Firm Profile > Corrs Chambers Westgarth > Brisbane, Australia

Corrs Chambers Westgarth
LEVEL 35, WATERFRONT PLACE
1 EAGLE STREET
BRISBANE, QLD 4000
Australia

Construction Tier 1

The practice at Corrs Chambers Westgarth is currently advising the Queensland Government on the construction phase of the A$3.6bn Queen’s Wharf Casino. Andrew Stephenson and Matthew Muir jointly helm the department which in addition to state governments, also represents private sector sponsors and major contractors and subcontractors on contentious and non-contentious issues. Energy projects, namely oil and gas, are a particular expertise, as are works pertaining mining, transport, social infrastructure. The highly recommended Chris Ryder demonstrates a proven track record in handling multi-billion dollar projects and disputes.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Stephenson; Matthew Muir;

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is always willing to make themselves available to assist with tricky situations – including at very short notice and at unsociable hours’.

‘Both Matthew Muir and Peter Schenk have a wealth of experience and expertise in complex construction law matters.  Both provide accurate and commercial advice in a manner that lends itself to easy communication’.

‘Corrs has a superior understanding of PPP projects’.

‘The client engagement approach is outstanding.’ 

‘Responsiveness to client requests is excellent.’

‘The construction practice group is well resourced, with partners who in my experience make good strategic decisions but who also immerse themselves (not simply supervise juniors) in the detail of the issues.’

Key clients

Santos

Lend Lease

Laing O’Rourke

Downer Engineering

CIMIC

John Holland

Woodside Energy

Bombardier

Pacific Partnerships

Shell

UGL Limited

Queensland Government

Victorian Government

Coles (Wesfarmers)

Western Australia Government

Acciona

Fulton Hogan

Fortescue Metals Group

HDI Lucas

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s commercial litigation team acts on instructions from across a variety of sectors, including financial services, energy and resources, and technology. The group advises a long-standing client base consisting of multinationals, corporations, service providers and government entities. A notable strength lies in bet-the-company litigation, which is an area of expertise for department head Mark Wilks, whose practice stands out in the area of financial services and natural resources. The experience of James Whittaker encompasses class actions, regulatory investigations and product liability claims. On the arbitration front, the Brisbane-based Joshua Paffey leads the group, which handles high-stakes mandates in the area of natural resources, infrastructure, and pharmaceuticals and life sciences. Clients also single out senior associate David Anthony.

Practice head(s):

Mark Wilks

Testimonials

The team combines legal expertise with practical and commercial perspectives, which makes an in-house counsel’s work much easier

Corrs’ dispute resolution team is a significant player in the Australian market. The team is nearly unmatched in terms of the number of senior and experienced partners available to clients

The team assigned to the series of litigation in which I was involved was able, intelligent, knowledgeable, efficient and supportive. Having been involved in litigation for some 60 years, I truly appreciated this

A very commercial team with a lot of experience in complex International arbitration disputes in infrastructure and energy’

For me, Corrs has the standout dispute resolution team in the Australian market. The litigation team drops the arrogance and bravado and genuinely seeks the best outcome for its clients.  I cannot speak highly enough of this team

The dispute resolution team is a shining example of team work –its members work together seamlessly and always demonstrate not only their technical expertise at every level but also excellent communication, outstanding project management and commercial awareness. Nothing is ever too much trouble and they are a lovely team to work with

Mark Wilks is known as one of the country’s most prominent dispute resolution lawyers, who is able to efficiently split his time between high-profile clients and smaller, boutique instructions. Also, Mark’s ability to bring in the suitable partners and expertise at the right time to handle a particular matter is unparallelled

Mark Wilks is an exceptional lawyer and strategist. He has built a strong team of dedicated lawyers

Joshua Paffey is charming, highly intelligent and effective

David Anthony is an outstanding young litigator. His attention to detail is sound and he makes an effort to understand the commercial drivers behind the issues under consideration. This perspective enables him to provide practical and correct solutions to multi-dimensional issues

Key clients

National Australia Bank

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Commonwealth of Australia

Hancock Prospecting

Ernst & Young

Santos

Serco

Channel 7

Mirvac

Stockland

Wesfarmers

Queensland Investment Corporation

The ING Group

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Vodafone Hutchinson Australia

KPMG

Deloitte

Banking and finance Tier 2

Corrs Chambers Westgarth fields a team of dedicated specialists with notable expertise in property finance matters alongside knowledge of project finance, syndicated lending, acquisition finance and alternative lending mandates; the firm also has a distinct financial services regulatory practice. Rommel Harding-Farrenberg heads up the banking and finance team, while Robert Clarke and Mark Wilks lead the financial sponsors group and litigation practice respectively; Wiks focuses on financial services disputes. Brad Robinson is a key name for corporate finance work, Henry Self and Brad Husband jointly lead the property finance team from Sydney and Melbourne respectively, and Michael Chaaya and Fadi Khoury are notable contacts for regulatory advice.

