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McCullough Robertson

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The firm: McCullough Robertson is the largest independent law firm in Queensland with offices and clients across the entire country. The firm is a proxy for all that is good about the Australian market ie energy, mining, agribusiness, corporate and ICT. The firm is a mid-market specialist.

Areas of practice: Banking and finance: the firm advises three banks out of the 'Big four' and was one of the few firms appointed to the new Bank of Queensland panel. Key clients include ANZ, Westpac, NAB, Bank of Queensland, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, ING, Macquarie Bank, Morgan Stanley, and numerous corporate borrower clients.

Capital markets: the firm's reputation as the 'go-to' people in the small- to mid-cap sector sees the firm sought after for advice from 'start- up' through to expansion capital.

Competition: the firm is best known for its knowledge and work in competition law, in the context of telecommunications and agribusiness in particular. Separately, it advises a large number of consumer businesses on Australian consumer law and has a strong reputation in this area.

Construction and infrastructure: the firm is known as one of the most resourced and conscientious full-service construction practices in Australia, with particular recognition in the natural resources, major projects, government and urban development sectors.

Corporate and M&A: the team is a dominant force and has grown its profile in the cross-border corporate market where recent work has included acting for interests out of England, the US, New Zealand, Hong Kong, China and Singapore.

Dispute resolution: with a thriving litigation practice, the firm has a reputation for its proven ability to run highly complex cases. Further, it has developed what is regarded as the standout construction litigation practice in Australia and has a burgeoning white-collar practice.

Employment: the team acts for market leaders in sectors where workplace and workforce safety, employment issues, enterprise bargaining and industrial relations are critical. Its clients include Cement Australia, Queensland Health and Jellinbah Mining.

Workplace health and safety: the firm advises on all aspects of compliance and risk management and works closely with clients in unfortunately critical cases, such as fatalities and coronial enquiries, to develop and implement health and safety policies and procedures.

Energy (transactions and regulatory): the firm is a leading legal adviser in Australia in the non-ferrous mining sector. It acts for major miners and has growing oil and gas and base metals practices with major clients.

IT and telecoms: the firm acts for Australia's leading ICT entrepreneurs as well as the likes of Telstra.

Insurance: the team is focused on ensuring clients enjoy the broadest possible insurance coverage and that claims are satisfied in accordance with policy obligations. The practice is renowned for its technical and insurance industry market knowledge and experience.

Intellectual property: one of the largest IP groups in Queensland, and is increasingly regarded as a national leader. Clients include iconic Australian brands such as Flight Centre.

Natural resources (transactions and regulatory): this year, the firm acted in two of the most significant mining transactions in the country as mining continues its comeback.

Project finance: the team advises on complex financing transactions, involving combinations of equity, mezzanine debt, security trusts, syndications and offshore securities and on priority and inter-creditor arrangements.

Projects: projects have become a critical part of the firm's growth strategy with examples like James Cook University redevelopment.


  • Contacts
  • John Kettle, partner
  • Number of lawyers: 167
  • at this office: 139
  • Languages
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Afrikaans
  • Cantonese
  • Dutch
  • Japanese
  • Malay
  • Mandarin
  • Portuguese
  • Samoan
  • Chinese
  • Member
  • IBA (International Bar Association)
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals
  • INSOL - International Association of Restructuring

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