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Chief Operating Officer

Press Release: For immediate release
Date: Monday, 20 March 2023 

HHG Legal Group has appointed Merrill MacNish as Chief Operating Officer, following the successful completion of goals set by HHG’s Directors, Simon Creek and Murray Thornhill, for Nigel Richards, who became the firm’s inaugural COO in 2018.

Merrill will be responsible for supporting the operational aspects of the firm and the implementation of business strategy.

Merrill sold her four businesses in Geraldton in 2015, after 17 years, and relocated to Perth. Merrill is the recipient of many regional & state business awards and has held several Board positions, including 40under40 recipient (2011), Board Member – Small Business Development Corporation, Board Member (Treasurer) – Mid-West Small Business Centre, President – Mid West Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Upon arriving in Perth, Merrill worked in the not-for-profit Agribusiness space. She was then recruited by the Hon Alannah MacTiernan (Minister for Agriculture, Regional Development, Small Business & Hydrogen) as Executive Officer.

Merrill commented “After meeting with Murray & Simon, the leadership team and associated business professionals, I was convinced HHG was the perfect place to continue my career.  The values of the organization mirror my own. Its welcoming culture and emphasis on constant improvement are very appealing.  I look forward to helping shape the firm’s future.”

Managing Director, Murray Thornhill, commented, “We are delighted that Merrill is joining HHG Legal Group. Merrill has extensive personal business experience as well as specific experience as an Executive GM in a variety of boutique law firms and other larger organisations. She fully understands ‘constant improvement’ and has a strong regional network in addition to her familiarity with law firm operational management.”


About HHG Legal Group

HHG Legal Group is proud of its 100-year history in assisting businesses, government, not-for-profit organisations, families and private clients with all their legal requirements.

The HHG vision is simple; deliver solutions of maximum value to our clients by forging strong relationships whilst connecting legal issues with the right talent and experience.

We are proud to house highly recognised and responsive legal practitioners across all facets of commercial, property, employment, tax, estates and succession and family law and take pride in the collaborative nature of our practice areas. Our teams are committed to sharing knowledge and expertise to ensure the best legal outcome for our clients.

We understand the importance of clear communication when working side-by-side with our clients. Our team of lawyers, across all practice areas will provide clear guidance, respond to feedback and manage your expectations whether it be a once-off matter or as your long-term trusted legal advisers.

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