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Australian law firm Mills Oakley has hired a partner from accounting firm EY to launch a digital law practice in response to client demand.

A lawyer of 30 years’ experience, Alec Christie’s client base at EY included Microsoft, ANZ, Westpac, ING, ASX, ASIC, ABS, Cochlear and the University of NSW, Mills Oakley said. He also spent almost a decade as a partner at DLA Piper and has been recognized as a leading data privacy and security lawyer.

“Collaboration, geographic reach within Australia and high caliber collegiate colleagues across all practice areas and offices are the key to building a successful practice,” Christie said in a statement. “Mills Oakley has all of these and more, including a collegiate culture which incentivizes partners to cross-refer and receive work from a diverse array of practices. It is the ideal fit for my practice.”

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Christopher Niesche

Christopher Niesche is the Australia correspondent for Law.com International. He covers the business of law in Australia and writes about lawyers, global and domestic law firms and in-house law departments. He also covers Australian regulatory matters. He can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter: @ChrisNiesche.

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