Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers has welcomed new managing partner, Charles Sweeney to take the helm of the Queensland based commercial law firm.
The move comes as one of the firm’s founding partners, Chris Ward steps down after 16 years as managing partner, completing his fourth and final term in December 2021.
Sweeney joined Cooper Grace Ward in 2004 and has been a member of the firm’s leadership team since 2010, also leading the firm’s corporate and commercial group for the past four years.
A specialist in corporate advisory, intellectual property and technology matters, Sweeney also has significant experience acting in non-executive director roles, including for ASX-listed companies.
Sweeney worked closely with Ward as his deputy during 2021 and jointly managed the firm during a year fraught with pandemic related challenges.
Commenting on his new position, Sweeney said it is an honour to start the New Year as the managing partner of Cooper Grace Ward. “Despite the ongoing pandemic, we head into 2022 in a strong position and I am committed to continuing to drive the firm’s vision, strategy, client service and dedication to our team members.”
“The firm has been a powerhouse in the Queensland commercial world for just over 41 years and to be elected as the new managing partner is an absolute privilege.”
“I spent last year working closely with Chris on jointly running the firm and involving myself in all aspects of the business. I feel very fortunate to have a fantastic partnership and executive team to work with me, and Chris’ strong legacy to build on.”
Chris Ward, who remains a partner of the firm, said he was delighted to have Sweeney stepping into the role. “Charles was elected as our deputy managing partner last year, and has transitioned seamlessly into managing the firm,” Ward said. “He has the unique ability to handle the day-to-day operations without taking his eyes off the strategic direction of the business.”
“Charles has a deep understanding of how to move the firm forward, how to service clients at the level they expect and how to nurture team members, meaning the firm is in safe hands for the future.”
The appointment comes after Cooper Grace Ward’s 41 years of practice, having opened its doors in December 1980 and growing to become one of the largest independent firms based in Queensland.