Practice head(s):

Rommel Harding-Farrenberg

Testimonials

Corrs is extremely familiar with the usual risk positions and so is not only able to advise on the risks of a particular issue, but also able to draw on the extensive experience. This helps clients to remain consistent across transactions and firmly develop positions.

The Corrs team supports in a way that you would expect an in-house legal team to. They are always available for discussions about particular matters, without the feeling that you are necessarily on the clock. They respond quickly to requests and matters and are always accommodative, and get high-quality work done quickly.

Brad Robinson is a brilliant lawyer. He has a deep understanding of each transaction and what is important to us based on his extensive experience. Brad is incredibly thorough across the detail while remaining commercial and pragmatic. In short, he is everything you look for in a lawyer.

For Brad Husband, nothing is too difficult, or any time frame too short. Brad, and the entire banking and finance team, take a very commercial “how do we achieve our aim” approach to matters, rather than just saying whether something can or can’t be done.

Key clients

Aspen Funds Management Limited

Aurizon

Australia & New Zealand Banking Group

AustSafe Pty Ltd (AustSafe Super)

IS Industry Superannuation Pty Ltd (Intrust Super)

QSuper Board (QSuper)

Sunsuper Pty Ltd (Sunsuper Superannuation Fund)

Bank of China

Bank of East Asia

Blackstone

CBS

Challenger

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

eBay Australia and NZ Pty Ltd

ESR/Warburg Pincus

Fubon Bank (Hong Kong)

ICBC

Law Finance (formerly JustKapital Ltd)

Macquarie Bank

Macquarie Capital

MaxCap

Metrics Capital

National Australia Bank

Neuberger Berman Australia Pty Ltd

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation

Pacific Alliance

Pacific Group

Quadrant Energy

Qualitas

Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC)

Remagen Capital Management

SA PowerNetworks

St George Community Housing Ltd

Taipai Fubon Commercial Bank

Temasek Capital Management (Private) Ltd

Tradeweb

United Overseas Bank

Vanguard Investments Australia Limited.

Dispute resolution: class actions Tier 2

The ‘exceptionally talentedChris Pagent leads Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s class actions practice, which is notable for its representation both plaintiffs and defendants. Pagent acts for a client roster of notable professional service providers and global organisations and the firm’s client base includes global manufacturers, financial institutions, and clients in the public sector. The team is acting on a large volume of instructions from clients in the professional services sector in addition to a range of claims concerning securities fraud, employment, climate, data breaches and privacy and product liability. 'Excellent operatorBrad Woodhouse specialises in product liability matters and has 'great knowledge of complex legal matters in the area of collective claims'. Special counsel Katrina Sleiman is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Chris Pagent

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s team provides exceptional client service. It excels at ensuring clients have access to the relevant partner with the absolutely right expertise and experience which the client needs

The practitioners in the group work very well together to ensure that no stone is left unturned

Due to its friendly culture, the team blends well with in-house counsel, which brings high-quality results

The team provides timely, commercial and well considered advice to its clients

The team knows how to listen to clients and how to package up a work product of exceptional quality. A particular strength is its excellent understanding of the law and its ability to scale up or down depending on the constraints of the work. Team members are also easy to deal with and nice to talk to

Chris is an exceptionally talented lawyer and advocate. He is extremely bright, and understands the law and the pressure points surrounding it like no other. His real strength lies in distilling quite complicated principles into simple and clear legal concepts. He also has a patient and respectful demeanour even when dealing with difficult counterparties

Chris Pagent formulates a clear strategic vision and implements it skilfully, always keeping the particular commercial context in mind

Brad Woodhouse and Chris Pagent are true experts in this area. They have an excellent ability to explain the unique class action process in an easy-to-understand, succinct manner

Brad Woodhouse is a partner with great experience and skill in class actions

David Anthony and Frieda Chan are exception senior associates, with the highest level of skills among their peers in class actions and in commercial litigation more generally

Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 2

Vaughan Mills heads the Corrs Chambers Westgarth practice from Brisbane and Port Moresby. It provides a full service, from transactional and regulatory advice on energy projects to financing, competition and dispute resolution. With 'exceptional knowledge of the industry' Peter Jarosek is sought out by government agencies as well as oil and gas companies including on emerging issues and new approaches to supply agreements. Michael MacGinley's experience crosses energy and natural resources; Gavin MacLaren has joined as both a partner and CEO from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Singapore and Abigail Gill has joined from a major resources/energy corporate.

