Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has today announced that Social Justice and Class Actions Principal Jacob Varghese will be appointed as the firm's new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective from 21 April 2017.
Mr Varghese will replace the firm's long-serving CEO Greg Tucker, who leaves the role after more than a decade with the firm. Mr Tucker will be remaining with the firm in a senior management role.
Maurice Blackburn Chairman Steve Walsh thanked Mr Tucker for his service and commitment to the firm.
"Greg has overseen a significant transformation of our firm since starting in 2005, including a strong emphasis on working to ensure Maurice Blackburn's position as Australia's leading social justice law firm," Mr Walsh said.
"Under Greg’s leadership our firm has almost quadrupled the size of its staff, as well as seen an increase in offices opened through the significant organic growth of our business.
“He has also overseen the firm’s diversification into other areas of practice and importantly he has helped to cement the reputation of our firm as an employer of choice within the legal sector, taking responsibility for building a strong leadership team and always embracing new challenges that help to continue Maurice Blackburn’s strong heritage and history.
“On behalf of our firm I want to thank Greg for his energy and vision and his commitment to the staff and clients of Maurice Blackburn during his tenure as CEO," he said.
Mr Walsh said incoming CEO Jacob Varghese would bring a breadth of experience to the role in continuing the firm's strong commitment to social justice.
"Jacob joined Maurice Blackburn in 2002 as an articled clerk, before taking a role in government and then returning to again work with the firm permanently in 2006," Mr Walsh said.
"He has a long history with our firm, including most recently heading Maurice Blackburn's social justice practice, where he has run many of our most well-known pro bono cases including leading a legal campaign that successfully secured the release from detention of 111 Australian-born babies and their families.
"Jacob has also practiced as an expert class actions lawyer and in the area of litigation funding, including leading a National Australia Bank shareholder class action that secured a $115 million settlement for shareholders.
"He has consistently demonstrated a commitment to the values of our firm in helping people achieve access to justice, and we are very proud to have Jacob continue these efforts with Maurice Blackburn in the role of CEO," he said.
Mr Varghese said he was looking forward to leading the next chapter of the firm’s growth and development.
"I am passionate about helping people who otherwise would not have access to justice. For the rule of law to be meaningful, everyone has to have the ability to bring matters before the courts, not just the rich and powerful,” Mr Varghese said.
"I love the opportunity to help people fight for justice when someone has been treated unfairly. We do that exceedingly well at Maurice Blackburn. Having social justice as a cornerstone of our foundations not only marks our place in history but guides our future.
"I am grateful to Greg for providing such strong leadership and I look forward to working with him over the next few months as I learn the ropes and lead the firm as we create our next chapter," he said.