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Suzanne Townley

News Editor, Solicitors Journal

A 'dynamic and inspirational leader': HSF elects first female chair

A 'dynamic and inspirational leader': HSF elects first female chair


HSF has appointed Rebecca Maslen-Stannage as its first female senior partner and chair  

Magic circle firm, Herbert Smith Freehills, has appointed Rebecca Maslen-Stannage as its new senior partner and chair of the Global LLP Council. Maslen-Stannage is the first female to be elected to the role at the firm. 

Maslen-Stannage will take up the position on 1 May 2021 and will serve for a term of four years. She succeeds James Palmer, who has spent six years in the role, and who will return to full-time practice. 

Sydney-based Maslen-Stannage has practised as a corporate lawyer with the firm since 1994 and advises clients in private and public M&A, equity capital markets and corporate governance. She will continue to practice during her tenure as senior partner and chair.

Outgoing senior partner and chair, Palmer, said: “I share the view of our partners that Rebecca will be an outstanding chair and senior partner of the firm. She has exceptional experience, thinks deeply and strategically about issues and is incredibly respected both inside the firm and by clients and others outside.”

Maslen-Stannage commented: "I am proud of our incredible, diverse talent and positive culture and the fact that we are trusted by clients to advise on an impressive array of matters around the world. 

“I look forward to working with and leading the Partnership Council in its important role and supporting our CEO Justin D’Agostino and the Executive team in achieving the next phase of our strategic goals.”

D’Agostino described Maslen-Stannage as a "uniquely qualified…dynamic and inspirational leader.”