Practice head(s):

Vaughan Mills

Testimonials

There is great partner engagement. Peter Jarosek is a highly experienced and well-regarded partner in the energy team. The firm has a lower profile compared to some of the other major law firms though.’

Peter Jarosek – it is refreshing to have a partner who does most of the work and consequently he has full knowledge of the matter in hand. Although his hourly rates are higher, the savings in terms of efficiency and less overlap makes it all worth while. His knowledge of the industry is exceptional.’

Key clients

Incitec Pivot Limited

AGL Limited

Santos Group

BP

Peabody Energy

MACH Energy

Woodside Energy

Oil Search

NRW Holdings

Transgrid

Queensland Government

Rimfire Energy

Clean Energy Finance Corporation

AusNet

Intellectual property Tier 2

The ‘pragmatic’ team at Corrs Chambers Westgarth is singled out for its ‘excellence across all areas of IP law’ and its ability to handle complex cross-border mandates. Sector-specific expertise include life sciences, technology, luxury and consumer goods. The national group is headed by Kate Hay, who stands out for her significant experience in patents, trade marks and copyright litigation. Hay is jointly leading a Melbourne-based team with the ‘fantasticStephen Stern acting for Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck on a long-running pharmaceutical patent dispute. The ‘dependable and strategically savvyOdette Gourley stands out for her work in the pharmaceutical and sports industries. The team has been growing; of particular note is the arrival of Grant Fisher, who joined from Ashurst in November 2018. Fisher is part of the team led by Gourley, acting for Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp and MSD Australia Pty on a significant cross-border challenge to patents rights held by Wyeth relating to pneumococcal vaccines. Eugenia Kolivos and Jürgen Bebber are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Kate Hay

Testimonials

The team is approachable, quick and is always on point with its excellent advice’

Corrs Chambers Westgarth is great at handling trade mark registrations globally; apart from the team’s own expertise, its referral network is also helpful

Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s IP team has capabilities across all IP matters; the group is generally pragmatic in its advice and flexible in its approach to legal services

Stephen Stern is a brilliant operator

The exceptional Odette Gourley provides technical and commercial advice of unparalleled quality

Odette Gourley is the absolute standout when it comes to solid legal and highly technical IP advice; she understands the demands of multinational organisations as well as the international legal issues which they encounter

Eugenia Kolivos is a strong lawyer who understands the commercial drivers of the client’s business

Jürgen Bebber has proven instrumental in managing his clients’ global trade mark registration; his advice is timely, accurate and commercially minded

Jürgen Bebber is very pragmatic and gives considered and commercial advice on trade mark matters; he is very efficient in focusing on the core legal issues at hand

Kate Hay is a strong advocate and has outstanding IP knowledge’

Kate Hay and Jürgen Bebber make a great team

Key clients

JinkoSolar

Major League Baseball

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp./ MSD Australia Pty

Tasmanian Alkaloids

Cipla

AFT Pharmaceuticals

Sportsbet

Mirvac

Lacoste

Caterpillar Inc.

Cartier

Christian Dior Couture

Louis Vuitton

LVMH Perfumes and Cosmetics

Ferrari

Hermès

Versace

Prada

Lundbeck

Cargill

REA Group

7-Eleven

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Corrs Chambers Westgarth handles an impressive array of advisory and disputes matters in the technology and telecoms infrastructure spaces for major telco, IT, banking and social media clients as well as government agencies. It also acts on areas such as data privacy and data breach cases. James North leads a team that includes the well-known Philip Catania who has a computer science background and Helen Clarke in Brisbane who assists public and private clients on areas including ICT procurement, outsourcing and software licensing agreements. The 'pragmatic' Arvind Dixit is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

James North

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The Corrs technology team is great – they have an intimate knowledge of our business and they really understand my needs as an in-house lawyer. The advice I receive is always meaningful and easy to digest.’

