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Boutique firm continues significant growth in procurement and technology practice.

Proximity is pleased to announce the appointment of several procurement and sourcing experts including Katherine Barraclough from Fujitsu, Liana Westcott from Russell Kennedy and David Smith from the Department of Human Services.

The appointments form part of a strong growth phase for Proximity over the last 12 months, which has included expanding beyond secondment services to project and general advisory services and growing the team from 12 to over 30. The appointments also continue to build on Proximity’s strong procurement and technology team that already includes leading technology lawyers, Sean King and James Dunn, and Defence procurement expert and former Chief Counsel of Defence giant BAE Systems Australia, David Mahony.

Working onsite with clients is Proximity’s core business and its advisors are handpicked based on having the right attributes to work successfully with client teams on their premises.

“These recent appointments reflect the success of the Proximity model and our desire to continue growing and strengthening our position as a leading provider of onsite legal services to the government and regulated industry sectors” said Proximity Director, James Dunn.  “We have also focussed on building one of the strongest procurement and technology teams in Australia and now have a depth of expertise that rivals the big firms”.

Liana Westcott, who was formerly a Special Counsel in Russell Kennedy’s Canberra Office, is excited about her recent move to Proximity. “Proximity’s new focus on major project work was definitely a drawcard for me.  The move has allowed me to join an already strong team that has access to high quality Commonwealth government work and a really collaborative approach.”

Lisa Keeling, who was previously at Mills Oakley and worked for over a decade in the technology team at Clayton Utz, believes the onsite model is growing in strength. “Major technology transactions are often time critical and involve many moving parts. Proximity’s onsite model enables clients to seek advice in real time, which increases the effectiveness of advice provided, as well as reducing the costs associated with providing that advice.”

In addition to its strong procurement and technology practice, Proximity has significant expertise across all core areas of government and regulated industry legal work including commercial, public law, litigation management, employment, workplace relations law and WHS.

Proximity was named Boutique Law Firm of the Year at the Australian Law Awards in 2016 and is a finalist in the Law Firm of the Year (1-100) category of the Australasian Law Awards 2017.