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David Newman starts as new Maddocks CEO

• 30 September 2020 • 2 min read
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Maddocks partner David Newman has today begun in his new role as the firm’s Chief Executive Officer.

David takes over from Michelle Dixon, who has been CEO since 2013 and has completed the maximum allowable term under the firm’s Governance Rules.

David said he was excited to be stepping into the role of CEO and working with the partners, staff and clients of Maddocks.

‘We have built our success on being trusted partners to our clients and in providing a workplace where our people get the most out of themselves,’ David said.

‘I am honoured to be leading this great firm, especially during a period where we need to be as close to our clients as possible to assist them in overcoming the challenges posed by COVID-19.’

David has worked closely with Michelle over the past few months to ensure a smooth transition.

‘It’s been really important to make sure that we didn’t miss a beat when the calendar rolled over from 30 September to 1 October.

‘Michelle has done an outstanding job as CEO over the past seven years and her guidance over the past few months has been invaluable.’

David is a partner in the firm’s Restructuring & Insolvency team and is based in Melbourne. He joined Maddocks in 2000 and was appointed a partner in 2002. He has held numerous leadership positions, including Practice Group Head of the firm’s Corporate & Commercial practice and Practice Team Leader of the Banking & Insolvency practice. He has also served two terms on the firm’s Board.

As a lawyer, he has been regularly ranked as one of Australia’s leading restructuring and insolvency lawyers by legal directories Chambers Asia Pacific, Best Lawyers, Legal 500 and Doyle’s Guide.

Maddocks Chairman Mark Henry said David has the right strengths to take the firm forward.

‘David has a reputation as a great lawyer who is loved by his clients,’ Mark said. ‘He is also well respected by his colleagues as someone who is collaborative and approachable. These skills will be important as we look to continue to build on the firm’s success.’

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