Thynne + Macartney announces five new promotions

Thynne + Macartney is delighted to announce the promotion of two new Partners, two new Senior Associates and a new Associate effective from 1 July 2020.

Congratulations to the following lawyers:

  • Ashleigh Poole in Wills + Estates for her promotion to Partner
  • Michael Mayes in Banking + Finance for his promotion to Partner
  • Hannah Barbour in Agribusiness for her promotion as Senior Associate
  • Damian Riggall in Professional Indemnity for his promotion to Senior Associate
  • Riley McDermott in Commercial + Dispute Resolution for his promotion to Associate.

“It is wonderful that we are announcing these promotions as we return to our usual workplace after what has been three of the more unusual months in the 127-year history of our firm,” says Chairman of Partners Peter Jolly.

“Thynne + Macartney is confident that within our current group of young lawyers the next generation of partners stand ready to be the law firm of the future,” says Peter, “This was evident while working remotely with all staff demonstrating outstanding commitment and dedication in supporting our clients who faced significant change and opportunity in their own businesses.”

A leading principle of Thynne + Macartney is the investment in our people. Those who join the firm have the opportunity of a long and secure career with Thynne + Macartney and more than 40% of our current partners and lawyers have been with Thynne + Macartney for their entire careers, including Damian and Riley. A firm that has survived previous pandemics, as well as World Wars and recessions, Thynne + Macartney was able to offer job security to all staff without implementing pay cuts or unpaid leave during COVID-19.

Congratulations to Ashleigh, Michael, Hannah, Damian and Riley on your well-deserved promotions.


Ashleigh Poole

Ashleigh is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Succession Law, experienced in all aspects of estate planning, estate administration, estate and equity litigation, trusts and QCAT matters. She has advised on complex deceased estates and estate planning matters where there has been a risk of a challenge to the estate and applications to QCAT.

Ashleigh is recognised by Best Lawyers (Australia) in Wealth Management & Succession Planning and Doyle’s Guide for Wills & Estates Litigation and Wills, Estates & Succession Planning in Queensland.


Michael Mayes

Michael advises on all aspects of transactional banking and finance matters. His clients include banks, financial institutions and private lenders requiring advice on corporate and institutional banking and business and retail banking. He also advises religious and charitable organisations, childcare and health groups, and liquor and gaming establishments.

Michael’s expertise in banking and finance is accompanied by his extensive knowledge in recovery realisation and insolvency matters.


Damian Riggall

Damien advises in professional indemnity and insurance litigation. He develops strategies to facilitate the fair and expeditious resolution of disputes and is focused on guiding professionals through the intricacies of litigation so that they may resume their busy practices.

Experience in “out of court” alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, Damian also provides specialist policy advice to professional indemnity underwriters.


Hannah Barbour

Hannah is an agribusiness lawyer with considerable experience in assisting farmers and graziers to protect their interests when negotiating agreements and leases, buying and selling rural properties, and planning for the succession of the family business.

With extensive experience in the area of carbon trading, Hannah regularly advises landowners on how to establish, maintain and manage carbon offset projects on their land. She is an approved advisor under the Queensland Rural and Industry Authority (QRIDA) Carbon Farming Advice Rebate Program.


Riley McDermott

Riley is experienced in commercial litigation focusing on restructuring and insolvency. He works with liquidators on external administrations, deed of company arrangements, receiverships and winding up of companies. Riley also assists applicants and respondents in security of payment proceedings.



About Thynne + Macartney

With a history of 127 years, Thynne + Macartney is a proudly independent, commercially focused, Queensland-based law firm with strong boutique practices in Agribusiness, Maritime & Transport, Property and Insurance.

 Proud of our history, excited by our future.

We’re with you.

This information is intended to provide a general summary only and should not be relied on as a substitute for legal advice.

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