Deborah Macrae

Director of Business Development and Marketing

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Deborah leads a team of dedicated business development, marketing and communications professionals responsible for the creation and implementation of strategic business development initiatives that support the firm’s growth aspirations.

With more than 19 years’ experience in the legal sector across Australia, Europe and the United States, Deborah leads strategic initiatives such as industry and sector-specific growth strategies, client relationship management programmes, internal and external communication plans and thought leadership strategies.

Deborah is a highly respected leader in the New Zealand and Australian legal professional services business development and marketing sector. She is a trusted advisor to Russell McVeagh’s executive management team, partnership and staff at all levels.


Before joining Russell McVeagh in 2015, Deborah held leadership positions at Herbert Smith Freehills, Minter Ellison and Clifford Chance. Deborah was a Board Director of the Asia-Pacific Professional Services Marketing Association from 2010 to 2015.

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