Barry.Nilsson. announces new CEO and leadership structure Barry.Nilsson. announces new CEO and leadership structure

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Barry.Nilsson. announces new CEO and leadership structure

28 JANUARY 2021

National law firm, Barry.Nilsson., is pleased to announce the appointment of Graeme Walsh as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective immediately.

Mr Walsh will be the firm’s first CEO following the retirement last year of long-standing Managing Partner, Don Leembruggen, and coincides with a broader restructure of the firm’s management team.

The appointment heralds a new chapter for Barry.Nilsson. as a newly constituted Board of Management is formed to oversee its strategic, financial and governance objectives.

Mr Walsh is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years of experience in financial management and strategy, financial systems, consulting and accounting.

He has spent the past 11 years in the legal industry, most recently as the CFO of Colin Biggers & Paisley and previously in management roles within Herbert Smith Freehills. 

He also has experience managing business performance projects for clients in the legal, financial services, education and telecommunication industries.

Speaking about his recent appointment, Mr Walsh said he was a strong communicator who was passionate about building teams and empowering staff.

“I am tremendously honoured by the confidence Barry.Nilsson.’s Board has placed in me and I look forward to bringing my own personal experience and perspective from numerous industries to take Barry.Nilsson. forward in these rapidly changing times,” he commented.

Barry.Nilsson. first launched into the Queensland market when it opened its Brisbane office in 1963 and now boasts a national presence in insurance and family law. It has over 300 staff including 28 principals in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart. Mr Walsh will be based in Sydney.

Barry.Nilsson. Principal and Chair, Rhett Kennedy, said he was delighted to welcome Mr Walsh to the firm after a lengthy selection process.

“Given the magnitude of this decision, we took our time with the recruitment process in order to secure the best person for the role,” said Mr Kennedy.

“Graeme was a standout from the beginning and has a reputation for being a respected, highly-trusted practitioner and accomplished industry leader.”

“Barry.Nilsson. has spent the last five years building its national footprint to enhance its ability to service clients across all states in insurance and health, and family law.

“With the appointment of Graeme and the introduction of our Board of Management, we now have a strong framework to support our national scale”.


For more information please contact Sally Cuskelly, Barry.Nilsson. on 07 3231 6180 or Merrett Pye, Altitude Public Relations, on 0422 096 049