Firm Profile > Norton Rose Fulbright > Brisbane, Australia

Norton Rose Fulbright
LEVEL 21
111 EAGLE STREET
BRISBANE, QLD 4000
Australia

Environment and planning Tier 1

Among the market’s ‘leading planning and environment groups’, Norton Rose Fulbright is praised for its ‘ability to advise on and navigate the political elements of the planning and environment system’. It represents clients from the private and public sectors alike on a broad array of affairs including planning appeals, development challenges, compliance, risk management, incident response, climate change, and land acquisition compensation range. Based in Brisbane, practice head Rebecca Hoare has distinguished expertise in native title and Aboriginal cultural heritage affairs; her team also provides specialist capacity in relation to contamination, biodiversity, and built heritage matters and is able to call upon various technical advisers such as architects, urban planners, and environmental engineers. Sydney-based Elizabeth Wild is also a key name, providing the team with specialist knowledge of contaminated land and remediation law.

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Testimonials

‘The Team had excellent experience and knowledge applicable to the EES process they were engaged to work on. This meant they were extremely efficient and able to provide timely and appropriate advice fully understanding the likely issues that would be a priority to address. They were extremely flexible, often having to deal with tight time frames and client-related delays. Adherence to the budget was also very well managed.’

‘They are a market-leading planning and environment group with experts across the relevant fields. One of the group’s greatest strengths is its ability to advise on and navigate the political elements of the Victorian planning and environment system. This skill has been honed from years of experience in the industry.’

Key clients

Caltex

Commonwealth Government

Transport for NSW

Shell

Goodman International

Lendlease

Mirvac

Property NSW

Victorian Government (including VicRoads and Department of Health and Human Services)

Roads and Maritime Services, NSW

Grocon

Newmark Capital Limited

Suez Recycling & Recovery Pty Ltd

Fulton Hogan

Cleanaway Pty Ltd

Country Carbon

Laing O’Rourke

CWP Renewables

Qantas Airways Limited

Bunnings

Transport: aviation Tier 1

Praised for its ‘deep industry knowledge’ and ‘willingness to seek commercial, practical solutions’, Norton Rose Fulbright’s core expertise is spread across aviation operational systems, regulatory frameworks, cross-border transactions, and environmental matters. The department, fronted by the ‘intimate knowledge’ of Tom Young, is also extremely active when it comes to aviation-related banking and finance matters such as airport refinancing, aircraft leasing, and engine purchases. Young is an authority on both Australian and international regulatory regimes, he works from Brisbane alongside special counsel Julie Brown; clients cite her as ‘proactive and easy to work with’ with her practice spanning airport operation and privatisations as well as intrusions into prescribed airspace.

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Testimonials

‘They have an intimate working knowledge of the Commonwealth Airport Lease and regulations.’

‘They have deep industry knowledge and a willingness to be commercial and work towards finding practical solutions and at all times ensuring the client interests are protected. Very considered in advice and is provided within good time frames. Quoted fees are always met.’

‘Julie Brown is very proactive, easy to deal with, and in-depth knowledge.’

Key clients

Hobart Airport

Lynden Air Cargo

Northern Territory Airports Pty Ltd

Orix Aviation

Perth Airport

Banking and finance Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright stands out for its recognised expertise advising top banks and financial services institutions, including leading domestic and international (American, European, and Asian) banks and investment companies. The department benefits from the firm's global network, which allows it to act seamlessly on complex, cross-border mandates from its offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth. Team co-head Nuncio D’Angelo is a trusted adviser to Australia's leading banks and leads on many of the team's major deals. He is supported by fellow co-head Alex Mufford, whose practice spans finance, capital markets, and restructuring. Junior partner Hamish Dixon advises on a wide range of financing transactions, especially in development, project and corporate finance, while Brisbane-based Chris Patten focuses his practice on corporate and acquisition finance, non-recourse lending, and specialised finance. Named partners are Sydney-based unless otherwise mentioned.

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Key clients

Nikko Asset Management

Associated Kiln Driers Pty Ltd

NAB

ANZ

Coronado Coal

AirTrunk

HSBC

Bank of America

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Sydney Branch

Daiwa House

Construction Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright provides a cradle to grave service for major transport and social infrastructure PPPs in addition to energy and resources, technology, government and urban property development projects. Everything from procurement strategy, tender documentation and project delivery through to claims and disputes is handled by the practice which is able to call upon the firm’s environment and planning, real estate, insurance and insolvency teams to provide a one-stop-shop. Emanuel Confos, a project documentation and litigation specialist, heads the practice, operating from Sydney alongside Kevin Arkwright who represents a number of federal, state and local government entities on relevant projects. Elsewhere in Melbourne, Grant Ahearn leverages his track record in relation to office, retail and multi-level residential department development projects.