Arvind Dixit is one of those partners who is pragmatic, quick thinking and calm – the perfect combination! He is always accessible and provides his advice in a timely manner.’

Helen Clarke is an excellent lawyer. We value her assistance and advice on complex matters.’

Key clients

Adobe

Alphabet Inc

CBA

Google

MNF Group

nbn

News Limited

Queensland Government

Royal Automobile Club Queensland

Safety Culture

Sqware Peg Pty Ltd

Victorian Government

Vodafone

Water Corporation

Wing

Labour and employment Tier 2

Corrs Chambers Westgarth has significant experience advising public and private sector employers on business-critical workplace issues across a range of sectors, with particular emphasis on the energy and natural resources and mining and minerals sectors. John Tuck's team recently handled sensitive investigations, disputes as well as health and safety issues. Paul Burns advises on industrial relations matters and is based in Melbourne with Tuck and the key names to note in Sydney are Jack de Flamingh and Stephen PriceNicholas Ellery heads up the Perth office and is particularly proficient in labour disputes in the energy and natural resources sector. Special counsel Marie Costa focuses on health and safety matters from the Melbourne office.

Practice head(s):

John Tuck

Key clients

BP

Downer EDI

Ferrovial Agroman (Australia) Pty Ltd

Serco

Hays

Victorian Government

Media and entertainment Tier 2

Corrs Chambers Westgarth is particularly reputed for its defamation expertise though also undertakes a comprehensive range of work involving corporate transactions, digital streaming launches, regulatory issues and high-stakes litigation. James North oversees the practice with his leading expertise in joint ventures, acquisitions, outsourcing, disputes and product rollouts. A recent standout instruction saw him act for CBS in relation to the successful launch of its streaming service in Australia. Special counsel Jennifer Dean acts for a number of new media clients while at partner level, Adam Foreman is an ‘excellent operator’ whose specialist areas include governance advice, reputation management and capital raisings. Named lawyers are based in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

James North

Other key lawyers:

Adam Foreman; Richard Leder; Jennifer Dean;

Testimonials

‘Adam Foreman is an excellent operator with a good sense of what’s urgent / important and is precise and easy to work with.’

Key clients

CBS

Comcast

Network

Southern Cross Austereo

CBS and parent company National Amusements

REA Group Limited

News Limited No

Google Yes

Channel 7 Melbourne

Rebel Wilson

Richard Di Natale (Leader of the Australian Greens)

Bail Justice

The Wagner Brothers

Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 2

Vaughan Mills, who splits his time between Brisbane and Port Moresby heads the Corrs Chambers Westgarth  Australian and PNG practices. Other key lawyers include Michael MacGinley and Bruce Adkins who provide a wealth of experience in mining and metals and related infrastructure. The team now benefits from a number of new hires including Abigail Gill who has joined from a global resources corporation. The practice can handle the full life cycle of resources and energy projects and has a strong international referral network.

Practice head(s):

Vaughan Mills

Testimonials

Deep knowledge and a commercial and practical approach to solving complex issues.’

Key clients

Newcrest Mining

Harmony Gold

Fortescue Metals Group Limited

NRW Holdings

Queensland Government

Bullseye Mining Limited

Peabody

MACH Energy

UGL Limited

Project development Tier 2

At Corrs Chambers WestgarthAndrew Stephenson in Melbourne and Matthew Muir in Brisbane head up the projects practice. Airlie Fox has a wealth of experience in transport infrastructure and PPP projects as does David Warren,  Peter Schenk, John Walter and Andrew Chew. In Sydney, Michael Earwacker and special counsel Carla Mills take on related disputes on behalf of contractors and government clients. The team is entrusted with mandates involving road and rail developments, major PPPs in the health sector and projects in the energy industries. Simon Ashworth has left to join K&L Gates.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Stephenson; Matthew Muir

Key clients

Santos

Lend Lease

Laing O’Rourke

Downer Engineering

CIMIC

John Holland

Woodside Energy

Bombardier

Pacific Partnerships

Shell

UGL Limited

Queensland Government

Victorian Government

Coles (Wesfarmers)

Western Australia Government

Acciona

Fulton Hogan

Fortescue Metals Group

HDI Lucas

Real estate Tier 2

Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s team consists of ‘accessible partners backed by good juniors’. Headed by Melbourne-based Nathaniel Popelianski, the practice is best known for its work on mixed-use developments, transactions, commercial leasing and urban infrastructure projects. Sectors of particular expertise include education, health and social care, retail, leisure, social and affordable housing, build-to-rent and residential. Peter Calov is a key name and recently acted for Landream on the acquisition of a 1.2 hectare development site from the City of Sydney Council which will be developed into apartments and public facilities. Clients include commercial landlords, banks, corporate occupiers, project sponsors and investors.

