Corrs Chambers Westgarth > Melbourne, Australia > Firm Profile

Corrs Chambers Westgarth
LEVEL 36, BOURKE PLACE
600 BOURKE STREET
MELBOURNE, VIC 3000
Australia

Australia > Construction Tier 1

With a notable focus on the transport, energy, natural resources and public sectors, Corrs Chambers Westgarth has a strong track record in contentious and non-contentious mandates. The firm is currently advising multiple sponsors and contractors on bids and construction activity regarding the Sydney Metro project. Andrew Stephenson  leads the firm’s practice from Melbourne, specialising in contractual risk allocation, dispute resolution and inbound and outbound investment transactions. Deputy head of projects Matthew Muir focus on commercial litigation arising during the life-span of energy, natural resources and infrastructure projects. Chris Ryder is another key name to note, with a strong contentious and transactional practice.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Stephenson; Matthew Muir

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Terrific client engagement, sound knowledge and experience in the relevant subject matter.’

‘Chris Ryder is exemplary; the best of the best. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Chris on a complicated dispute. It has had his full attention and he has maintained a working knowledge of the intimate details of the case. He has, at all times, been strategic and a trusted sounding board, and he has worked with our broader business in a way that demonstrates to me that he is sensitive to our management and business priorities. He has had numerous and ongoing conversations with the lawyers in our business about resourcing and costs and has continually worked with us to pursue the right balance of external legal spend and inhouse work.’

‘The team has experienced partners who are hands on and provide valuable input, as well as manage a group of highly talented lawyers in an effective and efficient manner.’

‘They are the construction experts. I have not met a single Corrs construction partner with whom I do not feel I am in a ‘safe pair of hands’. In addition, the lawyers with whom I’ve worked are strategic, commercial, emotionally intelligent and excellent at building and maintaining strong relationships with their clients.’

‘Very large team with many excellent partners, a deep bench of terrific senior associates, and high quality juniors. I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a better construction team in the country.’

‘Corrs’ construction practice has built up an excellent understanding of our business through providing practical and pragmatic solutions for our projects over many years.’

‘Good working relationship and accessible even outside of work.’

‘Their strength is their highly skilled and incredibly responsive team. The team’s availability, extensive knowledge and outcome-focused approach gives us great confidence. In fact, it has been integral to us achieving great project outcomes. You expect technical expertise from your panel of lawyers, but on a major fast-paced construction project, you need incredible responsiveness, sometimes at a moments’ notice. That is the difference; excellence and responsiveness make them the “go to” construction law firm.’

Key clients

Bombardier/Alstom

DIF Capital Partners

Queensland Government

Victorian Government

CIMIC Group

John Holland Pty Ltd

Bouygues Construction Australia Pty Ltd.

Fortescue Metals Group Limited

Acciona Construction Australia Ltd.

Santos

UGL Limited

CPB Contractors

Downer Engineering

Pacific Partnerships

Ghella

Opal Australia

St George Community Housing

Inpex

Woodside Energy

Work highlights

  • Acting for CH2M Hill as one of three respondents in Western Australian Supreme Court proceedings brought by JKC in relation to the construction of the power station for Inpex’s Ichthys Project.
  • Advising multiple sponsors and contractors (including John Holland, CPB and Ghella, plus Grocon and Oxford Properties) in relation to bids and construction activity concerning key tunnelling, excavation and over-station works in the mammoth Sydney Metro project.
  • Advising QIC, a Queensland state government owned investment corporation, on project conception, construction and delivery of new build and refurbishment works for retail shopping centres and commercial buildings in Australia, including an AUD600m mixed‑use commercial and hotel development at 80 Collins Street in Melbourne CBD.

Australia > Data protection Tier 1

Corrs Chambers Westgarth handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious data privacy and governance matters, working across the financial services, technology, and retail sectors, as well as advising governments on Australian data provisions. The team is led by James North , who has a strong focus on technology, media and telecoms work, and advises major domestic and international businesses, including leading Big Tech clients. Eugenia Kolivos has a strong specialism in complex technology and data commercialisation, alongside privacy advice, while Brisbane’s Helen Clarke handles data breaches, commercialisation issues and global privacy reviews. Melbourne’s Arvind Dixit advises on a wide range of public and private IT projects, including data considerations. Lawyers are in Sydney unless otherwise indicated. Senior associate Jennifer Dean  has now joined Johnson Winter & Slattery.

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Testimonials

‘The people comprising the team work collegially and cohesively, so as a client we experience integrated and consistent approaches in advice even though it may be provided by a range of team members. Uniformly great cultural and service attributes: great listeners, considered and responsive.’

‘Arvind Dixit’s excellent and precise communication skills mean complex matters can be understood by all managers involved, at all levels of the organisation. Arvind also has a good practical appreciation of how data protection can impact operational and public reputational issues. Arvind can turn around advice rapidly, and we found he was incredibly accessible and responsive whenever we have placed a call at critical times (above and beyond).’

‘The Corrs team has excellent expertise in the area of privacy and data protection. Offering a deep understanding of our business and a practical, risk-based approach to advice, our company relies on Corrs as a trusted adviser in relation to data and privacy issues.’

‘Helen Clarke is a respected expert in this practice area, who listens, is friendly and responsive and has a calm and considered approach and you can rely on her.’

‘What we value is not only the Corrs Data Protection Team’s expertise, but the Corrs Team truly working together with the In-house Legal Team as ONE team to deliver great results for our organisation. The Corrs Team’s professionalism, commitment, friendly and easy going approach makes them a pleasure to work with, particularly in challenging circumstances. They live the value of being trusted expert advisers.’

‘Arvind is the kind of knowledgeable and calm adviser that you need in a crisis. He is very responsive when urgent advice is required.’

Key clients

Google

Mastercard International Inc.

Intuit Inc.

Flybuys

NBN Co Limited (National Broadband Network)

StockX

Splunk

Oxfam

Canva

Standards Australia

Woodside

Australia Post

Square

Adobe

Work highlights

  • Advised Mastercard on the Australian privacy and data protection aspects of Mastercard’s acquisition of Finicity Corporation.
  • Advised Splunk on the key privacy and regulatory frameworks applicable to the B2B Cloud market in Australia and compliance with APRA prudential standards.
  • Representing Google in the ‘location history’ proceedings commenced by the ACCC in the Federal Court, in which the regulator alleges that Google engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct in relation to the collection, retention and use of consumers’ location data on Android phones and tablets.

Australia > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Corrs Chambers Westgarth‘s sizeable team acts for international and domestic corporates in high-value arbitrations, in particular across the Asia Pacific. The practice has expertise in various sectors, including natural resources, infrastructure, oil and gas, and life sciences, and is experienced in investment treaty arbitrations. Brisbane-based Joshua Paffey leads the practice and is noted for his significant cross-border expertise; he was recently appointed as an executive director of ACICA. Sydney-based Michael Earwaker is strong in the construction arena. Andrew Stephenson is national head of the firm’s projects practice and is skilled in projects-related disputes and international arbitration. Charles Scerri QC joined the team in June 2021 after retiring from the bar. All named lawyers are based in Melbourne unless stated otherwise. Since publication, Bronwyn Lincoln departed.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team is lead by several of the best arbitration practitioners in Australia. It has real depth in its associates at both senior and junior levels. Has certainly one of the most knowledgeable and experienced practice internationally.’

‘The team has breadth and depth of experience in relation to international construction disputes with reach across Asia.’

‘It is a very large practice, with more partners than most firms have in the area, and a deep bench of experienced senior associates and well trained associates. Unlike some other large firms, they are looking to try new ways of doing things.’

‘Corrs is the only Australian practice I have worked with that has a strong presence in most States and Territories and does a significant amount of work on overseas projects. ’

‘Andrew Stephenson has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and the ability to impart his knowledge both orally and in writing. Would rank in everyone’s top 5 arbitration specialists in the country. One of the few with a truly international practices. Michael Earwaker has developed into a formidable team leader in both arbitration and infrastructure disputes both domestically and internationally. As counsel I have found the firm provides enormous support in even the most complex cases’

‘Team leader Joshua Paffey stands out. Great team leader. Highly experienced. Excellent with clients.’

‘Michael Earwaker and Carla Mills are both smart and work tremendously hard for us, often under difficult circumstances’

‘The individuals I have worked with stand out, mainly because they work well as a team nationally and demand excellence. The stand-out partners are Michael Earwaker and Joshua Paffey.’