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Testimonials

‘The team offer practical, well-considered advice. They have an in-depth knowledge of the law and also the commercial pressures on complex construction projects. They work well as a team and consistently provide solutions that are tailored to my organisation’s needs and concerns. These attributes set them apart and make them a leading firm in construction law.’

‘Partner Alex Whiteside is an outstanding disputes lawyer. Highly responsive and strategic, he provides timely and well-considered advice. He leads a highly skilled and dedicated team that is able to respond to difficult issues within tight deadlines without compromising on quality. The team includes Matthew Taylor, special counsel, who consistently provides robust and clear advice on complex issues and Simon Croft, who is thorough and well-considered in his approach.’

Key clients

ACCIONA Infrastructure

Lendlease

John Holland Group

Brookfield / Multiplex

Goldwind

Grocon

Genex Power

Bright Energy Investments

Department of Defence

City of Sydney

Sydney Water Corporation

Vestas

Urbanest

HRL Morrison

CWP Renewables

Signal Energy Australia

Icon Co

Calvary Health Care

BMD Constructions

Airtrunk

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright has ‘a very capable and well-regarded arbitration team’, with ‘all the ability and resources to undertake the most complex of arbitrations’. Leveraging a ‘seamless cross-jurisdictional practice’, the team is routinely involved in international commercial arbitration in the construction and engineering, energy, telecoms, and mining sectors. It also often works alongside its colleagues in the Middle East and throughout Asia-Pacific. The team is also active in the enforcement of ICSID awards. Andrew Battisson in Sydney heads up the Australia international arbitration group. Dylan McKimmie in Perth is also recommended. Penelope Ford joined Hall & Wilcox in July 2021.

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Testimonials

Dylan McKimmie is an extremely good lawyer, and also a delightful and engaging person to work with. He has a wide-ranging practice and excellent contacts, and is in the mode of the true international practitioner, particularly for large petrochemical and project work.

Seamless cross-jurisdictional practice. Norton Rose Fulbright has a very capable and (deservedly) well-regarded arbitration team which is supported by the firm’s highly skilled litigation team.  The team is experienced in both domestic and international litigation. The experience of team members has the consequence that the firm has all of the ability and resources to undertake the most complex of arbitrations.

‘Penelope Ford is delightful, very generous, and calm; thorough; incredibly busy but manages to juggle many different things.‘

 

Key clients

Acciona Infrastructure Australia

ANZ

Asahi Premium Beverages

Citibank N.A.

Cockram Construction

Costa Group Holding

Downer EDI

edotco Group Sdn Bhd

EISER Infrastructure

Exxon Mobil

Hanwha Mining Services Australia

Infrastructure Services Luxembourg S.a.r.l

JERA

McConnell Dowell Corporation

MMA Offshore

Oilex (JPDA 06-103)

Osaka Gas

POSCO Engineering & Construction

PT Dowell Anadrill Schlumberger

PT Macmahon Mining Services

RREEF

Schlumberger

Shell

SPI (208)

Tamarind Management Sdn Bhd

Theta Gold Mines

Tokyo Gas

Woodside

9REN Holdings Sarl

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright’s main focus is placed on regulatory disputes, with the team having a traditional strength in energy, infrastructure, and telecoms sector regulation; Grant Bonner is a stalwart of Sydney's regulatory litigation landscape. In addition, the group is consistently instructed on inquiries and Royal Commission issues, as well as class action proceedings involving insolvency, shareholder, securities, and product liability claims. Where needed in cross-border matters, the department draws on the expertise of the firm’s global capabilities across the Asia-Pacific, the US, Canada, and the UK; it also adopts a multi-disciplinary approach and acts hand in glove with its colleagues from the insolvency, environmental and construction teams. Rebecca Whittle (Sydney) sits at the helm of the litigation group and is a key contact for government prosecution work. Cameron Harvey (Melbourne) leads the disputes group.

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Testimonials

Norton Rose Fulbright’s litigation team represents parties in some of the largest and most difficult commercial cases in Sydney and around Australia.