Practice head(s):

Nathaniel Popelianski

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Accessibility to partners backed by good juniors. Commerciality and experience in dealing with government departments.’

‘Daryl Clifford has the technical experience and knowledge I need but the understanding of client needs when it comes to costs and turn around and commerciality.’

Key clients

SGCH Portfolio Ltd, a subsidiary of St George Community Housing Ltd.

Mirvac Group

Danias Holdings

Goodman

Coles Limited

Landream

Blackstone Group

Fife Capital

Ashe Morgan

University of Melbourne

Country Garden Australia

Queensland Government (Department Of Transport & Main Roads)

Queensland Government (Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games, Queensland Treasury, Department of Attorney General)

Shopping Centres Australasia Property Group RE Limited

National Australia Bank

Frasers Property Australia

Stockland Corporation Limited

Cedar Woods

Regulatory compliance and investigations Tier 2

At Corrs Chambers Westgarth, the anti-bribery and corruption and financial services regulation departments assist clients on a broad range of state and federal government inquiries, regulatory investigations, white-collar prosecutions and Royal Commissions. Forming the client roster are the big four banks, international accounting firms, global corporations in addition to state and government entities. Team heads Mark Wilks and Simon Johnson are based in Sydney while the Melbourne office has been bolstered by the arrivals of the 'outstanding'  Craig Phillips and Abigail Gill from Patrick & Associates and BHP respectively. The Commonwealth Bank of Australia recently appointed the group to conduct a review of Part A of its Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Programme.

Practice head(s):

Mark Wilks; Simon Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Michael Chaaya; Kirsty Sutherland;

Testimonials

‘Partners Craig Phillips and Abigail Gill and consultant Annette Hughes are all outstanding. Special Counsel Elena Stojcevski is outstanding as well.’

‘Kirsty Sutherland has considerable experience in the area.’

Key clients

eBay

PayPal

AustSafe Pty Ltd (AustSafe Super); IS Industry Superannuation Pty Ltd (Intrust Super); QSuper Board (QSuper); Sunsuper Pty Ltd (Sunsuper Superannuation Fund)

Bank of China

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s restructuring, insolvency and special solutions team covers the full range of matters including front-end refinancings, securities and loan issues, restructurings, insolvency processes and the related contentious matters. It is also recognised for its expertise in the retail and mining sectors; it recently advised on the voluntary administration of the Red Lea Group and assisted the receivers and managers of Lake Coal and Fassi Coal with the sale of the Wallarah Coal joint venture. Cameron Cheetham heads the practice, which also fields litigators Sam Delaney and Craig Ensor, and Patrick O’Grady, who has notable experience in distressed lending and workout and restructuring arrangements. Michelle Dean was also promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Cameron Cheetham

Other key lawyers:

Sam Delaney; Craig Ensor; Patrick O’Grady; Michelle Dean

Testimonials

The team get along very well and share opportunities in a collaborative way that gives you confidence as a client that they are focused on delivering a great result, rather than personal reward. Importantly, the team at Corrs is pretty flat in the sense that most of them are very experienced, senior lawyers so the work is done very efficiently.

Cameron Cheetham has technical insolvency and restructuring skills with a very common sense approach to deals. He has lots of international experience that he brings to the table in negotiations that require a firm position to be taken. He is not afraid to formulate and implement strict legal solutions, but has the commercial acumen to understand when it should and shouldn’t be done.

Incredibly agile firm who have extremely good lawyers across all the disciplines. The firm work together in a united fashion and are my go-to firm on anything complex.

Cameron Cheetham is an extremely well connected and bold lawyer who always looks for the commercial solution and has proven credentials delivering superior outcomes.

Craig Ensor is an extraordinarily thorough and reliable lawyer who works through issues and fights in the trenches with you in the hard times.

Clearly they know their stuff in terms of their knowledge of the law and the insolvency field generally. Perhaps that’s a given but where they’re exceptional is in their understanding of what’s most important to their clients to achieve the best commercial outcome in the most cost effective manner.

