Piper Alderman announces 21 new promotions


Piper Alderman is delighted to announce 21 new promotions across the firm, including two new special counsel, with effect from 1 July 2020.

Our two newly appointed special counsel located in our Sydney office are Elaine Cheung in Financial Services & FinTech and Beau Weigand in Dispute Resolution & Litigation.

Elaine joined Piper Alderman in 2016 and has extensive experience advising and acting for banking and financial services clients in a variety of areas.

Beau joined the firm in December 2017 and has over 10 years’ experience in insolvency, litigation and commercial dispute resolution.

Managing Partner, Tony Britten-Jones commented:

“Piper Alderman has continued to deliver legal services of the highest quality, despite the challenges of the times. We are hopeful that the COVID-19 situation will continue to improve and with that improvement, business and social confidence will also improve.  We have shown we have the ability to change with little notice, adapt to different work, continue to service clients and attract new ones. With those facts and sentiments in mind, we are delighted to announce the promotion of 21 lawyers.”

The complete list of promotions with effect from Wednesday, 1 July 2020 is:


Special Counsel
Elaine Cheung Financial Services & FinTech Sydney
Beau Weigand Dispute Resolution & Litigation Sydney


Senior Associate
Tania Maystrenko Commercial Adelaide
Liberty Privopoulos Commercial Adelaide
James Hill Corporate Melbourne
Janet Wong Real Estate Melbourne
Amrita Howell Employment Relations Sydney


Tom Woolford Dispute Resolution & Litigation Adelaide
Daniel Owen Corporate Brisbane
Jamin Li Commercial Melbourne
Oscar Ruane Corporate Melbourne
Sam Blight Corporate Sydney
Millie Byrnes Howe Dispute Resolution & Litigation Sydney
Leo Kohn Projects & Construction Sydney
Gabor Papdi Financial Services & FinTech Sydney
Chelsea Payne Financial Services & FinTech Sydney
Thomas Riddell Dispute Resolution & Litigation Sydney
Egor Serov Corporate Sydney
Nathan Sexton Dispute Resolution & Litigation Sydney
Emer Sheridan Projects & Construction Sydney
Tom Skevington Financial Services & FinTech Sydney


The large number of Associate appointments reflects the success of the firm’s clerk and graduate programs in recent years. Seven of those being promoted to Associate joined the firm as Graduates and three joined the firm through our clerk programs.

Managing Partner, Tony Britten-Jones said:

“Our clerk and graduate programs are part of the firm’s commitment to attracting, retaining and developing the best talent. We hope that these programs will result in an increase in clerk to partner appointments within the firm such as those which have occurred already like Erin McCarthy, Employment Relations Partner and Bianca Jennings, Corporate & Commercial Partner, both in our Adelaide office. The firm remains committed, even through COIVD-19, to our clerk and graduate programs and we look forward to new faces joining us in the coming months and in early 2021.”

The firm has extended its commitment to Senior Associates and Special Counsel this year with the launch of their own development program which commenced in April. This program is open to all Senior Associates and Special Counsel and has been designed to prepare Senior Associates and Special Counsel who wish to nominate for partnership with skills in practice management, business development and leadership.

 Mr Britten-Jones commented:

“We have deferred our internal partner appointments until 1 October 2020 to allow for more time to complete the program, as well as the partner nomination process. We are working with those who have indicated they are nominating and we look forward to further announcements later this year.”