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HDY appoints government specialist to lead Canberra office

11 February 2016

Leading government, commercial / ICT and procurement lawyer Debra Tippett has joined Henry Davis York (HDY) to help spearhead its ongoing drive into the Commonwealth Government legal sector and facilitate the opening of the firm's new office in Canberra.

Debra has been appointed Head of HDY's Canberra office, and will work closely with the firm's Government Sector Group and its lead partner Helen Vickers, to enhance the firm's offering to Commonwealth Government clients.

Debra joins HDY from Minter Ellison where she was a partner for more than nine years and advised a large number of Commonwealth Government clients. Before joining Minters, Debra was a principal legal officer at the Health Insurance Commission.

Angie Freeman, also from Minter Ellison, will be joining HDY as a special counsel in the Canberra office.

Commenting on Debra's appointment, HDY's Managing Partner Michael Greene, said: "Debra is an exceptional addition to our firm. She has great expertise and experience in commercial and IT transactions, specialising in health services, complex information and communications technology projects, eHealth, outsourcing, probity and smart card systems.

"Debra adds depth to our Government practice and also our Technology team, which services our clients across all sectors.

"Working with government is one of our firm's core strengths and a key sector of focus for us. Expanding more into the Commonwealth sphere is a natural evolution of our strong and successful NSW Government practice.

"We have been working with Commonwealth clients for more than five years and the feedback from these clients is they are eagerly anticipating our firm's arrival in the nation's capital. Our credentials, track record and ability to provide a viable alternative to some of the other firms currently operating in that market has seen our Commonwealth practice grow year-on-year. This will be significantly enhanced by Debra's arrival.

"It's an exciting time for the firm. With Debra and Angie now with us, and our maturing Commonwealth Government practice, we are pleased to now take the important step of opening our Canberra office."

Debra said she was "delighted" to join HDY. "Henry Davis York is a firm recognised as responsive, agile and easy for clients to work with. It is also a firm that shares my absolute commitment to delivering outstanding client service.

"We understand that clients want their legal advisers to be enthusiastic, actively engaged, and heavily invested in their success.

"I look forward to the future at HDY, a firm that takes a collaborative approach to working with clients to achieve their desired outcomes and policy objectives."


For further information contact:

Glenn Taylor
Head of Communications
Henry Davis York
61 2 9947 6568
61 408 939 226