BCom LLB 1990
Stuart is Global Head of Legal Services for KPMG and is also its Asia Pacific Regional Leader for Legal Services. In those roles, he leads a team of more than 2700 legal professionals across 80 jurisdictions in KPMG’s global legal network. Before joining KPMG in March 2018, Stuart was the inaugural Global Managing Partner of King & Wood Mallesons, based in Hong Kong, having led the combination of those law firms in a unique “east-west” professional services firm business model. As a consequence, Stuart is recognised for his strategic thinking, his ability to lead, manage and significantly grow a business and implement significant change programmes in terms of clients, practice teams and individuals.
Stuart has a strong track record in the finance industry, with close connections to financial institutions, non-bank lenders, investment banks, regulators, government departments and government itself.
Stuart’s experience as a leader of global legal organisations also allows him to bring insights into business and industry trends, with a focus on cross-border investment and trade policy and the global capital markets, and his perspectives on the opportunities and challenges for business and people in both the developed, developing and emerging markets, and across their cultures.
Lawyers underestimate their core skills - to read, absorb, synthesise and react, all in an articulate way, both in writing and speaking. These are core skills and fundamental capabilities for success in any career, and in life. UNSW Law School gave me these skills, but in a unique way of its teaching method, the human interaction and the broader focus on society. Law in context, which creates life connections for your career and with your colleagues and friends. Alumni have a role as advocates for the law school and also to contribute back to its future development.