Grant Bonner is one of the leading litigation solicitors in Sydney. He is technically highly skilled and I regard his judgment and forensic skills highly. Grant’s strategic and forensic input into cases is of the highest quality.

Pragmatic and commercial. Ability to engage with non-legal business stakeholders appropriately and without jargon.

Peter Cash brings a technical and commercial approach that I appreciate.

Key clients

Acciona Infratructure Australia Pty

ACCC

AMP Services

Arnold Bloch Leibler

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Carnival Australia

Coal Customers 4

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Commonwealth Department of Finance

Department of Defence

Department of Communities and Justice NSW

Department of Health NSW

Essential Energy

ExonMobil PNG Antelope

Former directors of QRxPharma

GM Holden

NSW Police Force

Qantas Airways

Tec Headland Pty

Thales Australia

Thorn Australia

Transport for NSW

United Petroleum

Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright is a trusted advisor to a variety of public and private sector clients, including multinational oil and gas companies, investment funds, and state and local governments. Alongside oil and gas and utilities, the firm has a strong niche in renewables and energy transition work, assisting major clients such as Shell in their moves away from hydrocarbons. The team also advises on transactions and regulatory issues, with expertise in legislative regimes across Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Perth-based practice head Paul Lingard is highly regarded for his multi-jurisdictional work for major clients, encompassing transactions, project developments, and operational issues. Also in Perth,  Dylan McKimmie heads up the oil & gas team. Syndey-based Kelly Davies is the firm's power lead, and advises on acquisitions and financing for major energy projects. Brisbane's Keira Brennan is active in the oil & gas sector, particularly LNG, working on infrastructure projects, disputes, and regulatory issues.

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Testimonials

The team contains a couple of key experts in the energy sector, these experts know the energy market inside and out and know the practicalities in dealing with developers and retailers for power purchase agreements. They are on top of all the upcoming legislative changes as well.

Kelly Davies has immense knowledge of the retail energy market in Australia and was able to assist a large buying group with a renewable energy power purchase agreement. Kelly was extremely responsive to client requests and assisted throughout the negotiation process to get to an agreement on key legal terms. Kelly always provided high quality advise and kept the interests of the clients front and center.’

Key clients

Shell Australia

Woodside

Capella Capital

Macquarie Bank Limited

Chevron

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Goldwind

Snowy Hydro

Genex Power

Bright Energy Investments

City of Sydney

Vestas

Schlumberger

BP

BHP

ExxonMobil

JXTG

Essential Energy

Financial services regulatory Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright acts for a global client base of international banks and financial institutions, as well as advising all the major Australian banks. The practice is known for its management of large-scale projects in the compliance space and has developed its risk advisory practice. Jon Ireland advises on the full range of corporate, commercial, and regulatory issues facing his financial services sector clients. He is co-head of the practice, alongside Claudine Salameh, who combines expertise in banking and insolvency litigation with a specialist FSR practice.

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Key clients

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Westpac

AMP

Macquarie

MLC Limited

QBE Insurance

HSBC

Mercer Investments

Westpac/BT Financial Group

ING Bank

Insurance Tier 2

Spearheaded by Sydney-based Tricia Hobson and Brisbane-based Brett Solomon, Norton Rose Fulbright’s insurance group is a destination preferred by large insurers and policyholders. The team acts on mandates in Australia, the US, and London, for which it is able to draw on the firm’s global resources; it counts contentious, regulatory, and corporate insurance among its strengths. In particular, the team’s strong suit on the class action front stands out due to its ability to acts as both coverage and defence counsel across trendy sectors such as construction, healthcare, and directors' and officers' liability. Notably, the team is also very active in Covid-19 issues, where Ray Giblett takes the lead on acting for travel and hospitality sector clients. In March 2020, a four-partner team including Nicole Wearne departed to Clyde & Co LLP as did Jacques Jacobs who joined in March 2021.