Key clients

Hancock Prospecting

Acciona Agua Australia

Downer EDI

Laing O’Rourke

JX Nippon

Oil Search Limited

Barrick (Niugini) Gold

ISGEC Heavy Engineering

CH2M Hill Companies

CPB Contractors

EnviroGold Limited

M Resources

Google

Work highlights

  • Acting for CH2M Hill as one of three respondents in Western Australian Supreme Court proceedings brought by JKC who was seeking declarations on the proper construction of Parent Company Guarantees, in relation to the construction of the power station for Inpex’s Ichthys LNG Power Plant Project.
  • Acting for Hancock Prospecting in various court proceedings in the High Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia, Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Supreme Court of Western Australia regarding referral of various claims for dividends worth billions of dollars, and allegations of corporate oppression

Australia > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

The commercial litigation practice at Corrs Chambers Westgarth is led from Sydney by Mark Wilks, who is frequently called upon to assist international firms. The team acts for domestic and international corporations, service providers and government entities, and is particularly strong in litigation in the technology and financial services sectors, in addition to acting in Royal Commissions. James Whittaker is skilled in class actions, Royal Commission inquiries and product liability claims, whilst special counsel David Anthony has strengths in political and corporate governance matters. Perth-based Kirsty Sutherland is a notable team member with a focus on claims relating to the energy and natural resources sectors. The Melbourne office was also joined by Charles Scerri QC in June 2021, following his retirement from the bar.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Corrs has a highly skilled and experienced commercial litigation practice, with very capable lawyers. The Corrs team have the forensic skills and tactical experience to achieve the commercial results sought by their clients. They are easy to work with, and focused on achieving the result sought by clients. ’

‘Their strength is the service they provide over and above the instruction. They are approachable, helpful, regularly share industry insights and articles and offer support, sometimes before we know we need it. They are the stand out law firm from this perspective.’

‘Corrs are one of, if not the, pre-eminent full service dispute resolution practices in Australia, with strength in depth across commercial litigation, insolvency, class actions, arbitration, IP, and other areas. They have good people in all the main state capitals, they have real industry and sector expertise, and they act for claimants as well as defendants so they see both sides of the picture.’

‘I have worked with a variety of partners and associates at Corrs Chambers on cases from insolvency to modern slavery. All of them have been professional, knowledgeable, responsive and mindful of the situation in-house lawyers are in. The lawyers act as if they are part of the team and not as external consultants. We have had a long term relationship with many of them and they understand our business and needs.’

‘Mark Wilks is one of Sydney’s leading commercial litigation partners, experienced in large scale commercial litigation including ‘bet the company’ litigation. His skill and experience in litigation of that type, and ability to supervise a team of solicitors, often working with other partners, places him in a rarefied category of leading commercial litigation solicitors.’

‘Simon Johnson is a very experienced, client focused and skilled litigation partner. He has a long and established history of acting for and achieving results for commercial clients, particularly in technology disputes.’

‘David Anthony is a hardworking and very considered young partner, experienced in the most complicated disputes. He is a delight to work with.’

‘James Whittaker is a masterful tactician and always thinking ahead. Very focussed on alternatives to litigation.’

Key clients

Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd

Veolia Environnement

Google

Infrastructure NSW

Victorian Government, Department of Justice and Community Safety

NSW Health

Royal Commission

Jennifer Hocking

Work highlights

  • Acting for Hancock Prospecting, Australia’s largest private company, in various court proceedings in the High Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia, Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Supreme Court of Western Australia regarding the referral of various claims for dividends worth billions of dollars, and allegations of corporate oppression, to confidential arbitration.
  • Acting for Veolia Environnement, a Paris Euronext listed company, in relation to competitor Suez SA’s rejection of Veolia’s takeover bid to acquire 100% of the shares of Suez.
  • Defending Google in the ‘location history’ proceedings commenced by the ACCC in the Federal Court, in which the regulator alleges that Google engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct in relation to the collection, retention and use of consumers’ location data on Android phones and tablets.

Australia > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Corrs Chambers Westgarth acts for Australian and global corporations, major IT, telecoms and social media companies, and government institutions on major infrastructure and transformation projects, commercial mandates, disputes, product launches and regulatory matters. Assisting international clients on their investments into Australian telecoms assets is another strength of the team. Sydney-based James North is head of the group and is active in high-profile telecoms mandates for major Australian telecoms carriers. In Melbourne, Philip Catania, who has a background in both law and computer science, and is thus particularly skilled in handling technology disputes, whilst Helen Clarke in Brisbane acts for both public and private sector clients on their technology outsourcing transactions and software licensing agreements. Arvind Dixit is also a notable team member in the Melbourne office.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Great experience in IT procurement.’

‘Corrs invests time in gaining a deep understanding of their clients’ business and is able to provide full-service support for all aspects of their external legal requirements. Corrs have provided innovative support to our team through virtual secondments, short term contractor placements and capped fee arrangements.’

‘A combination of experience across technology platforms and solutions, and strengths in the section. Training capability and seminars are also up to date, and ready to use recommended base documents that can be tailored to suit a client’s needs.’

‘Highly effective use of expertise combined with a good understanding of our organisation’s business and working together with our organisation’s operations, commercial and legal teams as one team to deliver great outcomes. The Corrs team are professionals, committed, responsive and easy to work with and it makes work more enjoyable.’

‘Helen Clarke is an expert advisor you can rely on. She listens, is friendly and responsive, has a calm and considered approach and works with you. She leads a team and engages well to make arrangements that meet the needs of and support her clients.’

‘Phil Catania, Arvind Dixit and Helen Clarke are partners who have led projects and provided pragmatic but legally considered astute guidance.’

‘Arvind Dixit provides pragmatic and responsive legal support to our business in relation to a broad range of technology and digital transactional matters. His deep understanding of our business and practical approach to risk means that he is able to provide cost-effective legal support that focuses on the material issues. Arvind has provided practical support across a number of unique and complex matters for our business.’

‘Arvind Dixit has an unusual combination of great technical knowledge and a very commercial approach. He is very responsive and delivers top quality advice.’

Key clients

Google

Mastercard International Inc.

State of Queensland

Intuit Inc.

Mark43

Flybuys

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Vodafone Plc

NBN Co Limited

Canva

StockX

Splunk

Oxfam

Canva

Work highlights

  • Defending Google in the ‘location history’ proceedings commenced by the ACCC in the Federal Court, in which the regulator alleges that Google engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct in relation to the collection, retention and use of consumers’ location data on Android phones and tablets.
  • Acting for Mark43 after its being appointed by NSW Police to deliver the state’s new integrated policing operating system, which will replace the force’s 27 year old core operational policing system.
  • Acting for Oxfam in relation to a major data breach incident concerning the information of a large number of Australians.

Australia > Real estate Tier 1

Corrs Chambers Westgarth advises major investors, sponsors, corporate occupiers, commercial landlords and banks in connection with mega projects throughout Australia. In one outstanding matter, the firm is assisting Mirvac with its 3.2-hectare, AUD1bn housing development. Nathaniel Popelianski , who leads the practice from Melbourne, handles a varied portfolio of large real estate transactions. Sydney partner Peter Calov specialises in all areas of commercial property, including project development, financing, title structures and joint venture arrangements. Paul Carrick  (Sydney) stands out for his expertise advising investors, developers, tenants and community-based housing providers in relation to all facets of their projects. Natalie Bryant (Sydney) frequently assists major property developers with corporate and commercial work.

Practice head(s):

Nathaniel Popelianski

Other key lawyers:

Peter Calov; Paul Carrick; Natalie Bryant; Andrew Leadston; Beth Crilly

Testimonials

‘The Corrs RE team are subject matter leaders in the real estate sector.’

‘Corrs has a stand-out real estate team. ’

‘What differentiates Corrs Chambers Westgarth is their ability to distill and communicate clearly complex legal advice so that it’s practical for the business to apply, giving us great business results. ’

‘The Corrs Team consistently provides professional, informed and timely advice that assist me in my decision making. I very much appreciate the patience they take with me to ensure I am fully informed and supported in all legal aspects of my projects.

‘Corrs property team have significant bench strength and experience in property and are backed up by other areas of their practice to compliment the property work which they draw on strategically and collaboratively. They enjoy a well deserved reputation as leading property legal support providers. ’

‘Nathaniel Popelienski has enviable market knowledge, a pro-active strategic approach, is pragmatic and commercial. His capabilities have earned respect across the industry, which along with his intelligent, respectful and deeply prepared negotiation style leads to great outcomes for his clients. Nathanial is well supported by Beth Crilly.’

‘We have been impressed by the practice’s ability to work across states and while running a variety of matters remotely (in the COVID-19 environment), maintain a high level of service.’

Paul Carrick – approachable/available, well known in the industry, good knowledge of industry, practical/commercial, good technical knowledge.  Andy Leadston – approachable/available, practical/commercial, good technical knowledge, responsive.’

Key clients

Blackstone

Mirvac (client over 20 years)

National Australia Bank (client over 10 years)

BlackRock

Coles Group (client for over 7 years)

Port of Melbourne

DWS (a division of Deutsche Bank)

Frasers Property Limited (client over 10 years)

Metro North Hospital and Health Service

Investa Property Group

Risland (formerly Country Garden)

Queensland Government (client over 10 years)

Stockland (client over 30 years)

Oxford Property Group

ISPT

Charter Hall

QIC

TIAA

Brookfield

Time&Place

Work highlights

  • Advising National Australia Bank (NAB) on three huge office projects, including a new Melbourne headquarters comprising a 66,000sqm tower which will be valued at close to A$1bn.
  • Acting for Blackstone on the A$1bn plus divestment of retail and logistics assets.
  • Advising Mirvac on its 3.2-hectare, A$1bn development, ‘Nine by Mirvac’, which will comprise a boutique collection of 460 apartments and townhouses across 10 mid-rise buildings, as well as 6,000sqm of public space.

