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Big 4 firm expands legal arm

One big four accounting firm has boosted its legal offering with the appointment of two new partners this month.

Appointments Lara Bullock 07 September 2017
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EY has today confirmed the appointment of two new legal partners; Andrew Ball and Michelle Segaert.


Mr Ball is due to commence as the head of EY’s employment law practice in Sydney on 18 September after leaving his role at top-tier law firm DLA Piper.

Mr Ball has 25 years’ experience in all areas of employment and workplace relations law and will be advising EY clients on diverse aspects of employment law, from industrial relations to occupational health and safety.

“Andrew’s appointment is another step to ensuring we are providing the full range of services our clients require across Oceania,” said Kirsty Keating, EY Oceania law head.

“He will complement our well-established New Zealand employment law offering and our people advisory services around remuneration and reward.”

Meanwhile Ms Segaert left mid-tier law firm Squire Patton Boggs to commence with EY as the head of the newly-formed Australian financial services law team across Sydney and Melbourne on 1 September.

With more than 15 years’ experience in financial services law, Ms Segaert will provide legal support to local providers as well as both inbound and outbound financial services clients.

“Michelle’s appointment is another example of our ongoing commitment to and focus on providing professional services and support to the financial services sector,” said Graeme McKenzie, EY Oceania financial services leader.

“In an environment increasingly categorised by rapid technological advancements and regulatory change, having a dedicated, multidisciplinary team in place is critical in assisting financial services clients with the complex challenges they are facing.”

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