Maurice Blackburn appoints three new principals as part of mid-year promotions

25 June 2015
Leading social justice law firm Maurice Blackburn has promoted three of its lawyers to principal in its latest round of legal promotions.

Queensland Law Society Accredited specialist Jillian Barrett, who heads the firm’s Browns Plains office in Queensland, will be promoted to principal as of 1 July.

The other two new Maurice Blackburn principals are Lachlan Fitch, a compensation lawyer who heads the Reservoir office in Melbourne’s north, and Josh Mennen, from the firm’s superannuation and insurance team in Sydney.

Across the country, 33 Maurice Blackburn lawyers have been promoted across practice areas that include compensation law, superannuation and insurance, employment and industrial, class actions and will disputes.

Maurice Blackburn chief executive officer Greg Tucker said the promotions, which include lawyers in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT, reflected the high calibre of staff across the firm’s diverse range of practice areas.

“Maurice Blackburn understands the value of investing in our staff, so it’s wonderful to see our lawyers advance in their careers, especially as so many of them have been with the firm since they graduated,” Mr Tucker said.

“I want to congratulate all of the 33 lawyers who have been promoted this year. It is an important recognition of their outstanding contribution to the firm as well as their ongoing commitment to providing the highest standard of service to their clients,” he said.

The 33 promotions, effective from 1 July 2015, are:


Jillian Barrett – Browns Plains
Lachlan Fitch – Reservoir
Josh Mennen – Sydney

Special Counsel

Irina Lubomirska – Melbourne

Senior Associate

Enrico Burgio – Melbourne
Carolyn Ford – Melbourne
Min Guo – Melbourne
Emily Hart – Melbourne
Jacinta Lewin – Melbourne
Janelle Morgan – Melbourne
Cyndel Muscat – Mackay
Jacinta Northam – Canberra
Daniel Victory – Melbourne
Amber Wang – Toowoomba


Nina Abbey – Sydney
David Bell – Maroochydore
Laine Behan – Toowoomba
Tim Conboy – Dandenong
Natalie Devitsakis – Greensborough
Jarrah Ekstein – Sydney
Alana Heffernan – Brisbane
Mala Heffernan – Maroochydore
Rachael McMahon – Cairns
Craig Parrish – Ringwood
Mia Pantechis – Sydney
Sam Pearce – Melbourne
Georgia Plunkett-Scott – Brisbane
Tahli Preston-Dixon – Melbourne
Andrea Tate – Reservoir
Genna Upson – Greensborough
Jenna Vardi – Melbourne
Paul Zaharias – Dandenong