Australia > Banking and finance Tier 2

Corrs Chambers Westgarth provides a ‘commercially pragmatic view‘ when instructed on lending and restructuring mandates, acquisition, infrastructure and project finance transactions, derivatives and corporate finance affairs. The team, which is led by the broad expertise of Rommel Harding-Farrenberg, is equipped to support all parties to a transaction including national and international banks, non-bank financial institutions, and major multinational companies, counting the food and beverages, financial services, construction, real estate, and aquaculture sectors as its key fields. The practice’s leveraged and acquisition finance capabilities were recently bolstered by the high-profile arrival of John Mosley from MinterEllison who supplements a back bench which includes international finance specialist, Brad Husband, as well as special counsel Megan Russell, adept in the financing of a various asset types. Named lawyers form part of the Sydney office with the exception of Husband who works from Melbourne. The team has been further boosted with the arrival of Adam Stapledon and James Abbott from Allen & Overy LLP in early 2022.

Testimonials

‘Good partner involvement, good depth in the team. Matches it with the bigger firms and is significantly more price-friendly.’

‘Brad Husband – commercial, responsive, personable, knowledgeable, and delivers.’

‘Right people for the right task meaning they don’t over service and give pragmatic advice.’

‘Strong trust, commercially pragmatic view, willingness to help us achieve the goal without pushing belts and braces approaches that waste time.’

‘Rommel Harding – commercial, pragmatic, sensible – a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

Coca-Cola European Partners plc

Silver Lake

Mirvac Residential (NSW) Developments Pty Ltd

Medibank Health Solutions Pty Limited

St George Community Housing Ltd

CuString Pty Ltd

Seafarms Group Limited

DWS Investments

Pacific Alliance Group

Virgin Airlines Australia

Broad Peak Investment Advisers Pte Ltd

Pulse Partnerships Pty Limited ATF Pulse

National Australia Bank

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Macquarie Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the lenders providing finance to Velocity Frequent Flyer Pty Ltd (VFF), the operator of Virgin Australia’s loyalty program, in the context of Virgin Australia’s administration.
  • Advising Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) on its proposed A$11.1bn acquisition of Coca-Cola Amatil (Amatil).
  • Advised Silver Lake, a US-based private equity house and a global leader in technology investing, on financing its acquisition of TEG, Asia Pacific’s leading live entertainment and ticketing company, from Affinity Equity Partners, estimated at around A$1.3bn.

Australia > Competition and trade Tier 2

Corrs Chambers Westgarth handles major merger filings and competition investigations for multinational clients and a growing number of domestic businesses and Australian subsidiaries. The firm is heavily involved in many of the ACCC’s high-profile Big Tech investigations, acting for clients including Google, and also regularly works with major US-based buyout funds on merger clearances for business-critical acquisitions. Mark McCowan  co-heads the team and is an experienced and effective competition practitioner, leading on many of the team’s top mandates. In terms of trade, co-head Andrew Korbel  is particular strong in advising multinationals on market entry regulations, and representing companies in anti-dumping investigations. Melbourne-based Alistair Newton  continues to grow his profile, specialising in merger clearances for clients in a variety of sectors, while Richard Flitcroft  is highly experienced in handling ACCC investigations. Special counsel Ian Reynolds  plays a key role in M&A and cartel work. The practice was further bolstered in early 2021 by the arrival of Jodi Gray from King & Wood Mallesons. Lawyers are in Sydney unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Corrs’ strengths lie in its broad team of subject matter experts that are able to cover multiple areas of law. Corrs provides in-depth analysis on specific areas of law that require a high level of competency. Corrs understands our business and compliance requirements well due to the long standing relationship we have with the firm.’

‘Richard Flitcroft has a long standing relationship with our in-house legal team, and has for many years provided our team with Australian Consumer Law advice. Richard is an approachable, astute and professional partner. He is always willing to assist and is responsive to our team’s requirements. He is highly regarded by our team.’

‘The team demonstrates great professionalism in its work, specifically, in the field of international trade remedy. One of the team’s key edges is its sound grasp of industrial knowledge combined with legal expertise, which comes in handy when handling trade investigations.’

‘The lawyers are cooperative and responsive to the needs of their clients. The partner, Andrew Korbel, stands out as an efficient collaborator and a trusted individual.’

Key clients

Google

Facebook

Coles Group

Wesfarmers

BP

Coca-Cola European Partners plc

Johnson & Johnson

Medibank

Santos

Aurizon Network Pty Ltd

REA Group

AB InBev

Comcast Corporation

Refinitiv Holdings Limited

EBOS Group

Opal Australia (formerly known as Australian Paper)

Woodside Energy

Fuji Xerox Australia Pty Ltd

Hoover Group Inc.

Wright Medical Group N.V.

nbn co

Southern Cross Media

Australian Sugar Industry Alliance

Kam Kiu Aluminium Group

Zhong Lun Law Firm

East & Concord Partners

Ray Yin & Partners

Tahota Law Firm

Mannheimer Swartling

Gleiss Lutz

Press Metal Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Google in the first matter to be tried worldwide concerning Google’s use of location data.
  • Representing Google in a landmark private antitrust litigation commenced by Epic Games.
  • Representing the Press Metal Group in responding to two anti-dumping investigations concerning aluminium exported to Australia from Malaysia, as well as in a formal review of current measures.

Australia > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Corrs Chambers Westgarth made a wave in the market with the hire of a private equity team from Minter Ellison, with Riccardo Casali, Glen Sauer and Chris Allen joining the Sydney office in mid-2021. This has expanded the firm’s domestic and international private equity capabilities, bolstering the practice with existing strong public and private M&A capabilities, particularly within the real estate sector. Practice head Sandy Mak , who continues to advise on market-leading corporate transactions for domestic and global clients alongside major private equity investments, and was recently appointed to the Takeovers Panel. Andrew Lumsden has a strong record in M&A, and also leads the firm’s China desk. Adam Foreman is noted for his work on M&A and private equity investments within the media, real estate and financial services sectors. All lawyers mentioned are in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Corrs exceptional knowledge on technology, intellectual property and cross boarder transactions. Empathy shown to us, the speed and the anticipation of the potential conflicts and provide legal constructs to counter them. We appreciated the diversity in the team and speed.’

‘Philip Catania’s knowledge on the intellectual property on technology beside his leadership.’

‘Strong commercial focus, including forming a clear understanding of the key issues in the transaction. Well structured deal plans that provide certainty and facilitate forward planning within the business.’

‘The team is very professional to work with, with great knowledge and resources to rely on.’

‘We found they are also professional, reliable, transparent, timely communication, and also generally thorough/patient discussion with you from different perspectives.’

‘Commercial approach to problem solving and negotiations. A coordinated and whole of team approach to multi-practice group transactions.’

‘I find the team we deal with at Corrs to be very commercial. They focus on what’s important and understand how best to engage with entrepreneurs and C-level executives.’

‘Gaynor Tracey is an outstanding M&A lawyer. She has wonderful communications skills and deep experience and expertise.’

Key clients

Coca-Cola European Partners plc

Allianz Real Estate GmbH

Elliott Advisers (UK) Ltd

Zoox Inc

ESR Cayman Ltd

Investa Commercial Property Fund and Manulife Financial Corporation

Resource Capital Fund VII LP

Hoover Group Inc.

Medibank Private

NRW Holdings Limited

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

The Access Group

Federation Asset Management

QIC

AXA Investment Managers

Brookfield

LaunchVic

Work highlights

  • Advised Coca-Cola European Partners on its A$11bn acquisition of Coca-Cola Amatil.
  • Advised Equistone Partners Europe Limited on its acquisition of a 50% interest in Ligentia Group Holdings Limited.
  • Advised NRW Holdings Limited on its acquisition of Primero Group Limited.

Australia > Dispute resolution: class actions Tier 2

Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s Sydney-based class action team is active across a broad range of sectors and is especially strong in cases relating to financial services, employment and technology. Chris Pagent leads the team and his client roster includes listed entities, product manufacturers, technology companies, public sector clients and professional services providers. Brad Woodhouse is also a notable team member with a focus on product liability claims, along with Katrina Sleiman, who is strong in disputes involving corporate disclosures, audit reports and alleged cartel conduct.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The litigation/class action team at Corrs led by Chris Pagent works with both plaintiffs and defendants in class actions which provides them with a unique breadth of experience and relationships. They also have deep experience of litigation funding and working with funders. The team is passionate about they work they do and aspire to the highest standards.’

