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Australia > Data protection Tier 3

Hall & Wilcox‘s cyber team advises on the whole life cycle of a cyber claim, from triaging incidents to managing forensic investigations and post-incident advisory services. The team is co-led by Eden Winokur and John Gray in Sydney, and Alison Baker in Melbourne. Baker has experience with both GDPR and the Privacy Act 1988 issues; Gray specialises in commercial transactions in the cyber field; and Winokur’s practice spans cyber, privacy, dispute and insurance matters, within Australia and internationally. Clients range from large commercial bodies to healthcare providers; the latter is a specialism of Sydney-based Alison Choy Flannigan.

Practice head(s):

Eden Winokur; Alison Baker; John Gray

Other key lawyers:


‘The team’s expertise was evident from our very first meeting, and the advice they gave us ensured the best possible outcome in a very difficult situation.’

The team’s advice always had the best interests of those impacted by the cyber attack at its core, while ensuring the risks to our business were mitigated as much as possible.’

‘There are few firms at the forefront of the explosion of issues surrounding cyber protection, cyber insurance and changes to the privacy landscape. Hall & Wilcox have been able to provide sound and timely advice consistently, whilst understanding our business needs and proactively sending advice/bulletins to help us keep ahead.’

‘Eden Winokur and his team have provided excellent written and verbal advice making a very complicated area of the law easy to navigate with practical commercial steps. Eden’s cyber and insurance expertise combined with specialist privacy associates have been invaluable to our organisation.’

Key clients

NSW Department of Customer Services

Australian New Zealand Gynaecological and Oncology Group (ANZGOG)

Surgery TV

Anywhere Physio

Work highlights

  • Acting for the NSW Department of Customer Service on all legal aspects of the NSW Government’s Life Journeys program.
  • Advising Australia New Zealand Gynaecological and Oncology Group (ANZGOG) on the legal and regulatory requirements concerning the creation of the largest Biobank in Australia for gynaecological and oncology research, referred to as the TR-ANZGOG project.
  • Advised Surgery TV on its video platform, including health regulatory issues, the use, collection and distribution of health information, and obtaining clinical consent by patients.

Australia > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

The ‘well-regarded and highly experienced’ Mark Petrucco in Sydney leads Hall & Wilcox‘s commercial dispute resolution team, which has bases in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide. Alongside commercial litigation expertise, the team is experienced in Royal Commissions and regulatory proceedings. ‘Stand outJacob Uljans and ‘go-toGraydon Dowd, both in Melbourne, are sought after for commercial litigation. Also in Melbourne is public sector specialist Kathryn Howard, who is praised as ‘exceptional’.

Practice head(s):

Mark Petrucco

Other key lawyers:

Graydon Dowd; Kathryn Howard; Penelope Ford; Wayne Kelcey; Stephen Klotz; Tom McMahon; Jacob Uljans; Hector West; Scott Butler; David Dickens; Katherine Payne; Ann Watson


‘Mark Petrucco is a well-regarded and highly experienced insolvency and financial services litigator.’

‘Overall the team is practical and effective.’

‘Graydon Dowd is thorough, reliable and determined.’

‘Stephen Klotz takes a highly practical, thoughtful and strategic approach. He gets across the detail quickly and is an effective advocate in ADR proceedings. He is very accessible and responsive.’

‘The practice are experts in the law but also have a very commercial approach and take the time to really understand businesses so that the advice they give is targeted and useable. They are not afraid to give clear directions.’

‘Jacob Uljans is a stand out lawyer. Clever, personable, available, strategic. He is a top pick for any litigation.’

‘Graydon Dowd in Melbourne is a “go to” at the firm, he has proven to be a safe set of hands especially in dispute resolution/management. If Graydon is unable to assist, he is usually able to refer the matter to the appropriate subject-matter expert within the firm. ’

‘Kathryn Howard is an exceptional solicitor. She immerses herself fully in her matters. She provides clear, sound and timely advice to her clients.’

