Carter Newell welcomes back senior employees

Carter Newell Lawyers is pleased to announce Caren Klavsen, Special Counsel and Michael Elliott, Senior Associate have returned to the firm.

An experienced corporate and commercial lawyer, Caren returns to the firm after spending a number of years in the corporate practice of a national firm and, most recently, from working in-house for a major energy company. Caren’s experience during this time has included significant project and transactional matters and providing operational and commercial advice in respect of a multi-billion dollar joint venture interest.

Michael returns from a leave of absence to our Construction & Engineering team as a Senior Associate. For the past 15 months Michael has worked in-house for Bechtel in Oman and assisted Bechtel in its delivery of the multi-billion dollar Muscat International Airport. This experience will see him work closely the firm’s construction and engineering clients, many of whom have international interests.

Recognising Michael’s experience, he has returned to the firm in the elevated role of Senior Associate.

Managing Partner Paul Hopkins said, “This is a real growth period for the firm."

"During the past 12 months the firm recruited Julie Bowker, Special Counsel in the Sydney office. Julie is an experienced insurance lawyer with significant class action experience. In the Brisbane office we have recruited property specialist, Nicola Young Berryman as a senior associate. Nicola’s specialist experience extends to major acquisitions and disposals, complex developments and large-scale leasing. We have also recruited another insurance specialist, Elise Turnbull as a senior associate, with extensive experience in insurance litigation with a specialised focus on professional indemnity claims. Seven lawyers have returned from maternity leave or leave of absence and a further four associates and four solicitors joined the firm across our offices in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne."

"We are recruiting top level lawyers to join our team and our clients receive the benefits. Having recently been appointed on some major construction losses and class actions, the return of key staff together with these appointments provides great opportunity for the firm and our clients", Mr Hopkins said.