Baker & McKenzie turns to Corrs for Aussie corporate hire

Baker & McKenzie has bolstered its Melbourne office with the addition of a partner from Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Corporate lawyer Peter Ickeringill, who was previously Asia Pacific general counsel of the Daily Mail and General Trust Group, has been a partner at Corrs since 2007.

He is the latest is a series of hires Bakers has made from indigenous Australian firms, with the international firm turning to Claytion Utz and Allens ahead of its Brisbane launch earlier this year.

Bakers took on Darren Fooks from Clayton Utz and Jo Daniels from Allens when the launch was announced (23 April 2014) and added Herbert Smith Freehills partner Philip Christensen, a legacy Freehills lawyer, to the roster three months later (15 July 2014).

Ickeringill said that Bakers is the global firm “against which all others are measured”, adding that the firm “sets the bar for brand recognition and reputation, worldwide service, industry knowledge and practice depth”.

Earlier this year research from Acritas found that general counsel in Asia Pacific felt Bakers and King & Wood Mallesons had the strongest law firm brands in the region (12 August 2014).

Last week Bakers changed the management in four of its Asian offices, naming Hong Kong-based Milton Cheng as managing partner of in Hong Kong, China, Korea and Vietnam (13 October 2014).

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