Key clients

Australian Taxation Office (ATO)

Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA)

Fujitsu Australia Limited


Nutrien AG Solutions Limited

McKinsey & Company

Australian Unity

Dennis Family Homes


Head, Transport for Victoria (part of the Department of Transport)


JBS Australia

Mitre 10/Metcash



Savcor Communications Pty Ltd

Sushi Sushi


Work highlights

  • Acting for PwC, as liquidators of the Hastie Group, in claims totalling $156m against 16 of Australia’s largest building groups.
  • Acted for the former Prime Minister of Australia, the honourable Mr Malcolm Turnbull AC, in response to a notice he received from the Royal Commission into the Robodebt Scheme.
  • Acting for Head, Transport for Victoria in relation to three disputed claims in the Supreme Court of Victoria seeking approximately $120m+ in compensation in relation to the Mordialloc Bypass, pursuant to the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986 (Vic).

Australia > Environment and planning Tier 3

Acting for a varied client roster of utility and social infrastructure providers, public and private stakeholders, as well as government bodies, Hall & Wilcox is known for advising on compensation claims for land acquisition and financial loss. Primarily based in Melbourne, the team has deep knowledge surrounding the development, investigation, remediation of contaminated land. Meg Lee acts for clients in environmental approvals and appeals, while Rory O’Connor focuses on development and infrastructure projects. Brisbane's Brendan Tobin frequently handles climate change litigation and greenfield project approvals, while Stan Kondilios, who leads the Sydney group, assists clients with development proposals, ensuring they are environmentally sustainable. Natalie Bannister is skilled in handling environmental disputes, and Luke Denham frequently advises on land compensation.

Practice head(s):

Meg Lee; Rory O’Connor; Stan Kondilios; Brendan Tobin; Natalie Bannister

Other key lawyers:


‘Hall & Wilcox provide a great service, with clear advice and attention to detail. The firm is highly experienced in planning and environment, and capable of managing transactional work, through to complex proceedings and large scale assessment and approval processes.’

‘Meg Lee provides an excellent service. She cares about our business, and brings together the technical skills of her firm with sound strategic judgment that has a clear focus on outcomes.’

‘Dedicated responsive team. Great team to interact with. They are happy to advise strongly against courses of action, even when there is political pressure to take a certain position.’

‘Stan Kondilios provides clear, firm, and sound advice, even when it may not be what we as clients want to hear, which gives me confidence they are acting in our best interests. Always super responsive and when dealing with your matter.’

Key clients

Department of Environment Land Water and Planning VIC, now Department of Transport and Planning

Riverlee Caruso Epping Pty Ltd

City of Kingston

Victorian Rail Track Corporation

Scentre Group

Southeastern Infrastructure Management Group Ltd

Greater Geelong City Council

Dandy Premix Concrete Pty Ltd

Sterling Global

Minister for Planning

Elanora Offshore Dev Co Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Elanora Offshore on its application for a feasibility licence for the development of an offshore wind farm in the Gippsland Declared Area.
  • Advised the Minister for Planning and the Department in an Advisory Committee process in relation to the Declaration of the Bass Coast as a Distinctive Area and Landscape.
  • Advising Grollo Carbon Ventures on its proposal to operate and manage carbon farming initiatives on various properties.

Australia > Fintech and financial services regulatory Tier 3

Praised as ‘a stand out in the field of emerging technology, specifically blockchain’, Hall & Wilcox‘s Melbourne office is a popular destination for fintech companies looking to set up their Australian operations. The unit is also known for its far-reaching financial services contentious and non-contentious regulation advice. Practice co-head Harry New‘s regulatory expertise covers advice on the Corporations Act and the National Consumer Protection Act. Fellow co-head John Bassilios is embedded in fintech and blockchain and is additionally well placed to advise on the establishment and development of financial products. Eugene Chen is well versed in anti-money laundering legislation, and Hamish McNair assists clients with their responses to regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):

Harry New; John Bassilios

Other key lawyers:

Eugene Chen; Hamish Mcnair


‘Hall and Wilcox stand out in the field of emerging technology, specifically blockchain. The firm is regularly supporting the industry and is at the forefront from a knowledge perspective.’

‘John Bassilios is a standout partner. His diligence and attention to detail are excellent.’

‘A very solid team with good technical and commercial understanding.’

‘John Bassilios has a very good understanding of the crypto space.’

Key clients

Hope Housing Fund Management


IBA Group

Sire Custodians

Plenti Group

Mezfi Pty Ltd

Whitebit Australia Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Islamic Bank Australia (IBA) on becoming the first Islamic bank licensed in Australia. The bank has been granted its restricted ADI licence, and will operate as a fintech.
  • Advised Fidira on the establishment of a digital currency exchange which onboards clients through the purchase of a gift card through retail outlets and online stores.
  • Acted for Plenti in establishing a new investment market for its unique peer-to-peer retail lending platform.

