along with a quality head-and-shoulders image.

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