‘Corrs use billing analysts in their finance team to work with clients on their large litigation projects which is an excellent value add as budget management is critical. The team members are always lawyers of the highest calibre and well trained and supervised. There is good continuity of team members across cases which can run for 2-3 years. ’

‘In Chris Pagent, I value the following: deep technical class actions and litigation funding knowledge; perceptive listener; strong strategist and lateral thinker; strong people manager.’

‘Brad Woodhouse – I have worked less with Brad but he exhibits many of the same qualities identified above. He and Chris work seamlessly together.’

‘Lots of good quality experience. Chris Pagent has good judgment, excellent technical skills and takes a considered, strategic approach to litigation. He is well supported by bright associates.’

Key clients

Deloitte Touche Tomatsu

Ernst & Young Australia

Ernst & Young UK

KPMG

Nexia

Victorian Government

British American Tobacco

Daimler

Deacon University

Hays

UGL

Transgrid

Ventia

Coles

Johnson & Johnson

Wesfarmers

Life Without Borders

Cladding Safety Victoria

Work highlights

  • Acting for Deloitte in connection with the defence of multiple class actions brought by aggrieved shareholders who claimed to have sustained losses following Freedom Foods’ highly publicised ASX announcements relating to material write downs in asset valuations, and restatements of prior year financial results.
  • Representing UGL in a significant employment class action being pursued on behalf of casual workers who were allegedly underpaid for over three years pursuant to the terms of the then-current enterprise agreement.
  • Acting for Ernst & Young LLP in defence of two class actions commenced by shareholders in Slater & Gordon Ltd against the law firm’s previous auditors, Pitcher Partners and Ernst & Young LLP.

Australia > Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 2

In 2020, Corrs Chambers Westgarth expanded its practice with the recruitment of Anthony Arrow from Pinsent Masons LLP and Trevor Thomas from HWL Ebsworth. The newly bolstered group is well-known for advising on complex transactions and project development negotiations, both in the private and public sector. Brisbane partner Michael MacGinley specialises in mining, oil & gas, utilities and renewables matters. Peter Jarosek in Perth is noted for his expertise in major oil & gas and mining ventures, with a particular focus on corporate matters. Associate Franka Cheung is another core member of the practice. Since publication, the team welcomed Tracey Greenaway and Anthony Lepere in its Perth and Melbourne offices respectively. Greenaway who has particular strength in LNG projects, joint ventures and gas sales and purchase agreements joined from Allens, and Lepere who specialises in corporate and project development in the energy and resources sector joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP in London.

Practice head(s):

Michael MacGinley; Peter Jarosek

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Corrs has lead the legal limb of our process in developing the most innovative electricity transmission regulatory implementation framework in the NEM. The process has been been uniquely complex and challenging. The Corrs team has worked as an integral part of the commercial, regulatory, financing and political strategy to define a unique investment and regulatory transaction.’

‘The Corrs team has demonstrated patience, persistence and expertise to embrace a difficult and unique task. Eddie Scuderi, Michael MacGinley and Clare Corke have embraced a multi-billion transaction task to solve regulatory, contractual and government negotiation challenges in a way others may not have been able to achieve. ’

‘Corrs Chamber Westgarth presents itself with a well structured offering across the key practice areas of contracting/construction and intellectual property. We don’t have detailed experience with the firm outside of these areas, but our engagement to date has been excellent.’

‘We have had the pleasure of working with Trevor Thomas, assisting us in structuring our procurement and contracting frameworks. His attention to detail, engineering background, and expertise in construction contracts has been invaluable in assisting us in implementing a comprehensive and robust contracting framework.’

‘We found the Energy Practices team highly knowledgeable, efficient and had a complex understanding of the technical engineering and construction issues well beyond the legal issues. This depth of understanding of the technical engineering and construction issues was a key to us developing a sound contracting strategy and this multi-disciplinary approach provided significant value.’

‘We have found Trevor Thomas, Partner in the Energy Practices Team to be excellent. We understand Trevor has both legal and engineering qualifications and that this depth of multi-disciplinary knowledge and experience has been invaluable in assisting us to develop an engineering and construction contracting strategy. In addition to his depth of knowledge, Trevor’s responses have been timely and efficient with availability outside of normal working hours. Trevor has also understood the value of our technical IP and has provided ideal contracting solutions and strategies to protect this IP where regulatory protection may not be available, for example knowhow and trade secrets.’

Key clients

Santos

BP

Woodside Energy

MACH Energy

AWE Perth Pty Ltd (Mitsui)

TransGrid

Rimfire

NRW Holdings

CuString

Geopacific Resources Limited

Rio Tinto

Work highlights

  • Advised Santos in connection with its A$3.5bn plus Narrabri coal seam gas project on various environment and planning issues arising from the assessment of its controversial application before the Independent Planning Commission for approval of the Narrabri Gas Project, including extensive preparation for the significant public hearing, acting in current administrative law proceedings and advising on new case law and policy concerning greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Advised Tritium Holdings Pty Ltd on critical aspects of its merger with Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Corporation II, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). On closing of the merger, the combined company will be listed on the NASDAQ and will represent the first ever US listing of an Australian company by way of a SPAC transaction.
  • Advised CuString Pty Ltd in its position as the developer of the A$2bn CopperString Project, a privately owned, project financed 1,100-kilometre electricity transmission network from Townsville to Mt Isa.Work includes advice on all regulatory aspects.

Australia > Environment and planning Tier 2

The team at Corrs Chambers Westgarth advises a range of major national and international companies and governmental bodies on both contentious and non-contentious environmental law and planning matters, handling major projects across a broad span of industries. Such sectors include energy, telecoms, mining, natural resources and transport. Headed by Louise Camenzuli in Sydney, the group’s client portfolio includes household names such as McDonald’s, Woolworths, and the Australian Rail Track Corporation. The team’s comprehensive service extends to matters concerning land resumption, contamination response, regulatory compliance, EPA work approvals, issues of native title, and environmental impact assessments. The group is backed by urban renewal expert Christine Covington in Sydney, and experienced environmental litigator Michael Leong and Brent Lillywhite in Brisbane.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘We have built a very strong and respected working relationship with the team at Corrs – the knowledge and skills provided are exceptional. All requests are handled in a timely manner and information is responded to with consideration of the recipient with follow-up calls or additional training if required.’

‘Christine Covington has extensive expertise in the planning field and is well-known and well-regarded. Her experience means advice can often be obtained via a phone call rather than a research project. She can be analytical when necessary, but also provides practical advice and solutions to complex problems.’

‘In my view, Corrs Chambers Westgarth has an unrivalled knowledge and understanding of all matters relating to Queensland planning law.’

‘Michael Leong will always pick up the phone if he can and, if he can’t, he will always call back promptly. We have a sense of comfort when we have Michael and his team looking after our interests.’

‘Michael Leong is by far the most knowledgeable, personable, switched-on, and accessible planning partner we’ve dealt with. He is 100% outcome-driven and does not appear to driven by “one-upping” his planning peers. I appreciate Michael’s honesty and take great comfort in knowing that his deep understanding of the law and the property development industry will serve us in good stead when we need him.’

‘Brent Lillywhite and his team listen carefully and respond quickly with advice you can rely upon. ’

‘Some of the key features that set Corrs Chambers Westgarth apart are the availability and quality of their partners, and the strength and collaborative spirit of their entire team to get the right outcome.’

‘Christine Covington is an exceptional leader and provides a level of unsurpassed service. She is always available to her clients, responsive, and provides practical and commercial advice with industry insight.’

Key clients

TransGrid

MACH Energy

Infrastructure NSW

John Holland

CPB

Mirvac

Woolworths

Australian Rail Track Corporation and Sydney Trains

Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL)

Regional Growth Development Corporation – New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC)

McDonald’s

Billbergia Group

Stockland

Sekisui House (SH Coolum Pty Ltd)

Vitale Projects

Water NSW

Aurizon

Walker Street Developments Pty Ltd (Billbergia) and Prolet Pty Ltd

Toowoomba Regional Council

Grocon and Oxford Properties

Pulse Consortium

Work highlights

  • Advising Infrastructure NSW on the urban renewal development project at central Barangaroo in Sydney.
  • Advising Santos in connection with its AUD$3.5bn Narrabri coal seam gas project on various environment and planning issues arising from the assessment of its application before the Independent Planning Commission for approval of the Narrabri Gas Project.
  • Advising John Holland on a range of contentious contamination and approvals issues associated with the delivery of the AUD$6.7bn West Gate Tunnel project, particularly issues associated with PFAS contamination.

Australia > Financial services regulatory Tier 2

The financial sponsors group at Corrs Chambers Westgarth leverages impressive bench strength to advise national and international banks, investment managers, funds, online platforms and other major financial institutions on a comprehensive range of contentious and non contentious financial regulatory matters. These include Design and Distribution Obligation (DDO) reforms, licensing structures, regulatory investments and enforcement, customer remediation, and the development of regulated products. The practice is headed by head of financial sponsors Robert Clarke in Melbourne, and head of financial sponsors head of commercial litigation Mark Wilks in Sydney. The team is supported by financial service authority Michael Chaaya, regulated products specialist Fadi Khoury, and litigation and insolvency expert Felicity Healy in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Corrs provides us with a one-stop-shop in terms of a commercial law firm offering. The firm is a premium independent law firm and enjoys strong relationships with other independent law firms across the globe which has been beneficial for us in terms of our footprint in other jurisdictions in APAC, Europe, and the USA.’