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Key clients

Allied World Assurance Company

Allity Pty

AMP Insurance

Ansvar

Brit Insurance

Chubb Insurance Australia

CommInsure Life Insurance

Coromin

HDI Gerling Australia Insurance Company

Insurance and Care NSW

Insurance Australia Group

Liberty International Underwriters

Markel

Medical Indemnity Protection Society

Metlife Life Insurance

MLC

Munich Re

QBE Insurance Group

Sonic Healthcare

TAL Life Insurance

Westpac Life Insurance

Winsure Underwriting Pty

WSP Australia Pty

Intellectual property Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright is well-positioned to act for large domestic and multinational brands, partially due to its ‘strong global footprint’ and its ‘extensive networks through the global IP community that can be brought to bear on any issue’. Primarily based in the firm’s Sydney-based office, the IP group advises on a full range of issues involving patents, trade marks, copyrights, designs, and trade secrets, both contentious and non-contentious. It also has strengths in franchise law, and sectors including life sciences and healthcare, consumer goods, energy, and financial services. The team is led by Frances Drummond - ‘a straight-shooter’ with deep expertise in trade mark law. Georgina Hey and Jackie O’Brien are also recommended. Senior associate Alyson Poole is also noted. 

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Testimonials

We conducted a tender process for our global IP work this year but ultimately retained Norton Rose Fulbright to manage our global portfolio because of the quality of the service combined with the strong global footprint. We also use the Norton Rose Fulbright offices in UK, US, and Asia for IP and other commercial work. Having a firm with a strong Australian base and able to manage other countries suits the style of our global business.

We deal mostly with Frances Drummond and Alyson Poole. Frances has assisted us with some complex disputes advice in the past year. We value Frances putting her knowledge of our business into providing genuine commercial solutions, balancing our risk profile, and the nature of the matter. Frances is easy to deal with and works hard for us. We also deal with Alyson regularly and find her very attentive to detail and easy to deal with.

Frances and Georgina led a team with deep experience. Both are domestically and internationally experienced and have extensive networks through the global IP community. They are proactive, responsive, and commercial.

Frances Drummond is a straight-shooter, commercial and gets things done.

Jackie O’Brien provides well-reasoned clear advice that is easily understood by non-lawyers. She is always concerned to consider practicalities as well as the strict legal position. She is responsive and a pleasure to work with.

Key clients

Accolade Wines

Aldi

Australia Post

Caltex

Carnival plc

Morphe Makeup

Country Road

Luxxottica Retail Australia

BNP PAribas

Nando’s

Target

Quayeyewear

Reflector Entertainment

Sarb

Goodman Fielder Pty

Nine Network

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright advises major telecommunications carriers on transactions and major projects, alongside acting for public sector clients on critical technology and tech infrastructure matters, including domestic and international infrastructure upgrades, procurement and outsourcing transactions, automation, and regulatory matters. Martyn Taylor has an extensive telecommunications practice, providing full service to carriers on transactional, contentious, and advisory matters. Nick Abrahams advises corporate clients on procurement transactions and cybersecurity matters, while Peter Mulligan specialises in communications law and acts for public and private clients on contracting arrangements and regulatory matters. Also recommended is newly-promoted partner Ka-Chi Cheung, who advises on both sides of procurement and technology projects. All lawyers mentioned are in Sydney.

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Key clients

Vodafone Group

AT&T

Vodafone Hutchison Australia

Megaport

NEP

AirTrunk

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Kacific

World Wide Fund for Nature

Mobile JV Co

Labour and employment Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright is distinguished by its reputation for handling strategic workplace investigations into employee conduct and compliance. Other clear strengths of the team are in advising on large-scale downsizing, corporate restructures and wind-downs, and in defending high-value, sensitive litigation, often involving allegations of discrimination and harassment. Industrial relations is another area of focus, especially involving the negotiation and drafting of enterprise agreements. The practice has an impressive roster of clients in the government sector, including major state and commonwealth agencies. Jason Noakes heads up the department from Sydney, with support from Sally Woodward (also Sydney), an expert on discrimination and harassment matters; the Brisbane-based Martin Osborne, who is known for his advice to clients in the energy, resources and infrastructure sectors; and the Melbourne-based Helene Lee, whose broad practice includes recent high-profile work in employment restructures.

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The reason I keep returning to NRF is Martin Osborne. Martin provides down-to-earth advice in a way which makes it easy for a layman like me to understand. As a client I am also able to explain to Martin what the outcome is that I am looking for and he will then work out the legal options available and recommend what is the best way to get there.

