Official Announcement from TressCox:

Leading independent Australian law firms HWL Ebsworth Lawyers and TressCox Lawyers have announced that the majority of the partners and staff of TressCox will be joining HWL Ebsworth on 5 February 2018.

While the two firms share a number of core areas of expertise, they each have strengths in particular areas and this move is driven by a desire to offer domestic and international clients the most comprehensive suite of technically outstanding legal services of any law firm in Australia. The aggregated capability of HWL Ebsworth and TressCox will enable the firm to offer market leading expertise across a number of industries including health and aged care, property and media.

On a combined basis, the fully integrated national firm will comprise over 1,150 staff, including approximately 230 partners, 610 other legal practitioners and 340 support staff. The firm will operate offices in nine locations – Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Norwest (North West Sydney), Perth and Sydney.

“I have been highly impressed by the energy and commitment to clients demonstrated by the TressCox team. Culturally, the two firms operate in a very similar way, and I am confident that our practitioners will come together as one team seamlessly. I am proud to be leading a firm with the courage and capability to challenge the status quo within Australia’s legal industry. This combination will only enhance our ability to deliver unrivalled value for money without compromising quality or service” said Juan Martinez, HWL Ebsworth Managing Partner.

“The new venture with Australia’s largest legal partnership offers our clients access to a significantly improved national footprint with greater depth and breadth of expertise, and gives our people more varied career and professional development opportunities” said Scott Chapman, Executive Chairman at TressCox. “I am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve as one firm”.

TressCox is a firm with approximately 200 people.

TressCox had 40 partners in January 2013. This had reduced to 27 by January 2018.

At the end of 2017 TressCox had approximately 68 non-partner fee earners.

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