Australia > Insurance Tier 3

Hall & Wilcox‘s insurance practice demonstrates considerable expertise in general and statutory insurance claims. The team counts major insurers, corporate insurers, state government schemes, reinsurers, insurance intermediaries, and financial institutions as key clients which it advises on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Its top areas of instruction include cyber insurance, headed by Eden Winokur, property and construction liability claims, led by Melbourne-based Matt McDonald, and Chris Sacré leads the marine insurance group. Philip Hopley heads the non-contentious offering, while Gemma Dehn and newly-made partner Bridget Wall (in Brisbane) specialise in professional indemnity product lines and complex coverage issues. Rhett Slocombe chairs the practice from its Sydney office where all of the practitioners mentioned are based unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Curll; Anastasia Coutsouvelis; Grant Galvin; Terry Killian; Matt McDonald; Anton Vucak

Other key lawyers:


For a practice to be unique requires experienced, dynamic individuals that understand the implications of law but most importantly have the strength and ability to advise on commercial strategy. I believe that the Individuals I have worked with at Hall & WIilcox met this requirement.’

The team has an excellent group of lawyers including partners with specialist experience in various areas including commercial contracts and M&A.’

I highly recommend Philip Hopley. He is excellent as a specialist lawyer and has an incredible way of making complex concepts palatable to the business to understand. He can articulate clearly the commercial impacts on the business and is very considerate and courteous to everyone.’

A national firm with offerings across a wide range of specialties within the insurance industry. Engaged Partners willing to work with clients to achieve outcomes.’

Exceptional legal knowledge and skills particularly around insurance law coupled with very open, honest, and easy going communication. We have partnered with the firm on many successful individual and group actions and innovative processes.’

Key clients

Insurance Australia Ltd




Lloyd’s of London/London Market Insurers

Lexon Insurance Pte Ltd

Statutory schemes across Australia

Registered life insurers and friendly societies

Underwriting agencies

Work highlights

  • Acting for IAG, Allianz and CommInsure, and more than 200 of their insureds, in a major class action following a bushfire in Parkerville, Western Australia in 2014.
  • Successfully defending IAG against a claim for over $1.3 million including damages, costs and interest following storm damage to the Plaintiff’s property.
  • Successfully defending a Queensland solicitor and his insurer in negligence proceedings, brought by the widow and two daughters of Queensland mining magnate Ken Talbot, who alleged our client failed to finalise Talbot’s new will before he died, causing loss of financial benefits.

Australia > Media and entertainment Tier 3

The team at Hall & Wilcox ‘offers commercial, agile and sound advice and support’ across the breadth of media and broadcasting matters. The practice is led by Martin Ross, who assists key sports and media clients. Other practitioners to note are James Deady, who is experienced in sports licensing work and media rights transactions; and Mark Lebbon, who is ‘reliable, personable and great at his craft’.

Practice head(s):

Martin Ross

Other key lawyers:


‘H&W handle many aspects of our business from a legal perspective and do so with aplomb.’

‘Martin Ross is our main point of call, as he understands our business intimately after many years.’

‘The team are absolute experts in their area. They have exceptional turnaround times and allow the client to help guide the legal process.’

‘Martin Ross is knowledgeable across so many sports rights deals that there is nothing that he hasn’t experienced before and can’t apply to the matter at hand!’

‘The team offers commercial, agile and sound advice and support.’

‘A bespoke package with expertise offered at different levels within the firm.’

‘Mark Lebbon – if you want something done to perfection with fast turnaround, Mark is your guy. For high-risk, high-value transactions, my mind is at ease when I know Mark is involved. He is reliable, personable and great at his craft.’

Australia > Real estate Tier 3

Well regarded for its health and affordable social housing offering, Hall & Wilcox is adept in advising on government and public infrastructure portfolios, property developments and REITs. Natalie Bannister co-leads the practice and is proficient in commercial, industrial, and retail leasing work as well as utilities infrastructure projects. Fellow co-head John O’Kane is noted for his expertise in the development of healthcare assets and residential apartment developments. Based in Sydney, Jennifer Degotardi is knowledgeable of title and development matters pertaining to renewable development projects. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Melbourne, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Bannister; John O’Kane

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Degotardi; Jane Baddeley; Emily Kyriacou


‘H&W was able to advise us on all of our requirements across multiple different areas and facilitate a smooth transition.’