 

Key clients

New South Wales Police

A number of major contractors on the Ichthys LNG Project

Australian Federal Police

WPP AUNZ

Department of Health and Human Services

Comcare

Australian Building and Construction Commission

MYOB

Multiplex

Lendlease

Project development Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright has expanded its national projects team extensively, with standout additions including the transfer to Sydney of experienced projects leader Joanne Emerson Taqi from Bahrain, and Laura Walton's move to the Brisbane office from Clayton Utz. The firm acts throughout the life cycle of large-scale construction and infrastructure projects in the transport, energy, and mining sectors, with capabilities across bid tenders, contract agreements, transactions, disputes, and financing. Melbourne-based co-head Jo Crew advises on sponsor-side infrastructure development across transport and social infrastructure, with experience in complex PPP agreements. Sydney's Emanuel Confos oversees the construction team, working on industry standards, project documentation, and disputes. Luke van Grieken made partner in 2019 and has taken the lead on a number of major renewable energy projects.

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ACCIONA Infrastructure

Lendlease

John Holland Group

Brookfield / Multiplex

Capella Capital

Macquarie Capital

National Australia Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Goldwind

Grocon

Genex Power

Bright Energy Investments

City of Sydney

Vestas

Department of Defence

Anglo American

Urbanest

University of Wollongong (UOW)

Northern Territory Airports

AMP Capital

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

HRL Morrison

China Construction Bank Corporation

CWP Renewables

Signal Energy Australia

Anglicare

Thales

Icon Co

Calvary Health Care

BMD Constructions

Project finance Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright offers expertise in a variety of financing structures, including debt and equity, capital markets, and PPP arrangements. Clients include banks, investment funds, and corporate borrowers engaged in resources, technology, energy, and social infrastructure projects. The arrival of public sector and water projects specialist Joanne Emerson Taqi to the Sydney office from Bahrain bolstered the capabilities of the practice in long-term projects work. Melbourne-based Jo Crew advises on sponsor-side development work and lender-side financing matters, particularly in road, transport, and social infrastructure projects. Brisbane-based Chris Patten specialises in project finance and acquisition finance for infrastructure assets. Lisa Koch made partner in 2019 and has strong capabilities in African and emerging markets projects.

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Key clients

Westpac Bank

National Australian Bank

Commonwealth Bank

Australia and New Zealand Banking Corporation (ANZ Bank)

SMBC

ABN Amro

Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)

Mizuho Bank

Natixis

Crédit Agricole

Macquarie Capital

Dutch Infrastructure Fund

AirTrunk

University of Wollongong (UOW)

Perth Airport

Maoneng Australia

Capella Capital

CWP Renewables

Plenary Group

Northern Territory Airport

HRL Morrison & Co

New Hope VIMG

Lendlease

AMP

Anglo American

Real estate Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright is routinely entrusted for acquisitions, sales, developments, and leasing matters across a range of assets including residential, mixed-use, student accommodation, energy, and agriculture. Found among its key specialisms are urban redevelopments, social infrastructure projects, and owing to its enormous geographical footprint, inward investment into Australia by major global players. Michael French heads the practice from Brisbane, leveraging a long history of acting on all commercial property-related matters, including financing.

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Key clients

University of Wollongong

Goodman

Ashe Morgan

CS Agriculture Pty Ltd and Cubbie Ginnery Pty Ltd

GM Holden

Growthpoint

Blackstone

Caydon

Firmus Capital

Blue Sky

Stockland

AMP

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

The financial restructuring and insolvency group at Norton Rose Fulbright continues to deepen its bench strength at partner level, having promoted cross-border dispute specialist Jonathon Turner and active adviser to private equity Bernie Walrut to the partnership in January 2020 (both are based in Sydney). The department operates out of offices spanning Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth. Cross-border mandates are a particular strength of the practice, which draws on expertise from the firm's global network. The team is jointly led by Alex Mufford in Sydney and Steven Palmer in Melbourne. Other key names in the Sydney office are Scott Atkins, who often acts as an adviser to Australia's leading banks and insolvency practitioners, and cross-border insolvency expert John Martin. In the Perth office, the go-to practitioner for resource sector work is Jefferey Black.

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Testimonials

The Norton Rose Sydney Restructuring team, specifically Bernie and Alex, are leaders in the Australian insolvency market. They provide advice from operationally stressed situations all the way through to highly financially distressed situations.

Bernie Walrut & Alex Mufford are very high performers in the reconstruction industry in Australia. They are distinguished by their ‘customer first’ approach and go out of their way to understand the problem from the customers’ perspective – they excel in walking in their clients’ shoes.

