Brisbane-based firm Cooper Grace Ward has announced the appointment of Charles Sweeney as deputy managing partner.
Chris Ward, the firm’s current managing partner and a founding partner of CGW, will complete his fourth term in December 2021, after 16 years in the role.
Ward will work closely with Sweeney through a period of transition and Sweeney will then take on the role of managing partner from 1 January 2022.
Sweeney leads the firm’s corporate and commercial group and is well-known in the industry for providing wide-ranging general commercial advice to clients, with particular areas of focus including corporate advisory, intellectual property and technology.
Sweeney’s experience includes serving as a non-executive director of ASX listed companies. He has also served on Cooper Grace Ward’s board and executive leadership team for several years.
Ward, commented on the appointment: “I’m pleased to have Sweeney elected as our deputy managing partner and to work with him on the transition to managing the firm.”
“Sweeney has a deep understanding of our team culture, our clients and our business, which will place the firm in safe hands for the future,” he said.
Sweeney expressed his delight on his selection for the role: “It’s an honour to be appointed as deputy managing partner of Cooper Grace Ward.”
“The firm has earned itself an enviable reputation for providing outstanding commercial client service and nurturing team members, and I’m pleased to be part of CGW’s history going forward.”
The appointment comes ahead of the firm’s celebration of 40 years of practice, having opened its doors in December 1980 and grown to become one of the largest independent firms based in Queensland.