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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2011/11/16 - Kelly Hazell Quill, a boutique Melbourne commercial law firm, is pleased to announce three staff appointments for its Commercial and Commercial Litigation groups - KHQ.com.au.
Louise Braithwaite brings her expertise to the Commercial team as a Senior Lawyer, James Berman has joined the Commercial Litigation team and Claire Kowarsky is the firm’s new first year lawyer providing support firm-wide across the practice groups.
Louise Braithwaite has significant experience through her involvement in a multitude of matters including issues arising from marketing and advertising law and trade promotions, the vast range of general commercial matters affecting in-house teams, contract drafting, negotiation and advice and responding to regulators.
From her time as in-house counsel for two of Australia's best known retail organisations (Australia Post and Origin Energy) and as part of the corporate legal team of Victoria's largest government department, Louise has a solid understanding of and expertise in relation to the general commercial legal issues faced by in-house counsel as well as an ability to respond to a diverse range of specific issues.
Having gained exposure to in-house legal practice during his time at Siemens Australia, James Berman has attained dispute resolution experience across the entire spectrum of the Court hierarchies in Australia and New Zealand with a focus upon shareholder disputes, professional negligence claims and insolvency matters. James has also had direct involvement in a number of commercial mediations and arbitrations and has a strong focus on keeping clients out of court. In addition to his litigation practice, James has advised clients of all sizes on general commercial matters including contractual negotiations, capital raisings and licensing and regulation matters involving ASIC and the ACCC. James has recently bolstered his legal skill set with the completion of a Masters in Commercial Law at Monash University.
After starting with Kelly Hazell Quill as a Law Clerk in March 2011, Claire Kowarsky is the firm’s most recently admitted lawyer. In addition to her law degree (Honours), Claire holds a Bachelor of Business – Marketing (Dist) from RMIT and has previously worked in both client and agency roles including Marketing and Communications Manager, Events Manager and Account Manager. During her first year of post admission practice, Claire is enjoying gaining experience across a wide range of commercial law areas, commercial litigation and commercial property matters and using her marketing expertise to add further value to the firm.
Kelly Hazell Quill Director, Michael Hazell, welcomed these staff appointments saying: "These strategic appointments enhance KHQ’s provision of exceptionally responsive yet cost effective services to our valued clients. As well as their outstanding technical skills, our lawyers have extensive hands-on experience working within businesses – both operationally and as trusted advisors – and this is reflected in their vigorous commercial approach and commonsense attitude.”
Kelly Hazell Quill (khq.com.au) is a boutique commercial law firm established in Melbourne in 2006, providing practical, efficient and commercially-driven legal solutions to a wide variety of corporate clients. The firm practices in four groups under the leadership of five directors: David Kelly (Business and Commercial Law); Michael Hazell (Commercial Dispute Resolution); Justin Quill (Media Law); Greg Thomas (Business and Commercial Law) and David Krolikowski (Commercial Property).