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The Australian firms Workdynamic Australia and Sparke Helmore Lawyers have both recently hired senior attorneys from international firms.

Workdynamic Australia, a Sydney-based employment law specialist firm, has hired partner Kathy Dalton from DLA Piper to launch a new Melbourne office. Dalton focuses on workplace relations and employment law matters, including workplace investigations, internal reviews and discipline, performance management and dismissal processes, in the retail, health, construction, transport, technology and sport sectors.

Before joining DLA Piper in November 2015, Dalton was a partner at legacy Middletons and stayed through the merger with K&L Gates in 2013. Previously, she was a partner at Herbert Geer (now Thomson Geer).

Other firms have recently launched or expanded their employment practices in Australia. Last month, Holman Fenwick Willan launched an employment practice with an eight-lawyer team from Dentons; and Squire Patton Boggs added employment partner John Oakes in Sydney from boutique Watson Mangioni Lawyers in August last year.

Meanwhile, Sparke Helmore recruited Andrew Johnston as a banking and finance partner in Sydney from Addleshaw Goddard, where he was a legal director (equivalent to of counsel) in Muscat, Oman.

Johnston specializes in finance matters related to construction and development, projects and real estate, as well as Islamic finance, asset finance, securitization and debt capital markets transactions.

Before joining Addleshaw Goddard in 2016, Johnston was a senior associate at Sparke Helmore which he joined in 2011. He also practiced at legacy Middletons and Clayton Utz.

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