Key clients

Australian Unity’s Healthcare Property Trust

Regis Aged Care Pty Ltd.

Indigenous Business Australia

Greater Geelong City Council

Dandy Premix Concrete Pty Ltd, Dandy Premix Quarries Pty Ltd

Transport Asset Holding Entity of New South Wales

Collins Place Pty Ltd

Metung Hot Springs Pty Ltd

Jesmond Aged Care

Laminex Group Pty Limited

Goldwind Australia Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Australian Unity’s Healthcare Property Trust on the $220m acquisition of nine residential aged care facilities in South Australia from Bolton Clarke.
  • Advised renewable energy developer Goldwind Australia on the finalisation of all land tenure arrangements for the Coppabella Wind Farm.
  • Assisted Indigenous Business Australia with the acquisition of 106-112 High Street, Shepperton, Victoria with an underlying land area which has been pre-let to the Victorian Government Department of Treasury.

Australia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

The ‘technically and strategically excellent’ restructuring and insolvency practice at Hall & Wilcox has a significant reach throughout Australia, with a presence in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. The team is regularly instructed on informal restructurings under the protection of the safe harbour against insolvent trading, formal restructures though voluntary administration and deed of company arrangement. Leading from Sydney, Mark Petrucco draws on more than 26 years of experience. Scott Butler leads from the Brisbane office and is a key name for turnarounds and restructurings, while Wayne Kelcey leads from Melbourne. The ‘very commercial and strategicHector West leads from Perth. Adrian Lasky is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Mark Petrucco; Scott Butler; Wayne Kelcey; Hector West

Other key lawyers:

Megan Scott; Ann Watson; Ebenezer Assibey-Bonsu


‘Hall & Wilcox’s Insolvency & Restructuring Team is one of Brisbane’s leading restructuring practices with a team that has a demonstrated history of delivering solutions for complex insolvency problems.’

‘Hall & Wilcox’s Brisbane team is led by Scott Butler and Ann Watson. Scott’s experience and technical ability ensure he is focused on delivering workable real-world solutions that can be implemented. Scott ensures that all options are explored to deliver a balanced commercial outcome that is acceptable to all parties. Ann’s experience allows her to bring legal expertise across the spectrum of distressed matters reflecting an ability to identify pragmatic solutions for lenders, creditors and company stakeholders.’

‘Very commercial advice, however they are technically and strategically excellent as well.’

‘Hector West – very commercial and also strategic in how he approaches issues.’

Ebenezer Assibey-Bonsu – great communicator with great attention to detail

Key clients

William Buck Australia


Korda Mentha

McGrath Nicol

Grant Thornton

Cor Cordis

BDO Australia

Moore Australia (part of the Moore Global Group)

BRI Ferrier

FTI Consulting

Nostra Homes

Work highlights

  • Acting for PwC as liquidators of the Hastie Group in claims totalling $156m against 16 of Australia’s largest building groups.
  • Advised Richstone Plumbing, a large commercial plumbing business, on the pre-planned restructure and sale of the business via voluntary administration and court approval.
  • Advising Nostra Property Group on its agreement to acquire Porter Davis’s multiple dwelling business following the collapse of Porter David.

Australia > Tax Tier 3

The tax practice at ‘fresh, innovative and progressive law firmHall & Wilcox regularly assists clients with tax structuring, advisory, dispute management and compliance matters. The team has specific expertise in the banking, funds, insurance, property, construction, health and media industries, to name a few. Frank Hinoporos focuses his practice on cross-border tax and succession planning for high-net-worth individuals and family offices. Anthony Bradica is well versed in advising corporate clients on the tax aspects of business transactions, while Sydney-based partner Jim Koutsokostas has expertise in the banking, government and construction sectors. Jacqueline McGrath is a tax litigation expert who regularly acts for a range of clients, including large multinational companies and individuals in disputes with the ATO. Special counsel Adam Dimac is also a key name to note. All lawyers are based in Sydney unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Frank Hinoporos

Other key lawyers:


‘Outstanding interpersonal skills. Exceptional and well versed knowledge base. Commitment to pro bono services. Always happy to go above and beyond. Fresh, innovative and progressive law firm. ’

‘Jim Koutsokostas is exceptional and needs recognition. Prompt to reply to emails. Extremely helpful. Willing to share knowledge and help develop skills. Outstanding and ongoing commitment to pro bono services. Rachel Law and Todd Bromwhich are very friendly, supportive, approachable and knowledgeable. ’

‘Jacqui McGrath is an outstanding advisor. She is astute; keeps herself informed of legal and economic conditions potentially affecting her clients; has experience of working with the revenue and private clients; and is strategic. To those qualities Jacqui adds remarkable dedication to getting across the detail of her cases.’