Key clients

Asian Development Bank

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Bank of America

Bank of New York Mellon

BDO

Blue Sky Alternative Investments

Citibank

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Deloitte

EY

Ferrier Hodgson (now KPMG)

Grant Thornton

KordaMentha

McGrathNicol

National Australia Bank

PwC

Westpac

Competition and trade Tier 3

At Norton Rose Fulbright, Sydney-based Nick McHugh leads the 'very commercial' antitrust and competition team, which assists its blue-chip client base with domestic and cross-border merger clearances, as well as defending complex ACCC investigations. The group has a particular strength in regulatory matters in the energy, telecoms and infrastructure industries. Other standout practitioners in Sydney include trade law group leader Martyn Taylor, Belinda Harvey and Claire Forster. Melbourne-based Andrew Riordan is a key contact for strategic contentious issues.

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‘What impressed me the most was their intimate knowledge of how the ACCC operated and the key angles to work in order to argue our matter successfully. The team were very commercial and quickly understood our business (which many do not) and its nuances – this really translated in their output and ultimately led to the success of our matter with the ACCC NRF represented us on. The team were always responsive, professional but with a great personal touch. The team’s quality really shone through when compared to the other law firm (another preeminent global law firm) working on the same matter (acting for our merger counterpart) – it was night and day and without NRF’s services, we would not have achieved the result we sought.’

‘Belinda Harvey is extremely personable and professional. She has a deep knowledge of competition law and how the ACCC operate, holds excellent relationships with various levels at the ACCC which proved invaluable and was able to quickly understand our business and rapidly drill into the fundamental issues to solve. She is highly responsive at all hours of the day and was an absolute pleasure to work with. Belinda’s senior associate, Zoe Lonard, was equally excellent in all aspects of her work. Essentially a junior version of Belinda, Zoe was the rare lawyer that understood both her area of law and our business extremely well so as to deliver a great outcome for us. Again, a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

1st Energy

Ampol Management Services

Ashley & Martin Pty

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Australian Energy Regulator

Australian Securities & Investment Commission

Anglo American Australia

China Mengniu Dairy

CPA Australia

Digicel

GlaxoSmithKline Plc

General Motors

GrainCorp

Hyundai

Kumul Telikom Holding

Lilydale Instant Lawn Pty

Linfox Australia Pty

Macquarie Bank

Medibank Private

Megaport

Morton Bay Regional Council

NSW Department of Planning and Environment

PayPal Inc

Resource Management Services LLC

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Santos GLNG

Schindler Lifts Australia Pty

Snack Brands

South 32

Total Gas & Power Asia Private

Vodafone Hutchison Australia

Volkswagen Group Australia Pty

Westpac Banking Corporation

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright advises on public and private M&A transactions, private equity deals, joint ventures, disposals, and venture capital investments, alongside equity capital markets financing, regulatory support, and corporate governance advice. Clients include high-profile Australian businesses and multinationals in industries such as telecommunications, technology, and energy. Experienced practice head Richard Lewis advises global private equity sponsors and other investors, including family offices and ASX-listed groups, on a range of acquisitions and disposals. John Elliott is highly regarded by clients and peers for his role in major transactions, including acting for Vodafone on its merger with TPG.

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Vodafone Hutchison Australia

China Mengniu Dairy Company

Sumitomo Chemical Company

Golden Energy and Resources

Downer EDI / Spotless Group

Technology Crossover Ventures

Excel Operations as trustee for Excel Operations Holding Trust

Tiger Resources

QBE Insurance

Shell Australia

Ferrier Hodgson

Madison Dearborn

Summit Partners

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

ATP

Dispute resolution: class actions Tier 3

Clients appreciate Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘dedication to clients and business interests’. Acting on the plaintiff- and defendant-side the department adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to class action litigation – an area in which its work spans shareholder, securities, mass tort, consumer, and product liability claims. IP litigator Cameron Harvey in Melbourne heads up the dispute resolution group. Sydney-based insurance specialist Tricia Hobson heads up the class actions practice; she is currently taking a lead role in the firm’s defence of Arnold Bloch Leibler in class action proceedings raising questions regarding the duty of care owed by solicitors to shareholders in the context of fundraising.

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Testimonials

The litigation team worked really well with their corporate partners, and another firm. The put their work in context. They were great team players.

Ann Donohue is a very pragmatic lawyer, with a strong ability to articulate issues and alternatives clearly and succinctly.

Significant expertise, diverse team, excellent capability.

Toby Biddle is an excellent operator. Happy to look at big and small matters and adapts well as required. An excellent sounding board.

They provide personalized support and good advice. They are a client-driven firm, supporting their clients during the litigation challenges.

