New appointments for Commercial Disputes and Employment, IR and OHS teams

Sladen Legal is delighted to announce the appointments of Leneen Forde and Louise Houlihan (formerly partners of Cornwall Stodart Lawyers) as principals of the firm.

Louise is joined by senior associate, Jane O’Brien, and associate, Joanna Shields (also formerly of Cornwall Stodart Lawyers) and together they will strengthen Sladen Legal’s existing Employment, Industrial Relations and Occupational Health and Safety team.

Leneen has joined the existing litigation group and new recruit, Lawyer, Andrew Blyth, forming Sladen Legal’s new Commercial Disputes team.

Managing Principal, Dan Simmonds believes that these appointments reflect the firm’s commitment to growth in the Victorian market, and is keen to recruit the best legal talent to meet our clients’ needs. He acknowledges both Leneen and Louise as being recognised in the industry as leaders in their respective fields, and is excited about breathing new life into these developing service areas.

Louise has practiced exclusively in the Employment, Industrial Relations and Occupational Health and Safety space for over a decade, providing legal and strategic advice to clients. She is excited about the opportunities presented by this move for her and the team, and believes their pragmatic and commercial style of resolving workplace issues fits perfectly with Sladen Legal’s approach to the practice of law.

Leneen has been practicing in commercial disputes since being admitted in 1988, and is thrilled to join Sladen Legal, acknowledging that she resonates with the firm’s values and what they represent. She is keen to work with people who have a passion for the law and providing real solutions to real people. Leneen’s focus is to make clients feel supported in the dispute process, and believes this move brings her more in line with her real purpose.

Download a pdf version of this announcement: New appointments for Commercial Disputes and Employment, IR and OHS teams, which was also advertised in the Australian Financial Review on 13 February, 2015.

Leneen and Louise welcome the opportunity to discuss any questions you have around Commercial Disputes and Workplace Relations areas.

Leneen Forde
Sladen Legal
03 9611 0142
0417 165 315


Louise Houlihan
Sladen Legal
03 9611 0144
0409 835 809