Carter Newell elevates four lawyers and
expands its Corporate team

Carter Newell is pleased to announce the elevation of four of our lawyers effective from 1 October 2023 and the new appointment of a Corporate Special Counsel.

“We’ve always had a philosophy of promoting our own, and some of the lawyers we’ve elevated have been with Carter Newell since the beginning of their careers,” Managing Partner, Paul Hopkins said.

“Congratulations to Stephanie Levesque, Abraham Hopkins, Grace Hailstones and Molly Shelton on your elevations.”

“I’m also pleased to welcome Peter Motti to our Corporate team.”

Special Counsel elevation

Carter Newell elevates four lawyers and expands its Corporate team

Being elevated to Special Counsel is Stephanie Levesque (Insurance – Brisbane). Stephanie Levesque is a part of the Property and Injury Liability team after joining Carter Newell as a Law Graduate. Her experience includes acting in personal injuries claims under the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2002 (Qld) and common law. She’s experienced in recovery claims resulting from property damage and litigated property damage claims. Stephanie has also advised insurers and corporate insureds on indemnity and liability issues. 

Associate elevation

Carter Newell elevates four lawyers and expands its Corporate team

Being elevated to Associate are Abraham Hopkins (Construction & Engineering – Brisbane), Grace Hailstones (Insurance – Melbourne), and Molly Shelton (Energy & Resources and Planning & Environment – Brisbane).

Abraham Hopkins is a part of Carter Newell’s Construction & Engineering team in Brisbane, practicing predominantly in dispute resolution. Abraham has acted for principals, contractors, and consultants on a wide range of matters arising on civil, building, mechanical, electrical and mining projects across Australia.  He’s also advised underwriters based within Australia and internationally on various types of claims across the construction and engineering industry, involving defective design or workmanship and professional liability.  This has included advising on policy interpretation and indemnity, liability, quantum, and acting for insurers as defence counsel and in subrogated recovery actions.

Grace Hailstones is member of Carter Newell’s Insurance team in Melbourne. Having previously acted for plaintiffs in personal injuries claims, she now works across the firm’s Financial Lines and Property and Injury Liability insurance streams in conducting the defence of claims under professional indemnity and public and product liability policies. Grace acts for Australian and international insurer clients, business owners, and professions and organisations including allied health professionals, property managers, accountants and architects.

Molly Shelton across the Energy & Resources and Planning & Environment teams. Molly’s expertise lies in advising on the sale, acquisition and development of mining and petroleum projects, the impact of various petroleum and mining regulatory regimes, environmental and project approvals, planning approvals and appeals, land access and compensation arrangements, make good agreements for water bores in Queensland and cultural heritage and native title requirements across Australia.

New appointment

Carter Newell elevates four lawyers and expands its Corporate team

Peter Motti has joined the firm’s Corporate team as a Special Counsel. Peter has extensive experience advising clients, both nationally and internationally, on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings, employee share schemes, commercial contracts, and general commercial matters within a broad range of industry sectors including agriculture, technology, engineering and infrastructure, government, real estate, and communications.  He has a special interest in capital raisings having advised multiple clients in the early-stage tech industry and agribusiness industry.