HopgoodGanim and Q Legal join forces to benefit clients on both coasts

Queensland law firm HopgoodGanim will join forces with Perth-based Q Legal, effective 1 November this year, enabling the combined firm to offer a seamless service for clients across Australia, no matter where they or their projects are based.

The two firms will be incorporated under the HopgoodGanim brand from day one, creating one firm with 30 partners and 240 staff in total.

HopgoodGanim’s Bruce Humphrys will remain managing partner of the combined firm, with Q Legal’s Kevin Dundo joining the firm’s strategic committee.

According to managing partner Bruce Humphrys, HopgoodGanim’s expertise in resources and energy, and its corresponding client base, is a driving force behind the announcement.

“A lot of our clients are either based in Perth or have operations in Western Australia. Joining forces with Q Legal enables us to meet the needs of emerging and growth-oriented mining, resources and energy clients. We can now better service our existing client base, in addition to the broader Western Australian and Queensland markets outside of the resources industry.

Humphrys says that the similar cultures and complimentary practices of HopgoodGanim and Q Legal were an important factor in the decision.

“Growth has been firmly on our agenda, but it had to be on the back of our core strengths. Our first priority was to continue to provide the great service we always have to our very loyal clients.

“We believe the combination of HopgoodGanim and Q Legal will enable us to improve service delivery and provide true value to our clients, through our combined, on the ground resources. We’ll be able to build on the core strengths of each firm and on our desire to have a stronger presence in markets where we are needed by existing clients and see the potential for considerable future growth.

Q Legal partner Kevin Dundo believes that the merger will offer Q Legal’s existing clients greater depth in an increasing number of practice areas, providing a holistic approach to managing their legal matters.

"We will be able to provide access to a larger number of advisors who truly understand the industries and markets in which our clients operate, and who will further support their continued success, no matter where they are located. We're excited to be offering this increased reach and breadth of legal expertise across a greater number of practice areas."

The combined firm will offer the full range of legal services, including specialist advice related to resources and energy projects, mergers and acquisitions, construction and infrastructure, capital markets, insurance, banking and finance, insolvency and restructuring, environment, planning and development, property, litigation and tax.

Humphrys says that HopgoodGanim continues to attract top-tier practitioners who have opted to join upper mid-tier specialist firms because they want to develop strong, mutually rewarding and long-lasting relationships with their clients.

“The passion for partnering with clients to develop a deep understanding of their business is a value that both firms share.

HopgoodGanim was established in 1974 and is now one of Queensland's largest corporate law firms. The firm advises a variety of prestigious corporate and multinational companies, as well as government and regulatory organisations, across the full range of corporate and commercial legal services.

Established in 2004, Q Legal is a Perth-based boutique law firm. The partners of the firm, previously senior practitioners at a top tier national firm, have considerable experience in a variety of corporate and commercial projects and complex legal issues.

Esther Cohen, Senior Communications Advisor
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