Their dedication to clients and business interests. They are a trusted and supportive advisor – they are in the litigation arena with you and have your back. Jack Pembroke-Birss and Ann Donahue should be called out specifically in this regard. Nothing was too much trouble for Jack – he was always there for us both in support and advice; a very good legal mind and a pleasure to work with. Ann is a hugely experienced litigator, a calm influence and excellent strategist.

Key clients

Arnold Bloch Leibler

Commonwealth of Australia

HSBC Bank Australia

KPMG

National Australia Bank

Smith & Nephew

SunWater

Thorn Australia Pty

WSP Engineers

Labour and employment: workplace health and safety (WHS) Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright's workplace health and safety team is known for working closely with the firm's construction, engineering, and environment and planning teams to advise clients carrying out major infrastructure projects, particularly those in the transport sector. In addition to the defence of regulatory enforcement actions and criminal prosecutions, the department provides advisory support, training, and governance management systems.  Sydney-based practice head Katherine Morris is a trusted advisor to major clients in the construction, transport, and energy sectors for both strategic and contentious matters.

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Testimonials

Nicki Millionis’ incredibly calm and professional approach brought significant stability and guidance to our business. She included OHS experts to provide high-level advice to a situation that was incredibly stressful. There was no doubt about Nicki’s depth of knowledge and experience in regards to all aspects of law for this field and this is one of the very reasons we choose a firm like NRF as they have always provided excellent advice.’

There’s no doubt a firm like NRF had the capacity, network, and resources to quickly react to a very tragic and difficult situation and was able to provide the advice and suggested pathway for the business to consider in managing the situation with the best interests of all in mind.’

Key clients

APA Group

Laing O’Rourke Australia

Qube Holdings

Thales Group

Saxon Energy Services Australia

Acciona Infrastructure Company

Lendlease

McConnell Dowell

Multiplex

Mirvac

Department of Health and Human Services

Epic Energy

Logos Property

CWP Energy

Native title Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright advises on native title and indigenous rights elements of major energy, resources, and infrastructure projects across Australia, as well as in the Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Issues include land access permissions, compensation and disputes, and the negotiation of long-term native title agreements between Indigenous groups and proponents. Brisbane's Gavin Scott heads up the team, and is a regular advisor to major national and international resources and energy companies on native title issues relating to large-scale projects, and is often instructed on this basis. Melbourne's Elisa de Wit specialises in planning and environmental issues and has significant experience in Aboriginal cultural heritage issues and litigation involving traditional owners.

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Key clients

Shell Australia

Stockland Australia

Shell Australia

Asian Renewable Energy Hub

Anglo American

Waverly Shire Council

APA

Mirning Green Energy Hub

Chevron Australia

Peninsular Ports

Equator Principles Association

Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright has a strong record in natural resources work across Australia, with significant presence in Perth and Brisbane. The firm advises high-profile mining and minerals clients, including major domestic and international producers, handling corporate and regulatory issues of major developments and projects. In Brisbane, practice co-head Keira Brennan is recognised as a key player in the mining sector, advising major clients such as Anglo-American on transactions, regulatory issues, and disputes. Gavin Scott specialises in life-cycle project development, with expertise in regulatory regimes across Australia and native title issues. In Perth, co-head Jake Howard works on financing and transactions for mining and commodity banks and developers, while Paul Lingard and David Jewkes are noted for their M&A expertise in the mining sector.

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Key clients

Anglo American

South32

BHP

NW Interconnected Power

Multicom Resources

Arrow Energy

Tiger Resources

Golden Energy and Resources

New Hope

Castleton Commodities

Strandline Resources

Emerald Resources

Woodside Energy

Yancoal

Aquilla Resources

Total

Shell/OGC

Chevron

Tax Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright is known for its specialist support on M&A transactions, in addition to covering the spectrum of direct and indirect tax and revenue advice. Sydney-based team head Greg Reinhardt is highly reputed as a leading tax adviser to clients in the not-for-profit sector. In significant team news, Adam Smith was promoted to partner in Melbourne in July 2019. His area of specialism is in M&A and W&I insurance deals, especially for private equity clients; this is another area of work that the team continues to develop.

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Testimonials

‘The NRF Tax team is extremely experienced with advising on Tax related matters in insuring mergers and acquisitions (i.e. Warranty and Indemnity Insurance). They display very strong technical skills, as well as appreciating the commercial overlay of our product. Their advice is timely, consistent, and dependable.’