‘ I can honestly say that the level of servicing is unparalleled and I know this is testament to the fine leadership of Michael Chaaya, who invests heavily in both his team and his clients. Michael is also a champion of diversity in the Australian legal profession and actively promotes workplace flexibility and gender diversity.’

‘The Corrs litigation team is extremely well resourced with a great team of partners, special counsel, associates, and lawyers. They can and do handle large and complex litigations and regulatory engagements. The team’s access to and use of innovative technologies, particularly for large volumes of document review, is enviable.’

‘Brendon Clarke – technically great, excellent strategist, very personable, and extremely hard working. He is a partner to trust on the most complex and sensitive of matters. He is available and responsive on all of his matters.’

‘This team focuses on client needs. They prioritise commercial outcomes and present creative solutions for consideration. They are available, reliable, and accommodating, and provide advice that is consistently sound and which demonstrates an understanding of the commercial and regulatory environment in which clients operate. They are also a team full of friendly and genuine individuals.’

‘They have a deep understanding of the commercial and regulatory environment in which clients operate. They are available when needed, reliable, present cost-effective and creative solutions, and take the time to engage with clients and assist as much as possible.’

Key clients

National Australia Bank

PayPal

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Bank of China

eBay

Etsy, Inc

Blackstone

Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC)

OFX (formerly OzForex)

Invesco Australia Limited

Ruffer LLP

Apex Clearing Corporation

Victory Capital Management, Inc

Apollo Capital Management Pty Limited

Investa Commercial Property Fund

Manulife Financial Corporation

Allianz Real Estate

Oxford Properties Group

Association of Litigation Funders of Australia

CASL Governance Limited

Vanguard

Perpetual Limited

Alvarium Investments

HarbourVest Partners

Work highlights

  • Engaged to advise on the impact and implementation of the new Design and Distribution Obligation (DDO) reforms on behalf of global payment systems operator PayPal and on behalf of global asset manager Invesco.
  • Acted for new client Etsy, Inc in connection with its entry into the Australian market.
  • Advised Apollo Capital Management on the financial services regulatory implications of investment in a range of new and innovative digital or crypto currencies.

Australia > Intellectual property Tier 2

The practice at Corrs Chambers Westgarth has a strong track record handling contentious and non-contentious IP mandates for leading clients in the pharmaceutical, life sciences, agriculture, technology and media sectors. The team's capabilities span across patents, trade marks, copyright and designs, including portfolio management. Melbourne-based Kate Hay  sits at the head of the team and has substantial expertise handling both domestic and cross border litigation across a wide variety of sectors; and Eugenia Kolivos  holds expertise in the protection, maintenance and commercialisation of proprietary knowledge. Odette GourleyGrant FisherDavid Fixler  and Stephen Stern are all strong in contentious IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Corrs provides a comprehensive service across commercial, dispute resolution and trade mark registration in the IP space. The people across the IP team are all very commercial in their approach, solutions-focussed and easy to deal with.’

‘Corrs’ team is incredibly responsive, commercial and pragmatic. They know when to bring in other expertise and the value of other perspectives. Their decision making is sensible and client focused, and they do not lose sight of over arching commercial objectives, recommending reasonable, risk aligned compromises. ’

‘Kate Hay is singlehandedly the most impressive IP professional I have worked with, either as a colleague or as a client. She has an amazing ability to make her clients feel comfortable, to explain highly complex issues simply, to manage complex matters with absolute aplomb and is a terrific mentor to junior lawyers. Whenever I need someone to assist with an IP-related matter, Kate is the first person I will call.’

‘Kate Hay is an absolute delight to work with. She is clear, concise and client centric. She really spends time getting to know the client and their needs. David Fixler is another strong player.’

‘Stephen Stern is absolutely fantastic. He has a very rare mix of: excellent legal knowledge; practical commercial acumen; broad range of effective negotiating skills from friendly to fearsome; absolute passion for his craft; and genuine interest in and desire to put clients first.’

‘Great strength of team and collaboration. Fabulous partners (Grant Fisher, Kate Hay and David Fixler) who all work together and with their lawyers in a close knot and collaborative way.’

‘Grant Fisher and David Fixler and the teams working for them have a strong intellectual property practice, with a particular focus on patent litigation. I think they are leaders in their field in that area in Australia. The Sydney office of the firm also has a strong intellectual property practice, led by Odette Gourley. Corrs is one of the “go to” firms for intellectual property in Australia given the strength of their experience and reputation. In my experience, the standard of their legal work and representation is excellent, and they bring a good strategic focus to litigation on behalf of their clients. To my observation, they have good teams of talented junior lawyers working for them, and are effective in maintaning client relationships. They are also great to work with as counsel instructed by them.’

‘Grant Fisher has patent attorney as well as legal qualifications and brings a strong legal and technical focus to the matters he is involved in. He has particular experience in pharmaceutical patent litigation, in which he has worked for many years in a number of high profile cases at trial and appellate level. David Fixler also has significant experience in that area and is one of the prominent practitioners at the partner level in that field. One of the matters I have worked on for Grant and David recently is a significant piece of pharmaceutical patent litigation involving numerous counsel which was under preparation for several months but is presently on hold. The details are confidential, but if commenced, it would be one of the largest pharmaceutical patent cases in Australia, to my knowledge. They were both instrumental in formulating the strategy and preparing the legal basis and evidence for the case.’

Key clients

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp

MSD Australia

Lundbeck

Gucci (and Kering Group)

Cargill

NSW Government

AB InBev

Consorzio Parmigiano Reggiano

REA Group

Cipla

Caterpillar

Christian Dior Couture

Major League Baseball Properties

Southern Cross Austereo

Lacoste

Sportsbet

Katy Perry

Australian Geographic & Blue Ant Media

Cartier

Martin & Pleasance

Zip

Jinko

Nuance re Medical One

Work highlights

  • Defending global pharmaceutical life sciences company Merck Sharp & Dohme in relation to patent invalidity and infringement proceedings brought by Pfizer concerning pneumococcal vaccines.
  • Defending Martin & Pleasance in litigation brought by A Nelson & Co regarding the client’s natural remedy brands “RESCUE REMEDY” and “RESTQ”.
  • Representing Zip Co in a dispute with another fintech company over the use of the Zip mark.

Australia > Labour and employment Tier 2

John Tuck (Melbourne) leads the labour and employment team at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, and undertakes investigations and litigation and advises on regulatory matters. The team handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious work for private and public sector clients across a variety of sectors, including the energy and resources, education, financial services, public, media and entertainment, retail, logistics and transport industries. In particular, the team advises clients on enterprise bargaining and industrial relations issues, risk management and crisis response work, executive remuneration strategies, employment litigation and regulatory investigations. Paul Burns (Melbourne) is skilled in strategic labour relations work, advising on enterprise bargaining mandates and corporate restructurings. In team news, Graeme Watson joined the team following his role as an adviser to the Federal Government of Australia, Anthony Longland and Kirsty Faichen joined from Herbert Smith Freehills in November 2021, and Sarah Clarke, who is skilled in litigation and industrial matters, was promoted to partner in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Paul Burns is a fantastic partner to work with – really cares about his clients and keeps in touch regularly. On matters he both has the technical legal details nailed down but also steps up and looks at the client’s strategic and commercial reality.’

‘The team comes across as professional and are knowledgeable in the area of expertise they are representing. They also have the ability to draw on other team members when required if the person you are dealing with is not the expert.’

‘Jack de Flamingh is highly competent in the employment area of law. He stands out because he is able to think of the big picture strategy that other competitors cannot. He is also always available, which for my business is essential.’

‘The nature or the advice and its importance is always cutting edge and makes a genuine difference. We always go to them with the hardest matters, the most sensitive and it is always managed impeccably. Our environment is particularly challenging and the need for advice that is flawless is crucial – they always rise to the moment and help manage the situation. They are time efficient and get straight to the point.’

‘Highly experienced, makes an immediate impact and are able to work with all levels of the organisation. Their deep experience usually means that they have encountered a situation like the problem we bring them before, so the subject matter is approached in a sure and tested way. They inspire confidence that means even when the matter is highly sensitive and challenging, there is confidence that they will get it right, tensions and panic are averted and clearer heads are able to consider the various options proffered.’

