Staff promoted in milestone year

In a milestone year, national law firm Barry Nilsson has promoted seven staff in Brisbane for 2024.

The firm celebrated its 60th anniversary this year with 13 internal promotions announced this week including three to Special Counsel, three to Senior Associate and one to Associate in Queensland.

Barry Nilsson Chief Executive Officer Graeme Walsh said 2023 had been a milestone year for the firm.

“We used this year as a marker in our firm’s history to reflect on our growth, the changing needs of our valued clients, and the increasingly complex economic, technological and social environment in which we operate, to set a clear plan for the next three years supported by a refreshed corporate brand,’’ he said.

“We didn’t waste time enacting our 2025 strategic growth goals, bringing on board two well-respected Insurance and Health law teams from Norton Rose Fulbright in Sydney and Sparke Helmore in Adelaide earlier this year.

“We also moved our founding Brisbane law practice, which had been operating from the same building in the CBD for more than 20 years, to larger premises with a contemporary fit out to accommodate our growing workforce.’’


This year the firm also achieved another key strategic goal, exceeding the annual National Pro Bono Target of 35 hours of pro bono work per lawyer. The firm recorded almost 42 hours per lawyer.

Barry Nilsson Board Chairman and National Insurance and Health Lead Principal Rhett Kennedy congratulated the successful appointees on their elevation to more senior positions within the firm’s Insurance and Health and Family Law Practices in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

“These are well-deserved promotions that reflect the high calibre of legal talent within our firm and our corporate commitment to workplace inclusivity and diversity,” he said.

“These promotions, and the 38 in January and July this year, support our firm’s 2025 strategic goals – which are to grow Barry Nilsson’s recognised expertise in Insurance & Health and Family Law, and to nurture our internal talent pipeline through career development and advancement.’’

The appointments are:

Special Counsel

Lee Lenkinski – Insurance

Natalee Barr – Insurance

Nicole Henkey – Insurance


Senior Associate

Alana Pointon – Family

Sam Bowers – Insurance

Shakira Forghani – Insurance


Ali Tedder – Insurance

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