Sam Delaney exhibits a great understanding of what’s required to help us achieve our commercial goals in the fastest, most cost-effective manner. He’s responsive and easy to deal with. His advice is practical, pragmatic and clearly communicated; an excellent practitioner in his field.

Key clients

BlackRock

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Deloitte

CBS

HLB Mann Judd

McGrathNicol

M.H. Carnegie

Macquarie Bank

Metrics Credit Partners

National Australia Bank

Remagen Capital

SC Lowy

Moelis

Monash Capital

Competition and trade Tier 3

Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s team adopts a ‘down-to-earth approach’ and utilises its ‘in-depth knowledge of the law’ in advising clients including domestic and international corporates such as global technology companies, international accounting firms, leading energy corporations, and others. Mark McCowan and Andrew Korbel jointly lead the practice which is well positioned to handle not only competition matters but also international trade and anti-dumping, advising  governments, private sector companies and international trade bodies. It assisted Comcast Corporation on the Australian aspects of competition issues relating to the client’s proposed $65bn acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox. The group expanded its offering in competition litigation and investigations with the arrival of Craig Phillips, who joined in February 2019 from Patrick & Associates and consultant Ian Reynolds is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Mark McCowan; Andrew Korbel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team stands out for its great industry knowledge, commitment to the transaction at hand, great negotiation skills, and an understanding of what the client needs

The practice is unique and team members are highly skilled in consumer law matters. The team also has a strong working knowledge of current government priorities and issues, which also gives it a strategic advantage

The competition team always offers pragmatic, solution-driven advice that allows us to identify risks and easily implement solutions to mitigate them. Members of the team are strong communicators, and we really appreciate their candour and ability to summarise complex legalities in simple, understandable terms. They are very responsive to requests for advice and possess an in-depth knowledge on the sector

The team has the ability to get to the nub of the commercial issue, and then overlay the technical aspects of the law

Mark McCowan and Ian Reynolds are a formidable team. We really appreciate their enthusiasm, dynamism, insights and knowledge

Mark McCowan is an excellent operator.  He has an incredible technical grasp of the law, but his real value lies in both his ability to understand how the law impacts the business, as well as his authentic delivery

Consultant Ian Reynolds has been a standout adviser to our company. His strong technical advice, in-depth industry knowledge and pragmatic approach are invaluable

Key clients

Coles

Google

Wesfarmers

Rea Group

Medibank

NBN Co

AB InBev

Johnson & Johnson

BP

Comcast Corporation

Mackay Sugar

Ebos Group

Cub Pty

Australian Sugar Industry Alliance

Kam Kiu Aluminium Group

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Sandy Mak, who heads the Corrs Chambers Westgarth group, has long-standing experience advising on corporate transactions for domestic and global clients including private equity investments. Other core team members including Andrew Lumsden, who also co-chairs the China business group, and Justin Fox, who has some 25 years of experience with particular expertise in the media and digital sectors. Adam Foreman, who joined from Clayton Utz in 2018, has a background acting for clients in the media and finance sectors, while 'great problem solver' Robert Clarke focuses on acting for financial sponsors. Fadi Khoury brings an outstanding reputation when acting on any matters involving funds.

Practice head(s):

Sandy Mak

Testimonials

Exceptional technical lawyers that are also very commercially astute. They know what is important and what is not at all times along the journey of a transaction and are very diplomatic.’

The team, led by Fadi managed an extremely challenging transaction for us with very a difficult counterparty. The team cohesiveness, work ethic, attention to detail and ability to generate consensus to achieve the desired outcomes was outstanding. We look forward to working with Fadi and his team as we grow continue to grow our business.’

Justin Fox and Robert Clarke of the Melbourne office essentially smoothed the path for us. They understood our circumstances and articulated them well. They are also prepared to offer a reasonable fee quote with clear scope of work.’

Robert Clarke is particularly good. he has a great ability to put himself in the client shoes and not over-lawyer. Very personable, highly intelligent and articulate. Great problem solver. Commercially savvy. Great level of client service.’