Key clients

BP

Glencore

National Australia Bank

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

State of Victoria

Coles

Downer EDI

Spotless Group

CIMIC Group including CPB Contractors, UGL

Ferrovial Agroman (Australia) Pty Ltd

Medibank

Google

Nbn

University of Melbourne

Multiplex

Woodside

Vodafone

John Holland Group

Stockland

Australia Post

Hastings Deering

Queensland Government

Amcor

Australian Char

Southern Cross University

Work highlights

  • Advising Hastings Deering on the strategy for the replacement enterprise agreement that covers the client’s Australian based workforce of over 3,000 employees.
  • Representing Fremantle Port during an internal investigation – also in conjunction with police – with regards to alleged fraudulent behaviour by a very senior employee.
  • Assisted Clermont Coal with determining the strategy and process associated with negotiations of the Clermont Coal Enterprise Agreement 2020, which 83% of the workforce approved.

Australia > Media and entertainment Tier 2

The technology, media, and telecommunications team at Corrs Chambers Westgarth builds custom solutions to advise major broadcasters, tech companies, and other high-profile media outlets on a broad spectrum of issues. These include licensing, regulatory compliance with media ownership laws, market strategy, and defamation claims. Spearheaded at the Sydney office by entertainment law authority James North, the group’s portfolio features such clients as ViacomCBS, Comcast, Network 10, and Southern Cross Media. The team is supported by media ownership expert Adam Foreman in Melbourne. In addition to its work in media and tech, the group assists in the NGO sector, recently providing pre-publication advice to The Australian Centre for International Justice on a report detailing human rights abuses in Myanmar. Jennifer Dean  has now joined Johnson Winter & Slattery.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have found that the staff we have used at Corrs Chambers Westgarth provide us with a wealth of knowledge and experience at a reasonable price. They have the depth of staff to handle all situations at various levels within their billing structure.’

‘Our media partner Richard Leder shows initiative and sensitivity when advice is needed. He makes a decision dependant on the problem if he should work on the issue or pass it on to one of his other lawyers at a lower cost.’

Key clients

ViacomCBS

Comcast

Network 10

Southern Cross Media and Southern Cross Austereo

REA Group Limited

News Limited

Channel 7 Melbourne

DIGI

Racat Uno

Work highlights

  • Advising Google on its negotiations with major news and media outlets in Australia including Nine Fairfax, ABC, SBS, and The Guardian.
  • Continues to act as a key advisor to ViacomCBS across a range of strategic areas, providing regular, ongoing advice in relation to regulation and in particular in relation to ViacomCBS’ compliance with Australian media ownership laws.
  • Advising NOVA Entertainment on proposed changes to radio spectrum management and television licensing including ACMA’s report released in March 2020 on “The future delivery of radio” and subsequent proposed reports on changes to spectrum management in particular markets and the government’s Green Paper on “Modernising television regulation in Australia.”

Australia > Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 2

With its main offices in Brisbane and Perth, Corrs Chambers Westgarth primarily advises clients on corporate transactions and regulatory matters in the mining sector. Brisbane partner Michael MacGinley has considerable strength in mining, oil and gas, utilities and renewable transactions and project development. In Perth, Peter Jarosek stands out for his expertise in multibillion-dollar oil & gas and mining ventures. Vaughan Mills focuses on natural resources and infrastructure projects, particularly in Papua New Guinea where he is a qualified lawyer. Anthony Arrow joined the firm from Pinsent Masons LLP in July 2020, followed by Tracey Greenaway (Perth) who joined from Allens and Anthony Lepere (Melbourne) who joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Michael MacGinley; Peter Jarosek

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Franka Cheung, Special Counsel, has supported Aurizon’s Coal and Bulk haulage negotiations for over a decade. Franka’s pragmatism, deep understanding of the mining and rail industries, exceptional drafting skills and broad experience are highly valued by Aurizon. ’

‘Commercially aligned with our business outcomes’

‘Always available, commercially aligned with our business outcomes, strong knowledge of pathway to success.’

‘The team has assisted us on a highly sensitive and complex mining transaction over many years, providing invaluable consistency and corporate memory as the project has transitioned between managers. The advice provided is always cognisant of our objectives, nuanced and practical in assisting us to understand  options and adopt positions. Corrs’ role on this matter could not be replaced.’

‘Franka Cheung is invariably amiable, astute and responsive in providing advice, drafting and acting on our behalf. Her genial interpersonal style sets a collegiate or collaborative tone, even when examining or challenging views. Franka is accustomed to the State’s decision-making processes and ensures all support is provided, typically ready before we request it and conducted in a manner that minimises cost. If Franka were to transition to another team within Corrs, we make every effort to retain her services on this matter.’

‘Competitive fee arrangement, coupled with a strong team offering and depth of knowledge regarding our business.

‘Each member of the Corrs team is an excellent lawyer with cross-border transactional experience – no “weak links”. Their advice draws on that experience and is commercially focused and tailored to the transaction, our circumstances and the nature of our counterparty. The competitive fee arrangement means fantastic value for money. ’

 

Key clients

Santos

BP

Woodside Energy

MACH Energy

AWE Perth Pty Ltd

TransGrid

Rimfire

NRW Holdings

CuString

Geopacific Resources Limited

Rio Tinto

Work highlights

  • Advised Resource Capital Fund VII LP on the funding of the acquisition of the Pilgangoora Lithium Mine in Western Australia.
  • Advised Geopacific Resources Limited on its successful A$150m equity raising to fund the development of its Woodlark Gold Project.
  • Advised NRW Holdings Limited on its rights and obligations throughout the voluntary administration of Gascoyne Resources Limited, and its participation in the proposed recapitalisation plan for Gascoyne, which is an owner and operator of the Dalgaranga gold mine in Western Australia.

Australia > Project development Tier 2

With its main offices in Melbourne and Brisbane, Corrs Chambers Westgarth advises corporations and state governments in connection with the contentious and transactional aspects of major projects. Its main areas of expertise include procurement, contract preparation, construction and operational matters. Airlie Fox  (Sydney) has a strong reputation in major infrastructure projects, including transport and social infrastructure developments and heads the team alongside Matthew Muir  (Brisbane). In Melbourne, David Warren is regularly instructed by clients to assist with financing transactions and project delivery. Anthony Arrow stands out for his work in major renewable energy developments for prominent international clients and John Walter continues to provide vast experience to project and litigation mandates while Peter Schenk 's expertise crosses over the construction or litigation elements of rail and other infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Stephenson; Matthew Muir

Other key lawyers:

John Walter; Airlie Fox; David Warren; Anthony Arrow; Peter Schenk

Testimonials

‘Stand out individuals with very broad sector knowledge. Individually excellent legal skills and ability to respond to intellectual challenges. Rapid response, flexible and available.’

‘Airlie Fox – easy and pleasant manner. Extremely knowledgeable, very experienced, very diligent. Endless patience. Paul Brickley – flexible and extremely capable. Please and easy to deal with.’

‘The team is dynamic and fast-paced and work is resourced efficiently among partners, associates and lawyers. They’re extremely knowledgeable about the oil and gas industry and about major projects; they have good commercial know-how; have been able to offer great advice on different options for structuring transactions/projects and also negotiating strategies. They proactively identify, present and offer solutions for issues (e.g. with charts, tables, slides). The team is collaborative, accessible, responds and turns work around quickly, including unplanned or unexpected work at short notice.’

‘All the partners, associates and lawyers I’ve worked with in the projects teams are excellent professionals. Andrew McCormack, partner, is exceptional. He’s accessible, commercially savvy, proactive, dynamic and a problem solver. He’s great at delivering a major, complex project, is extremely experienced and knowledgeable about what commercial and contractual arrangements are required for the project and how to structure them.’

‘The team has great subject matter expertise for our market. They are very polite, listen to our problems and generally come up with sound, practical solutions for our problems. ’

‘The practice group focuses on my business and the internal and external pressures upon it. Appraised of these pressures, the group provides both sound and commercial legal advice.’

‘Matthew Muir represents a “go-to” resource for myself and colleagues given his extensive knowledge of the law, but also his deep knowledge of the industry and regulatory and political landscape.’

‘Corrs have a good geographical spread in Australia with good coverage nationally. I have worked with their teams in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and have found their service level and expertise to be excellent in all locations.’

Key clients

Bombardier/Alstom

DIF Capital Partners

Queensland Government

Victorian Government

CIMIC

John Holland

Bouygues Construction Australia Pty Ltd.

Fortescue Metals Group Limited

Acciona Construction Australia Ltd

Santos

UGL Limited

CPB Contractors

Downer Engineering

Pacific Partnerships

Ghella

Opal Australia

St George Community Housing

Inpex

Woodside Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising Arrow Energy on the development and construction of the A$10bn first phase of its Surat Gas project.
  • Representing Pulse Consortium and D&C contractor joint venture in relation to the Queensland Government’s highest priority infrastructure project, Cross River Rail.
  • Acting as exclusive adviser to CuString and DIF Capital Partners in relation to the agreements for the construction of the CopperString project.

