Keypoint Law has bolstered its corporate practice with the appointment of Melbourne-based lawyer, Richard Hobson, as a Consulting Principal.

A senior corporate lawyer with 30 years’ experience, Richard’s positions include General Counsel and Company Secretary of former ASX-100 company, PaperlinX, as well as senior positions in ANL Limited and MacarthurCook Ltd. Richard joins Keypoint from Linchpin Legal, a successful boutique firm that he established in 2009. Prior to that, Richard was the CEO of law firm Mason Sier Turnbull.

Richard is a highly regarded adviser to boards and business executives with specialised knowledge in the areas of corporate governance, company law, contract and commercial law, competition and consumer law, ethics, risk management and legal compliance. His clients range from fortune 500 and ASX-listed companies through to private companies and private clients. He has also been an occasional lecturer in corporate governance for Swinburne University and the Governance Institute, and regularly presents in Lawyers’ Skills for the Leo Cussen Institute.

Richard was on the Committee of Australian Corporate Lawyers Association (ACLA) now ACC (Victorian branch) for 17 years, and is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria (on the Competition and Consumer Law committee) and the Australian Legal Practice Management Association.

Commenting on Richard’s appointment, Keypoint CEO Warren Kalinko said:

“Richard brings a wealth of experience to our firm, with an invaluable background as a Corporate Counsel and impeccable credentials. His expertise will further enhance our corporate team, with Keypoint well placed to offer clients a truly comprehensive service across Corporate and Commercial. His hands-on experience from both sides of the in-house/private practice divide extends from board matters to M&A and employee share plans, and positions Richard well to add real value to our clients. Our ability to continue to attract team members of such calibre, as an organisation that only recently celebrated its fifth year, speaks volumes. I am delighted to welcome Richard to Keypoint.”

Commenting on his decision to join the firm, Richard said:

“I have been very impressed with the calibre of my colleagues at Keypoint Law and the professional approach of its senior management, Warren Kalinko, Alison Astey and their teams, who have been most welcoming.  I look forward to contributing to the firm and providing an even better range of legal expertise to my existing and new clients.”

About Keypoint Law

  • Established in 2014.
  • An award-winning firm driving transformation in the legal profession, redefining how a modern law firm operates.
  • Our team of 40+ senior lawyers provides legal services across 21 practice areas from Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane.
  • Keypoint was named ‘Medium Law Firm of the Year’ in the 2019 Victorian Legal Awards and ‘Boutique Law Firm of the Year’ in the 2018 Australian Law Awards; our lawyers are recognised in peer-reviewed ‘Best Lawyers in Australia’ across 16 practice areas (2020).