Key clients

Australian Taxation Office

Dandy Premix Concrete

Work highlights

  • Acted for a family on the $85m sale of their business to national player Maas Group Holdings.
  • Appointed to the Australian Tax Office’s Tax Technical Legal Services Panel to provide legal services in relation to the full range of tax technical areas.

Australia > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

With a highly experienced team, Hall & Wilcox attracts clients from across a host of industries, and – through its recent expansion into Western Australia – the department has a corporate offering across Australia’s major states. The group includes Oliver Jankowsky, who specialises in high-value cross-border deals, Ed Paton, head of the Southeast Asia desk, and Martin Ross, the sports and entertainment practice leader. Chris Brown and Jacqui Barrett deal with matters overseas, with Brown heading the UK desk and Barrett coordinating the US desk.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Jankowsky; Ed Paton; Chris Brown; Jacqui Barrett; Martin Ross


‘The thing that marks Hall & Wilcox out is that you can rely on them to give not just first-class legal advice, but to give it in a supremely practical commercial way.’

‘Ed Paton – an excellent operator who will find a way to get the job done.’

‘Chris Brown – brilliant at explaining Australian market practice to UK clients.’

‘Oliver Jankowsky – heads H&W’s unique offering to German investors into the Australian market.’

‘Without doubt, the first choice for advising mid-cap and mid-market companies doing business in Australia.’

Key clients

Dandy Premix Concrete Pty Ltd

Aon Corporation Australia Limited

HW Richardson Group (and its subsidiaries Petrogas & HWR Petroleum)

Deluxe Small Business Sales, Inc


WALDNER Laboreinrichtungen SE & Co. KG

Maggie Beer Holdings Ltd

Sydney Surgical Centre

Putzmeister Group

Varley Group Pty Ltd

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

DGIT Systems

Metung Hot Springs

Nostra Homes


My Prosperity Aust Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Nostra Property Group on its agreement to acquire Porter Davis’s multiple dwelling business, allowing up to 375 Porter Davis end customers to have their homes completed.
  • Acted for Dandy Premix on the $85m sale of its business to national player Maas Group Holdings.
  • Acted for Waldner in its acquisition of the assets and business of Melbourne-based Laboratory Systems Group (Labsystems).

Australia > Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 4

Hall & Wilcox have experienced growth in instructions involving pumped hydro, concentrating solar power and offshore wind. Practice head Mark Dessi is noted for his longstanding experience in the energy, construction and infrastructure sectors. Dessi frequently advises developers, project companies and contractors on a range of corporate transactions within the electricity, gas and water space.

Practice head(s):

Mark Dessi

Key clients

Goldwind Australia Pty Ltd

Stromlo Energy

Enzen Australia Pty Ltd

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) (now DEECA)


Ion Energy


Moorabool Shire Council

Meriton Group

Australian Unity

Work highlights

  • Advising renewable energy developer Goldwind Australia on the take over the finalisation of all land tenure arrangements for the Coppabella Wind Farm following the exercise of their key option agreements. The development can now progress to the construction phase.
  • Advising Enzen Australia Pty Ltd (Enzen), in its role as EPC contractor and provider of O&M services for the Mannum Solar Project, a 30MW solar project to be located in Mannum, South Australia.
  • Advising Trafigura Pte. Ltd, on a financing transaction involving Aurelia Metals Limited, an Australian mining and exploration company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. The transaction encompassed a comprehensive financial package, including a US$24m loan note advance facility and an AU$65m environmental bond facility, with a combined value of approximately AU$100m.