Australia > Project finance Tier 2

The project finance team at Corrs Chambers Westgarth utilises the strength and size of its team to advise major commercial entities and state governments involved in the financing and refinancing of high-value international and domestic projects. Sectors of focus include the social infrastructure, energy, transport, renewable energy and mining industries. Led by project finance authority Clare Corke in Brisbane, the team’s advice covers bilateral and syndicated facilities, risk analysis of project agreements, debt funding, and development funding procurement work. The group also includes Sydney-based banking and finance head Rommel Harding-Farrenberg, infrastructure experts Brad Robinson and Paul Brickley in Melbourne, and senior associate and debt capital specialist Julie Myers in Brisbane. Adam Stapledon, James Abbott and Simon Huxley joined from Allen & Overy LLP in early 2022.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The Corrs team demonstrated a unique commercial drive, a deal-making capability that is often absent in legal advisers when process and legal alignment is more valuable than negotiation. Corrs have successfully concluded transactions for us that include government, financial and strategic investors and the team’s empathy to each of these unique counterparties was highly valuable.’

‘Clare Corke has navigated our transactions with a calm demeanour, thoughtful strategy, and determination. Tolerance and empathy are critical to concluding transactions, and a careful examination of the other parties’ drivers and characteristics. Clare and her team have repeatedly demonstrated these highly valuable traits.’

‘Needing to meet deadlines, the team was able to structure itself to ensure great coverage and consistency in quality of work across a lot of hours to meet the needs of the transaction.’

‘Brad Robinson takes a very pragmatic approach and helps you work through the issues that matter. Focusing attention on getting clients a great outcome in an efficient way.’

‘Knowledge across the legal requirements and then also an ability to deliver in tight time frames while on budget were great. Also great management of pulling in subject matter experts when required.’

‘Clare Corke manages complex project financing fantastically.’

Key clients

Altrac Consortium

Baptistcare

CIMIC Group

CPB Contractors

CuString Pty Ltd

Dacian Gold

Manulife

Mirvac

Oil Search Limited

Pacific Partnerships

Panterra Gold

Queensland Government

Queensland Health

Roc Oil

SGCH Portfolio Ltd

SGCH Sustainability Limited

Seafarms Group Limited

Summer Housing

TransGrid

UGL

Veolia

Victorian Government

Work highlights

  • Advising TransGrid on the bankability and risk analysis of a large project debt funding of the Snowy 2.0 hydro-electricity project.
  • Advising CuString Pty Ltd as the developer of the CopperString Project.
  • Advised the Pulse Consortium, the successful proponent for the Cross River Rail Tunnel, Stations and Development A$5.8bn PPP Project, on the facilitation of payments to be made to the D&C Subcontractor for the Project for works completed ahead of schedule under the D&C Subcontract.

Australia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Corrs Chambers Westgarth has a specialist restructuring, insolvency and special situations offering, regularly directly instructed by clients on matters encompassing transactional restructurings, back end insolvencies and contentious litigation. The team regularly handles high-profile mandates for major corporates, financial institutions and international investors, and has expertise in a number of industries, including the financial services, aviation, and resources sectors. The team is led by Cameron Cheetham , who has extensive expertise in distressed financing transactions, also acting for overseas and domestic funds. Sam Delaney  specialises in insolvency litigation and has played a role in a number of major Australian corporate collapse cases, while Patrick O’Grady  focuses on transactional restructurings. Perth-based Michelle Dean  specialises in financial services litigation, and is also highly active in the Western Australia mining sector.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team’s most unique aspect is that it is well integrated with the Banking and Finance practice. It is very helpful to have the “front end” team working with the R&I team when structuring a deal to protect us on the downside.’

‘Cam Cheetham is the stand out, very commercial and street smart.’

‘They are a very relatable team with strong market presence, good communication and excellent industry knowledge.’

‘They are a well rounded team who each bring a unique perspective to engagements. Also they team well together which can’t always be said for their competitors. You get the impression they like each other.’

‘Cameron Cheetham, very commercial and pragmatic approach to get to the right answer.’

‘The restructuring and insolvency practice are highly specialised and experienced. They are well regarded throughout the industry and work on high profile matters as well as smaller matters. As a team they work exceptionally well together and the service delivered to me, the client, is seamless. The solutions offered are always commercial with a view to getting to the end point quickly and painlessly.’

‘Sam Delaney is an exceptionally commercial lawyer who anticipates client needs and is always planning for the next step. He is highly strategic, a great communicator and really user friendly.’

Key clients

Brookfield

Tor Investment Management (Hong Kong) Ltd.

Value Partners

Broad Peak Investment Advisers Pte Ltd

Mirvac

Harris Scarfe

Garbon Investments

BlackRock

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Deloitte

Bank of New York Mellon

HLB Mann Judd

McGrath Nicol

M.H. Carnegie

Macquarie Bank Limited

Metrics Credit Partners

National Australia Bank

Remagen Capital

SC Lowy (Aus) Pty Limited

Moelis

Work highlights

  • Advised an adhoc group of USD bondholders and AUD bond holders located in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Europe and the US on the voluntary administration of ASX listed Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd.
  • Advised the lenders providing finance to Velocity Frequent Flyer Pty Ltd (VFF), the operator of Virgin Australia’s loyalty program.
  • Advising BNYM as the trustee of two senior unsecured note tranches issued and guaranteed by the Virgin Australia Group.

Australia > Tax Tier 2

Corrs Chambers Westgarth expanded its tax team with the hire of Jennee Chan from Allens in mid-2020, with the specialist indirect tax practitioner bolstering the firm’s offering particularly in relation to real estate and infrastructure work. The team has continued to work on tax structures for a variety of high-profile M&A, as well as working with major corporate and private equity clients on GST-related issues. Practice head Rhys Jewell  takes the lead on M&A tax structuring, working with corporate and private equity clients on an array of cross-border deals, with Sydney’s Mark Payne  also specialising in corporate taxation. Cameron Rider combines transactional advisory work with support in tax controversies and litigation. Lawyers are in Melbourne unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Timely, friendly, diligent.’

‘The team is very responsive and provides timely and commercial advice, which is important to us, given the different time zones that we operate in and the underlying timing pressures on the transactions that we underwrite.’

‘Jennee Chan (Partner, Corrs Melbourne) was very responsive and helpful.’

Key clients

Wesfarmers Limited

Coca-Cola European Partners plc

Coles Group

Macquarie Bank Limited

Accenture

BP Australia

Department of Health and Human Services (Victoria)

REA Group

Deliveroo

Serco

TNS, Inc

Southern Cross Austereo

ENN Group

Silverlake Partners LLC

CCMP Capital Advisors, LP (CCMP)

EBOS Group

Greenstone Resources

Federation Asset Management Pty Ltd

PayPal Giving Fund

Trident Royalties Plc

JMI Equity

eShares, Inc. d/b/a Carta Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising Coca-Cola European Partners on all aspects of the initial tax planning of the acquisition of Coca Cola Amatil.
  • Advising Macquarie Bank Limited on the tax aspects of the financing of GenesisCare under a sale and leaseback arrangement.
  • Advised The Returned Services League NSW on its negotiations with shortlisted bidders on the Goods and Services Tax treatment of the A$95m sale of two commercial properties.

Australia > White-collar crime Tier 2

The white-collar crime group at Corrs Chambers Westgarth represents major international corporations, financial institutions and the government, with clients involved in high-profile investigations, public inquiries and enforcement actions involving regulators including the ASIC and ACC. Headed up by investigatory specialist Abigail Gill in the Melbourne office, the group’s acts for clients in the technology, financial services, fintech, construction and natural resources sectors. The team also fields veteran litigator Craig Phillips in Melbourne, public sector governance expert James Whittaker in Sydney, and risk dispute specialist Kirsty Sutherland in Perth.

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Work highlights

  • Advising the Royal Commission (as Solicitors Assisting) currently undertaking its inquiry into Crown Melbourne Ltd, Crown Resorts Ltd and other associates.
  • Advising the former Treasurer of ANZ Bank who has been named as a defendant in proceedings brought by the ACCC.
  • Acting for the President of the Legislative Council in high-profile Supreme Court litigation against the Attorney General of Western Australia and the Corruption and Crime Commission regarding significant issues of parliamentary privilege.

Australia > Capital markets

The capital markets group at Corrs Chambers Westgarth crafts a personalised service to advise major national and international investors and financial institutions, corporates and other issuers and underwriters on a wide spectrum of matters. In the Sydney office, Sandy Mak, who leads the corporate group and the equity capital markets team, assists clients with solid pro-rata accelerated non-renounceable entitlement offers, block trades and sales. The equity team is supported by Christian Owen and Russell Philip in Perth. In Melbourne, Brad Robinson leads the debt capital markets team, helping clients with various financing packages, secured bonds and debt restructurings; he also heads up the securitisation team, which assists clients with suitable securitisation programmes.

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Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Straightforward to deal with, very timely turnaround, addressed commercial not just legal issues.’

‘Great team culture, really easy team to work with, always keen to assist, work collaboratively with the client and try to understand the key issues and provide good commercial advice.’

‘The availability of the team and also their calm and pleasant personalities. I deal with Christian Owen and Russell Philip.’

