Former Clayton Utz partners Peter Keel and Norman Lucas have joined Maddocks as commercial disputes partners.
Keel, who specialises in financial services dispute resolution, said he is pleased to join a firm where the focus is quickly resolving, not escalating, conflicts. “The past few years have seen a significant shift in the legal landscape, requiring a new approach to dispute resolution,” Keel said. “Clients rightly expect their lawyers, particularly partners, to take more of a 'whole-of-business' approach, to deal with them personally and to provide them with value for money. This type of approach is inherent to the way Maddocks operates, making it well positioned to respond to these changing demands."
Lucas also has extensive dispute resolution experience and provides advice on reputation management and social media risk management having co-authored with Keel a guide to legal risk management called 'Reputation Matters'.
“The experience and skills these leading commercial disputes lawyers bring to the firm and our clients is invaluable,” said Maddocks' CEO David Rennick. “Senior lawyers are increasingly looking to find firms where they can take the time to fully understand their clients and their issues. Keel and Lucas have almost 45-years' combined experience in complex commercial litigation, fraud-related litigation and dispute resolution for corporate and government clients. Their clients have included CBA, Sydney Water, Roads & Maritime Services, Lehman Brothers, Brookfield and Dell Computers.
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