Emma Leys has been appointed Kott Gunning’s new Managing Partner, taking over from Stephen Williams who has led the firm through a strategic rebrand over a number of years.

The role includes overseeing the firm’s big picture direction and strategic opportunities, and Emma is honoured to be taking on that responsibility in the firm’s centenary year.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to be Kott Gunning’s Managing Partner in the year we are celebrating our firm’s 100th anniversary,” says Emma, who started as a property lawyer at the firm 20 years ago, and has been department head of the Commercial and Property team since 2005.

Emma, a “people person”, is known for her friendly and approachable leadership style, open door policy and willingness to listen. The firm’s focus on supporting a people-centric workplace culture is something Emma is passionate about.

“Our people are our most important asset and are really at the firm’s core,” she says, noting the family-like quality that comes with having many team members who have enjoyed and stayed working with the firm, for decades.

As Managing Partner, Emma is keen to continue the firm’s tradition of building and valuing strong relationships – within the firm, with clients, and with the charities Kott Gunning supports.

“Many of our firm’s clients have been clients of the firm for decades and are an extremely important part of our history. We put a lot of value on and take a lot of pride in those relationships”, she says.

Kott Gunning’s 100 year milestone is largely thanks to the strength of those relationships and the values of our team, says Emma.

“We look forward to honouring our firm’s significant history this year and consider ourselves very fortunate to be a part of celebrating this very unique achievement.”

For more information about the centenary, follow #kottgunning100years on social media and contact Marketing Manager Tanya Kay on 08 9321 3755.