Australian law firm Mills Oakley has hired a partner from accounting firm EY to launch a digital law firm in response to client demand.
A lawyer with 30 years of experience, Alec Christie’s clients at EY included Microsoft, ANZ, Westpac, ING, ASX, ASIC, ABS, Cochlear and the University of NSW, Mills Oakley said. He also spent nearly a decade as a partner at DLA Piper and has been recognized as a leading lawyer in privacy and data security.
“Collaboration, geographic reach in Australia and high caliber college colleagues in all practice areas and offices are key to building a successful practice,” Christie said in a statement. “Mills Oakley has all of this and more, including a collegial culture that inspires partners to refer and receive work from a wide range of practices. It is the ideal solution for my practice.
Christie is Mills Oakley’s second recent hire in a digital / IT-related practice this month, with the company previously hiring Melbourne-based blockchain and cryptocurrency expert Joni Pirovich from Hall & Wilcox.
“We are committed to developing the digital culture of our business and we are also responding to client demand for digital legal advice, including IT, privacy, information regulation and other digital implications. mergers and acquisitions and other transactions. This is a clear area of growth for Mills Oakley, ”said company CEO John Nerurker.
EY declined to comment.