Lander & Rogers this week announced the appointment of respected industry figure Sarah Fregon to support the firm's growth into the public sector.
The former-Deloitte Legal partner, general counsel, barrister and Victorian Bar CEO brings more than 20 years of expertise to Lander & Rogers' Commercial Disputes area, where she will help to build the firm's regulatory and government disputes practices.
"Compliance is cited by clients as one of the biggest challenges facing their organisations right now. With the regulatory environment evolving at an increasingly rapid rate, industry and government clients are seeking support to cut through the complexity and ensure they comply with their obligations and meet community expectations," says Sarah.
But running a successful practice is more than simply strong technical expertise, according to Sarah. "Lander & Rogers is committed to partnering with clients and community to achieve better outcomes, with a strong innovation agenda to unlock new opportunities and use technology to drive efficiency. I'm pleased to join a firm that's leading the way in client service excellence and legal tech innovation."
With a diverse background spanning commercial, corporate and regulatory advisory and dispute resolution, Sarah's appointment brings a high level of energy and technical expertise to Lander & Rogers and its client base, as well as a unique perspective and skills from her roles as both barrister and general counsel. Lander & Rogers' Commercial Disputes practice group leader Greg McKenzie says, "Sarah has an unusually diverse background and her experience, coupled with her industry and government exposure, gives Sarah a unique insight into clients' regulatory challenges as well as the growing role of government. She will be a great asset for both our firm and our growing number of clients in regulatory and public sectors".
Sarah's appointment also strengthens the firm's position as an industry leader in gender diversity, with Lander & Rogers having the highest female partner ratio of any Australian law firm of its size, at 43%.
Chief Executive Partner, Genevieve Collins says, "Sarah is a natural fit for Lander & Rogers; sharing our commitment to improving the client experience through technology and innovation. We're delighted to welcome her to the firm."
The announcement precedes two further senior appointment for the firm next month and follows the largest promotion round in Lander & Rogers' 74-year history in July, in which 32 lawyers were elevated to senior roles. Of the 32 lawyers promoted to senior positions (senior associate, special counsel and partner), 78% were women – including five out of seven partners.