Keypoint Law has announced the appointment of two senior lawyers as Consulting Principals of the firm. Neil Arora and Douglas Linnette join Keypoint from Kemp Strang, which recently merged with Thomson Geer.
Neil Arora is an experienced immigration lawyer and registered migration agent. His background includes senior legal roles with the Department of Home Affairs managing the Australian Government's immigration litigation case load, including its High Court test caseload, and heading its internal immigration advisings area dealing with difficult cases. Earlier in his career, Neil was with Clayton Utz and prior to that, an Associate to the Hon Justice WMC Gummow of the High Court of Australia.
Mr Arora provides immigration advice and services to private clients and SMEs seeking to position themselves in the Australian market. He frequently assists existing and start-up businesses to enable their key personnel to work in Australia and is experienced in advising on skilled and business visas.
Mr Linnette has 22 years' experience advising businesses on a broad range of commercial matters and transactions. Dual qualified in Australia and the UK, Mr Linnette’s primary focus is on supporting Australian companies looking to export or expand into the UK, and UK government export initiatives into the Australasian market. Before joining Kemp Strang, Mr Linnette was managing principal of a boutique Sydney-based corporate and commercial law firm.
Commenting on recent changes in the legal industry, Keypoint’s CEO, Warren Kalinko, said:
“The Australian legal market is witnessing a period of profound change. In the past 12 months alone, many mid-tier firms have merged, including large establishment firms like Henry Davis York, TressCox, Dibbs Barker, and Kemp Strang. Keypoint is ideally placed to fill the vacuum caused by these mergers, with its highly competitive offering to both clients and lawyers.
We’re delighted to welcome two more accomplished lawyers to our firm. Neil’s joining enables us to open a new practice area in the field of immigration law; and Douglas brings many years of commercial law experience, further strengthening Keypoint’s corporate practice, which has grown by 5 senior lawyers since July this year.
Commenting on his new role, Mr Arora said:
“I am very pleased to contribute to Keypoint’s growth by launching the firm’s immigration practice. I am confident my clients will benefit from Keypoint’s full service offering and I look forward to working closely with my colleagues to deliver exceptional client outcomes.”
Mr Linnette said of his appointment:
“Keypoint’s impressive growth and recent awards reflect its ambition to deliver first class, highly flexible legal services from a platform of enviably experienced lawyers. I’m delighted to join Keypoint and to further strengthen the firm’s offering in relation to cross-border legal services to Australian and UK businesses.”
In the past 12 months, Keypoint has appointed 12 Consulting Principals across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, making it one of Australia’s fastest growing law firms based on partner-level appointments.
About Keypoint Law
- Established in 2014.
- An award-winning firm driving transformation in the legal profession, redefining how a modern law firm operates.
- Our team of 38 senior lawyers provides legal services across 16 practice areas from Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane.
- Keypoint was named ‘Boutique Law Firm of the Year’ in the 2018 Australian Law Awards; our lawyers are recognised in peer-reviewed ‘Best Lawyers in Australia’ across 10 practice areas (2018); we are ranked in the Australian Financial Review’s law partnership survey (2018); and we were runner up in the client‑voted National Australia Bank Professional Services Award for Best Law Firm in NSW and ACT (private clients) (2017).
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