Steedman Stagg Lawyers, Kennedy Vinciullo and Gaffney & Palermo Lawyers are new names in Perth’s legal fraternity while a fourth, Mason Ledger, has been radically restructured.
Their boutique firm specialises in dispute resolution and commercial law with a particular focus on media and defamation.
They have been joined by senior associate Jasmine Sims, who specialises in media and defamation matters.
“The focus at Steedman Stagg Lawyers is to deliver the quality advice of a big law firm but with the efficiency, flexibility and creativity much-needed by clients in the current market,” Mr Stagg said.
They have a flexible business model, under which they will work directly for their own clients as well as consulting to Blackwall Legal.
Blackwall’s managing partner and founder Chris Pearce said this was a win-win.
“It works well for us as we can strengthen our team and we have plenty of work to feed through to them, and it’s great for Marisa and Sarah as they have the flexibility to work directly for others as well,” he said.
“It allows Will to continue some existing consulting work that we weren’t able to bring into Blackwall when Will left the Jackson McDonald partnership mid last year,” he said.
“As a broader comment on the idea, it’s a great model for the modern gig economy, where people are able to retain their own flexibility and freedom, and we are able to build a strong team that can provide a proper full service offering to our client base.”
The link with Gaffney & Palermo is one of several moves at Blackwall, which has grown to have 17 people.
The firm has also recruited Jeff Malone, who had been a special counsel at Lavan.
The two founders recently were partners at Mason Ledger.
Their departure from Mason Ledger adds to multiple exits from that firm, which appears to have just a handful of remaining legal staff.
Business News has also confirmed the departure of multiple junior staff, many of whom were shown the door last month.
His profile states that he took a year off “to recharge the batteries and reconnect with my passion for legal recruitment“.
It makes no mention of him being executive chairman of Mason Ledger, nor his stated aspiration (from one years ago) to leverage “his knowledge and networks to build one of the leading law firms in Australia”.
“Our recruitment and on-demand legal services (Legal Talent) continue to be a big part of the business, and our legal practice now focuses on corporate and commercial, aviation, ports, transport and logistics,” he said.
“My co-founder Rebecca Johnston and I have been involved in helping to establish several businesses over the years and establishing a large new business, especially mid-COVID, was a real challenge.
“It is however something that we have both given our all to and we have been fortunate to work with some outstanding legal professionals along the way.
“Mason Ledger continues to offer specialist legal services and quality legal recruitment and we wish those colleagues who are now embarking on their own businesses all the very best.”