Key clients

Warburg Pincus

Wesfarmers

Macquarie Corporate Holdings

Unigestion SA

Certis CISCO Security

ENN Group

Bullseye Mining Limited

MNF Group

AJ Lucas Group

JustKapital

EBOS Group

REA Group

ESR Group

Apollo Global Management

Adelaide Brighton Limited

Holcim Limited

Insurance Tier 3

Corrs Chambers Westgarth assists clients with issues arising in relation to large-scale infrastructure projects as well as related coverage disputes. A standout highlight for the department is the team’s work on insurance issues arising in the context of the high-value Sydney Metro Northwest project. Also of note, the practice has niche expertise in surety bond facilities; Patrick O’Grady is a specialist in this field. Melbourne-based practice head Daniel Marquet specialises in insurance litigation, as does senior counsel Frank Lawson in Sydney. Marquet is also well versed in assisting private-and public-sector clients with insurance and risk advice.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Marquet

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Chubb

Euler

Vero

Swiss Re

American International Group

Liberty Insurance

Zurich Insurance

Allianz Insurance

Tokio Marine

Argo Insurance

Berkshire Hathaway

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

Corrs Chambers Westgarth focuses its workplace health and safety efforts on the energy, natural resources, mining and minerals sectors; it also counts BP, Downer EDI and Serco as key clients. The group is regularly instructed by major corporates on health and safety compliance issues and investigations; Sydney-based Jack de Flamingh recently advised Ferrovial Agroman on issues arising from the Toowoomba Second Crossing project. Melbourne-based John Tuck heads up the department, which also includes Nicholas Ellery in the Perth office.

Practice head(s):

John Tuck

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

BP

Downer EDI

Ferrovial Agroman (Australia) Pty Ltd

Serco

Hays

Victorian Government

Project finance Tier 3

Corrs Chambers Westgarth is home to a 'commercial, diligent and proactive' project finance team. It acts for a range of state government, banking and corporate entities on the financing and PPPs in relation to energy, mining, transport and social infrastructure projects; its mandates range from LNG and road projects to those relating to hospitals or student accommodation developments. Rommel Harding-Farrenberg is considered a 'go-to' for project finance and Clare Corke is also highlighted for her finance capabilities. Matthew Muir and Andrew Stephenson who co-head the project team and Vaughan Mills  are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Rommel Harding-Farrenberg

Testimonials

The Corrs Chambers project finance team are commercial, diligent and proactive. Importantly, they are also balanced and interesting to work with; which is important given the scope of some of the transactions we have worked together with the Corrs team on.’

Rommel Harding-Farrenberg is a thoughtful, experienced and respectful partner, who is not afraid to give direct and straight forward advice. He is our go-to legal professional when seeking project finance expertise.’

The Corrs team retain an amazing recollection of contracts they wrote years ago, understanding the situation and how the contract clauses still apply today. Very flexible and understanding of our position, looking out for our interests.’

Clare Cork and Vaughan Mills have been instrumental in our contracts. The knowledge they have is essential to obtaining value for money in dealing with Corrs, which includes explaining things to our management in language that is plain, as well as protecting our position in regard to complex transactions.

Key clients

ANZ Banking Group

Australian Paper

CBA

CIMIC Group

CPB Contractors

Dacian Gold

Macquarie

Mirvac

NAB

Oil Search Limited

Pacific Partnerships

Panterra Gold

Queensland Government

Queensland Health

SGCH Portfolio Ltd

SGCH Sustainability Limited

Summer Housing

UGL

Victorian Government

Tax Tier 3

Lawyers at Corrs Chambers Westgarth are ‘focused, capable and offer prompt advice’. The team is routinely engaged by clients from industries such as real estate, mining and natural resources, social and affordable housing, healthcare, technology and telecommunications to act on tax issues arising from major projects. Examples of the workload include high-value M&A transactions, GST issues and complex restructurings. In Melbourne, Rhys Jewell serves as team head and is a transactions expert, acting on matters including inbound and outbound investments, private equity and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Rhys Jewell

Other key lawyers:

Mark Payne

Testimonials

‘The team is focused, capable and offers prompt and effective advice.’

‘Mark Payne is really committed to his clients. He is 100% reliable and provides excellent advice. He is personable and lovely to work with.’

Key clients

EBOS Group

REA Group

Department of Health and Human Services (Victoria)

TNS Inc

BP Australia

Deliveroo

Serco

Wesfarmers

Macquarie Capital

ENN Group

Capital markets

At Corrs Chambers Westgarth, the firm’s corporate department leads the equity work while the DCM expertise sits in the banking and finance practice; Sandy Mak leads the corporate group and Brad Robinson heads up the DCM team. The equity practice, which includes Jeremy Horwood and Robert Franklyn, is singled out for its experience in the mining and energy resources sector and has a growing reputation among listed investment vehicles; key clients include Volt Resources, RTG Mining and Neuberger Berman. On the debt side, the group is handling some innovative matters; it recently advised BNY Mellon on the first Australian only perils cat bond.