‘Adam Smith is a technically strong, dependable and trustworthy adviser.’

‘The Norton Rose Fulbright tax practice in Australia is well-rounded, commercial and always delivers.’

‘Adam Smith is an exceptional tax advisor in Australian legal practice. He is not only highly technical and experienced in many areas of tax law (both direct and indirect), Adam is also commercial, thorough and responsive. You can always count on Adam to help you finalise the tax aspects of your deal or your tax advice, which is why he is highly well-regarded in our industry.’

‘Responsive and understand our business. Do not undertake unnecessary work.’

‘Right mix of technical and commercial advice.’

‘In addition to offering a full range of deal tax services, Norton Rose Fulbright is a market leading Tax Warranty & Indemnity practice which in turn informs their transactional practice. They also partner comprehensively with their litigation lawyers for dispute work.’

‘Adam Smith is a standout deal tax and TWI practitioner and partners with their litigation team effectively and comprehensively to deliver litigation (including strategic litigation).’

‘Ben Davis is a skilled and experienced litigator and is capable of partnering with the tax team on revenue tax litigation.’

Key clients

NSW Rural Fire Service

The Chappell Foundation

Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of NSW

J2SI VIC SIB Limited (Sacred Heart Mission)

Capital markets

Norton Rose Fulbright maintains an active practice across debt and equity capital and securitisation markets. The firm's global footprint allows the department to provide a service that operates smoothly across jurisdictions and that attracts major international clients. The DCM offering is headed up by the Sydney-based James Morris, who has recently been appointed by the Asian Development Bank to advise on the systematic development of the domestic capital markets in Myanmar. Jeremy Wickens leads the ECM team, while Alex Mufford in Sydney is in charge of the securitisation practice. In a significant change to the team, ECM and M&A specialist James Stewart departed for DLA Piper in September 2019.

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Key clients

Asian Development Bank

Bank of Nova Scotia

National Australia Bank

Deutsche Bank

Citibank

Bank of New York Mellon

ME Bank

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Papua New Guinea > Leading firms Tier 3

Now solely operating out of its Australia offices, the PNG team at Norton Rose Fulbright is highly experienced advising international clients on matters related to inbound investment into areas such as energy and natural resources, transport, and urban development. Head of the team Keira Brennan focuses primarily on corporate, M&A, and energy, while special counsel Paul Toua has taken on a more active leadership role in the team on corporate energy and resources matters. Principal consultant Karo Lelai departed for private practice in June 2020, but will continue to consult on key matters.

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Testimonials

Partners Karo Lelai in Port Moresby and Gavin Scott in Brisbane are terrific. Counsel Paul Toua is also terrific.’

Key clients

China Railway Construction Engineering (PNG) Limited

PNG Ports Corporation Limited

Star Mountain Plaza Limited

Papua New Guinea APEC 2018 Co-ordination Authority (The Independent State of Papua New Guinea)

Mineral Resources Development Company Limited

New Britain Palm Oil Limited

Virgin Australia Airlines (SE Asia) Pty Limited

PNG Air Limited

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

PUMA Energy PNG Ltd

Tribune Mt Care Gold Ltd

Nissan Motor Asia Pacific Company Limited

Igiri Petroleum Limited

RK Raggiana Medical Group Ltd

The firm: Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. It provides the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. There are more than 4,000 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

Recognised for its industry focus, it is strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Knowing how its clients’ businesses work and understanding what drives its industries is fundamental to the firm. Through its global risk advisory group, it leverages its industry experience with its knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide its clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing its businesses.

It operates in accordance with its global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. It aims to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of its offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps co-ordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, New York, Houston, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Toronto, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see nortonrosefulbright.com/legal-notices.

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 Keira Brennan  photo Keira Brennan www.nortonrosefulbright.com/people/113419/keirabrennan
Mr Damien Butler  photo Mr Damien Butler Partner
Mr Matthew Derrick  photo Mr Matthew Derrick Partner
Mr Michael French  photo Mr Michael French Partner
Ms Rebecca Hoare  photo Ms Rebecca Hoare Partner
Mr Ashley Jones  photo Mr Ashley Jones Partner
Mr Martin Osborne  photo Mr Martin Osborne Partner
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Mr Andrew Rankin  photo Mr Andrew Rankin Partner
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Ms Christine Small  photo Ms Christine Small Partner
Mr Gerard Timbs  photo Mr Gerard Timbs Partner
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Number of lawyers : 4,000+