Wells Advisory has merged with MinterEllison Consulting, the consulting business of leading Australian law firm, MinterEllison. The merger aims to significantly enhance the combined legal and consulting services to clients in the higher education sector.
Through the merger, MinterEllison will integrate the consulting expertise of Wells Advisory’s eight-strong team of management consultants. The combination of consulting and legal expertise will elevate services providing clients with deeper insights and advice on strategy, regulation, governance, risk, workplace dynamics to operation performance.
Founder of Wells Advisory, Michael Wells said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the team to be joining MinterEllison’s Consulting business. We are looking forward to extending our scale and building our reputation further in the education sector.
“Our team is known in the market for their high quality work, deep sector expertise, and consultative working style. Universities in Australia and worldwide are facing similar strategic challenges from digital transformation, cyber threats, on-line education, research funding to funding models. We are committed to collaborating and supporting our clients as they adapt and build new capabilities and offerings.”
CEO and Managing Partner, MinterEllison, Virginia Briggs commented: “The timing of this acquisition comes at a critical time as universities are adapting and innovating to remain student-centric and sustainable. There is more demand from clients for a seamless, end-to-end solution that combines legal and management consulting capabilities. Combining the Wells Advisory consultants into our Consulting business, and working alongside our lawyers will allow clients to better achieve their organisational outcomes.”
Michael Wells and Dr Paula Kelly will become partners of MinterEllison Consulting with Michelle Canny joining as Executive Director.