Australia > Labour and employment Tier 4

The national team at Hall & Wilcox offers its client base of public and private sector companies ‘sound advice’ on the gamut of employment, industrial relations and health and safety law. Sydney-based practice head Aaron Dearden, who brings over 25 years of experience to the group, is a key point of contact for prominent Australian and international companies from the maritime, telecoms and transport sectors, along with Fay Calderone, who advises and represents employers in matters involving sexual harassment and discrimination. Rosemary Roach, of the Perth office, advises clients from the public and private sectors on workplace investigations and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Dearden

Other key lawyers:


‘Quality client service. They are extremely reliable, meet deadlines and work long and hard to support our business.’

‘They are innovative, strategic and solution focused. They cut to the bone on the issues at hand and what action we can take to resolve the matter. They do not overpromise and under deliver. They deliver on what they promise.’

‘Very good collaboration on strategic planning.’

‘Rosemary Roach – smart, personable and an expert in her field.’

‘Very experienced team, with stable/longstanding team members. Very pragmatic approach and advice. Great listeners and they are solution oriented.’

‘The team’s availability at very short notice is always appreciated. Time is taken to truly understand issues and solutions offered are commercial and aimed at effectively mitigating risk.’

‘Highly responsive and skilled. Excellent communications and sound advice, capable of immediate implementation.’

Key clients

The State of Queensland (WorkCover Employing Office) (WorkCover Qld)

Michael Page International (Australia) Pty Ltd / PageGroup

AusNet Services

Work highlights

  • Acted for WorkCover Qld seeking orders in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission to terminate or suspend proposed industrial action.
  • Assisting AusNet with an investigation and subsequent rectification of employee underpayment exceeding $10m for over 1,800 affected employees.
  • Assisting with a broad range of litigious and non-litigious employment matters to the human resources function of Michael Page.

Australia > Transport: shipping Tier 4

Hall & Wilcox fields an ‘experienced, commercial, pro-active team with sound knowledge of contract, charter party and personal injury issues’. Key to the group’s multi-jurisdictional expertise is practice head Chris Sacré in Sydney, who is ‘conscientious, commercial and has wide experience of maritime law issues in London and Hong Kong in addition to Australia’. Elsewhere in the team, Kendall Messer in Perth is ‘highly engaged, well connected and fast to grasp detail,’ and is an experienced practitioner, dealing with a range of shipping litigation and transactional work.

Practice head(s):

Chris Sacré

Other key lawyers:

Paul Baxter; Kendall Messer


‘Chris Sacré in Sydney is conscientious, commercial and has wide experience of maritime law issues in London and Hong Kong in addition to Australia. Kendall Messer in Perth is highly engaged, well-connected and fast to grasp detail.’

‘Experienced, commercial, pro-active team with sound knowledge of contract, charter party and personal injury issues.’

Australia > Banking and finance Tier 5

Hall & Wilcox has a well-developed real estate finance practice and a reputation for acting for senior and mezzanine lenders (bank and non-bank) as well as borrowers, including property funds and developers. In Melbourne, Mark Inston has over 25 years’ experience working across all forms of corporate finance.

Practice head(s):

Mark Inston


‘The team I have been working with are technically sound. They know the business of their client well and are able to add value. Prompt response and diversified service team makes the team unique to be able to service the client from different industries or with different cultures.’

‘Mark Inston is a top legal partner, client focused and very technically sound. He is able to lead a team to meet client deadlines without compromising the quality of work. He is able to address the risks for clients in a commercial manner. ’

Key clients

Aqualand Group

Intesa Sanpaolo SpA

Community Housing Provider

Hope Housing Fund Management

JY Holdings

Newmark Capital


Work highlights

  • Advised Aqualand Group on a $600m funding package, which in 2022 was the largest property development project finance arrangements ever provided by a non-bank financier in Australia.
  • Advised a community housing provider in relation to the refinancing by National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation of its existing loan facility.
  • Acting for Trafigura in relation to a significant financing transaction involving Aurelia Metals.

Australia > Infrastructure projects and construction Tier 5

Hall & Wilcox‘s team of ‘creative problem solvers’ is experienced in all forms of procurement, project structuring, construction and project delivery methods. In Melbourne, John O’Kane, who is the national leader of the construction, infrastructure and projects team, and Mark Dessi, an expert in energy and projects matters, are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

John O’Kane; Mark Dessi


‘Creative problem solvers, work with their clients to understand their business and underlying needs and then add value by addressing these needs.’

‘Collaborative, experts in their field, contemporary expertise and efficient.’