‘Russell Philip takes a calm and measured approach in stressful situations.’

‘The team are lovely to deal with and very commercial. They make themselves available at ANY time.’

‘The team was excellent. They delivered within a very tight time frame, always on top of the issues with prompt turnarounds. Very commercial in their approach.’

Key clients

Broad Peak Investment Advisers Pte. Ltd. and Tor Investment Management (Hong Kong) Ltd.

BaptistCare NSW & ACT

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Copper Mountain Mining Corporation

Paladin Energy Ltd

St George Community Housing (SGCH)

Tritium Holdings Pty Ltd

Paladin Energy Ltd

The British Council/The Chancellor Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge acting by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate

Geopacific Resources Limited

Pushpay Holdings Limited

NRW Holdings Limited

Resource Capital Fund VII LP

Capricorn Metals Limited

Euroz Hartleys

BNY Mellon

Neuberger Berman Australia Pty Ltd

Volt Resources

Carnarvon Petroleum Ltd

New Gold Inc.

Aspire Mining Ltd

ESR

Perpetual Trustee Company Limited

Equity Trustees Limited

Bank of New York Mellon

IFM Investors

Macquarie Bank Limited

UniSuper Limited

Funds Managed by IFM Investors

Work highlights

  • Advised an adhoc group of bondholders located in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Europe and the US regarding the voluntary administration of ASX listed Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd, the national and international airline.
  • Advised BaptistCare NSW & ACT on capital markets investment financing provided by the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation through its affordable bond aggregator model.
  • Advised Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A. as the lenders and noteholders on all PNG aspects of the international debt restructure of the ED&F Man Group’s $1.5bn.

Australia > Insurance Tier 3

The seasoned team at Corrs Chambers Westgarth advises national and international insurers, reinsurers, major multinational corporations, and government bodies, on a broad spectrum of both contentious and non-contentious insurance law matters. Led by Daniel Marquet in Melbourne, the group’s client portfolio includes Chubb Insurance and Swiss Re, and spans the travel, financial services, infrastructure, mining, and construction sectors. The group includes 'outstanding' special counsel Catherine Oldenburg and veteran insurance litigator Frank Lawson, now a counsel at the firm.

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Testimonials

‘The specialist insurance practice is uniquely positioned because it is highly expert in insurance law, but credibly independent of the insurance industry yet well respected by the market and the profession. Catherine Oldenburg is outstanding, in particular.

‘Catherine Oldenburg is outstanding.’

‘A group of strong individuals with in-depth knowledge and experience on insurance law.’

‘The team is highly responsive and shows genuine care in relation to the successful outcome of the work.’

‘The quality of the advice is of an exceptional standard. Catherine Oldenberg and Michael do Rozario are responsive and always well prepared. They both show a clear understanding of our business and its operating environment and their advice speaks to this context.’

 

Key clients

Chubb

Euler

Vero

Swiss Re

American International Group (client for 6 years)

Liberty Insurance

Zurich Insurance (client for 7 years)

Allianz Insurance

Tokio Marine/HCC Insurance (client for 4 years)

Argo Insurance

IAL

Berkshire Hathaway

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

Corrs Chambers Westgarth‘s national WHS practice acts for both private and public sector clients across a wide range of sectors, including the energy and resources, financial services, government and transport industries. The team handles strategic risk management work, crisis and safety incidents, discrimination issues, bullying and harassment in the workplace, criminal prosecutions and investigations. John Tuck leads the team from Melbourne and is skilled in delivering specialist advocacy services in major industrial cases. Special counsel Marie Costa is also a notable team member in Melbourne.

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Other key lawyers:

Key clients

BP

Glencore

National Australia Bank

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

State of Victoria

Coles

Downer EDI/Spotless Group

CIMIC Group including CPB Contractors, UGL

Ferrovial Agroman (Australia) Pty Ltd

Medibank

Google

Nbn

Multiplex

Woodside

Vodafone

John Holland Group

Stockland

Australia Post

Hastings Deering

Queensland Government

Amcor

Australian Char

University of Melbourne

Southern Cross University

Work highlights

  • Advising the Wesfarmers group, one of Australia’s largest private sector employers, on Covid-19 workforce management issues.

The firm: Corrs Chambers Westgarth is Australia’s leading independent law firm, with strong international alliances. The firm is recognised for its innovation, quality advice and client-driven approach. Through key partnering relationships in the Asia-Pacific and globally, Corrs is able to pursue strategic outcomes for corporations and government, both nationally and across borders.

Corrs is committed to providing legal advice grounded in commercial understanding. Moving beyond the traditional legal needs of clients, the firm works to gain an intimate knowledge of wider industry and business issues. Lawyers support clients with market-relevant advice and insight for high level decision making.

As one of Australia’s best recognised firms, Corrs is proud of its reputation for excellence. Its lawyers are consistently involved in some of the largest and most significant transactions in Australia and globally.

Corrs is ideally placed to meet the needs of clients with cross-border transactions and projects. The firm is noted for its extensive involvement in the Asia-Pacific region and has established strong connections with regulators, government, policy makers and trade agencies. Corrs sits at the fore of business and policy development and is focused on facilitating transactions at every level throughout Australia, the Asia-Pacific and internationally. Corrs lawyers further strengthen global ties through the firm’s leading international secondment program.

Specialist sector expertise: Corrs is recognised for its depth of expertise across a number of sectors including:

  • Energy and resources
  • Technology, media and telecommunications
  • Financial services
  • Life sciences
  • Consumer and retail
  • Transport and logistics
  • Real estate
  • Construction and infrastructure
  • Food and agribusiness
  • Government
  • Health and aged care

Chairman: Stephen Price
Chief executive officer and senior partner: Gavin MacLaren

PhotoNamePositionProfile
Mr Paul Burns  photo Mr Paul Burns Partner
Ms Lee Carroll  photo Ms Lee Carroll Special Counsel
Mr Phil Catania  photo Mr Phil Catania Partner.
Mr Robert Clarke  photo Mr Robert Clarke Partner
Ms Clare Corke  photo Ms Clare Corke Partner.
Ms Marie Costa  photo Ms Marie Costa Special Counsel
Mr Matthew Critchley  photo Mr Matthew Critchley Partner
Mr Ben Davidson  photo Mr Ben Davidson Partner.
Ms Sue Davidson  photo Ms Sue Davidson Special Counsel.
Mr John W.H. Denton AO  photo Mr John W.H. Denton AO Chairman – Corrs International Advisory Council 
Mr Arvind Dixit  photo Mr Arvind Dixit Partner
Mr David Ellenby  photo Mr David Ellenby Partner
Mr Jonathan Farrer  photo Mr Jonathan Farrer Partner
Mr David Fixler  photo Mr David Fixler Partner
Mr Justin Fox  photo Mr Justin Fox Partner.
Ms Ruth Hart  photo Ms Ruth Hart Special Counsel
Mrs Kate Hay  photo Mrs Kate Hay Partner
Mr Jared Heath  photo Mr Jared Heath Partner
Ms Jane Hider  photo Ms Jane Hider Partner
Mr Chris Horsfall  photo Mr Chris Horsfall Partner
Mr Liming Huang  photo Mr Liming Huang Special Counsel.
Ms Annette Hughes  photo Ms Annette Hughes Consultant
Mr Brad Husband  photo Mr Brad Husband Partner.
Mr Rhys Jewell  photo Mr Rhys Jewell Partner.
Ms Beverly Kennedy  photo Ms Beverly Kennedy Consultant.
Ms Eleanor Kwak  photo Ms Eleanor Kwak Special Counsel
Mr Andy Leadston  photo Mr Andy Leadston Partner.
Mr Richard Leder  photo Mr Richard Leder Partner.
Mr Chris Leong  photo Mr Chris Leong Special Counsel
Ms Bronwyn Lincoln  photo Ms Bronwyn Lincoln Partner.
Mr Gavin MacLaren  photo Mr Gavin MacLaren Senior Partner and CEO.
Mr Daniel Marquet  photo Mr Daniel Marquet Partner.
Mr Kon Mellos  photo Mr Kon Mellos Partner
Mr James Morley  photo Mr James Morley Partner
Mr Alistair Newton  photo Mr Alistair Newton Special Counsel
Mr Nathaniel Popelianski  photo Mr Nathaniel Popelianski Partner.
Ms Heidi Roberts  photo Ms Heidi Roberts Partner.
Mr Brad Robinson  photo Mr Brad Robinson Partner.
Mr Andrew Stephenson  photo Mr Andrew Stephenson Partner
Mr Stephen Stern  photo Mr Stephen Stern Partner.
Mr Michael Syme  photo Mr Michael Syme Consultant.
Mr John Tuck  photo Mr John Tuck Partner.
Mr John Walter  photo Mr John Walter Partner.
Mr David Warren  photo Mr David Warren Partner.
Ms Frances Wheelahan  photo Ms Frances Wheelahan Partner.
Number of partners : 120
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