Practice head(s):

Sandy Mak; Brad Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Brad Robinson is highly responsive and proactive, and understands our deals, pressure points and commercial imperatives intimately.

Key clients

Equity Trustees Limited

BNY Mellon

Perpetual Trustee

Carnarvon Petroleum Ltd

IFM Investors

UniSuper

SA Powernetworks

Euroz Securities Ltd

Hartleys Limited

Dacian Gold

RTG Mining

Volt Resources

Amani Gold Limited

Aspire Mining Ltd

Star Combo Australia Pty Ltd

New Gold Inc.

Neuberger Berman Australia Pty Ltd

Chairman: Stephen Price

Chief Executive Officer & Senior Partner: Gavin MacLaren

Firm overview: 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 & Resources
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications
  • Financial Services
  • Life Sciences
  • Consumer & Retail
  • Transport & Logistics
  • Real Estate
  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Food & Agribusiness
  • Government
  • Health & Aged Care.
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Martin Byres  photo Mr Martin Byres Special Counsel.
Mr James Cameron  photo Mr James Cameron Special Counsel
Mr Paul Careless  photo Mr Paul Careless Special Counsel.
Ms Franka Cheung  photo Ms Franka Cheung Special Counsel
Mr Stuart Clague  photo Mr Stuart Clague Special Counsel
Ms Helen Clarke  photo Ms Helen Clarke Partner.
Mr Daryl Clifford  photo Mr Daryl Clifford Partner.
Mr Rod Dann  photo Mr Rod Dann Partner.
Ms Leanne Dorricott  photo Ms Leanne Dorricott Special Counsel
Mr Nigel Duffield  photo Mr Nigel Duffield Special Counsel
Ms Joanne Dwyer  photo Ms Joanne Dwyer Special Counsel
Mr Brian Fisher  photo Mr Brian Fisher Special Counsel
Ms Stephanie Gallagher  photo Ms Stephanie Gallagher Partner
Mr Greg Hassall  photo Mr Greg Hassall Partner.
Mr Jeremy Horwood  photo Mr Jeremy Horwood Partner.
Mr Kenneth Imako  photo Mr Kenneth Imako Senior Associate
Mr Michael Kimmins  photo Mr Michael Kimmins Partner.
Mr Nick Le Mare  photo Mr Nick Le Mare Partner
Ms Carol Lee  photo Ms Carol Lee Special Counsel
Mr Michael Leong  photo Mr Michael Leong Partner.
Mr Brent Lillywhite  photo Mr Brent Lillywhite Partner
Mr Rhys Lloyd-Morgan  photo Mr Rhys Lloyd-Morgan Special Counsel
Mr Michael MacGinley  photo Mr Michael MacGinley Partner.
Ms Christine Maher  photo Ms Christine Maher Consultant.
Mr Allan Mana  photo Mr Allan Mana Partner
Mr Andrew McCormack  photo Mr Andrew McCormack Partner
Mr Vaughan Mills  photo Mr Vaughan Mills Partner
Mr Matthew Muir  photo Mr Matthew Muir Special Counsel.
Ms Leanne O’Brien  photo Ms Leanne O’Brien Special Counsel.
Mr Justin O’Callaghan  photo Mr Justin O’Callaghan Special Counsel
Mr Joshua Paffey  photo Mr Joshua Paffey Partner
Mr Henry Prokuda  photo Mr Henry Prokuda Consultant.
Mr Peter Schenk  photo Mr Peter Schenk Partner.
Mr Eddie Scuderi  photo Mr Eddie Scuderi Partner and Brisbane Partner-In-Charge.
Ms Seanna Strong  photo Ms Seanna Strong Special Counsel.
Ms Alison Teh  photo Ms Alison Teh Special Counsel
Mr Nick Thorne  photo Mr Nick Thorne Special Counsel
Mr Ryan Warokra  photo Mr Ryan Warokra Special Counsel
Ms Anna White  photo Ms Anna White Special Counsel
Ms Frances Williams  photo Ms Frances Williams Partner.
Number of partners : 120
Number of lawyers : 600+
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