‘Highly efficient team providing high-quality advice. Also strong value for money.’

‘A down-to-earth team that is easy to do business with. They are easy to talk to and genuinely seem to appreciate that everyone has their area of expertise and make everyone comfortable to make suggestions or ask questions.’

‘They understand the industry, how contracts are actually used and interpreted in practice and make contracts a useful tool that everyone wants to use, not stuff away in a drawer. John O’Kane in particular just gets construction. And he understands how our business works and where our strengths are.’

‘I found the team to be highly competent. I believe they are more customer centric than the majority of legal teams that I have dealt with in the market. Technology is up to date.’

Key clients

St Vincent’s Healthcare Limited and St Vincent’s Private Hospitals Limited

Owners Corporation No. 1 PS600940E and 145 lot owners in the Atlantis Tower

Crema Constructions Pty Ltd

Enzen Australia Pty Ltd


Compass Housing Group

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Work highlights

  • Assisted St Vincent’s and its project manager Johnstaff to negotiate an early contractor involvement agreement and AS 4300 design and construction agreement for the redevelopment of St Vincent’s Private Hospital’s Fitzroy site, with head contractor Kane Constructions Pty Ltd.
  • Assisted Crema Constructions in its successful bid to be appointed as head contractor for the estimated $120 million St Kilda Beach House development with joint venturers Gurner and Qualitas.
  • Acting for and advising Enzen Australia Pty Ltd in its role as EPC contractor and provider of O&M services for the Mannum Solar project.

Hall & Wilcox is a leading independent Australian law firm.  We are a national firm with eight offices across Australia –  Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane, Darwin and Adelaide, and 950+ people, including over 115 partners.

For more than a century, Hall & Wilcox has been advising businesses and business people, public and private entities and the public sector on a wide range of commercial and legal issues. We act nationally for Australian-based clients and multinational clients with Australian interests.

At Hall & Wilcox, our purpose is to enable our clients, our people and our communities to thrive by practising smarter law. Smarter law is how we help clients achieve their business objectives. Smarter law demands service, solutions, systems and processes that are flexible, responsive, efficient and intelligent. Smarter law leads to greater value for clients.

By remaining an independent firm, when many in Australia merged to become global, Hall & Wilcox has the flexibility to work with clients and other firms with fewer restrictions. We have several international desks led by partners and senior lawyers who are native speakers and understand first hand, the commercial and legal issues of doing business in a particular country. Our international desks include China desk, German desk, Spanish desk, South East Asia desk, European desk, UK desk and US desk.

Areas of practice: Hall & Wilcox’s expertise extends across a broad range of areas including, banking and financial services, corporate and commercial, litigation and dispute resolution, property and projects, insurance, employment and workplace relations, tax, and private clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Tony Macvean +61 3 9603 3582
Practice Leader - Banking and Finance Adrian Verdnik +61 3 9603 3579
Practice Leader - Corporate and Commercial Martin Ross +61 3 9603 3641
Practice Leader - Commercial Dispute Resolution Mark Petrucco +61 2 8267 3831
Practice Leader - Employment Aaron Dearden +61 2 8267 3805
Practice Leader - Private Clients William Moore +61 3 9603 3167
Practice Leader - Property and Projects John O'Kane +61 3 9603 3120
Practice Leader - Tax Frank Hinoporos +61 3 9603 3571
Practice Leader - Insurance Rhett Slocombe +61 2 8267 3869
Practice Leader - Intellectual Property Ben Hamilton +61 3 9603 3586
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Catie  Moore photo Catie Moore Catie is a projects and infrastructure lawyer with over 25 years’ experience,…
James Morvell photo Mr James Morvell James has a broad range of both corporate and general commercial experience, particularly…
Harry New photo Mr Harry New Harry is the lead partner of the firm’s financial services practice. Harry’s…
John O Mr John O"Kane John is a Partner and leads the Property and Projects team at…
Andrew O'Bryan photo Mr Andrew O'Bryan Andrew has substantial knowledge of taxation and commercial practice and advises his…
Michael Parker photo Mr Michael Parker Michael’s practice focuses on tax disputes, capital gains tax, business sales and…
Ed Paton photo Mr Ed Paton Ed’s practice covers private mergers and acquisitions (both local and inbound international),…
Mark Petrucco photo Mr Mark Petrucco Mark lead’s the Commercial Dispute Resolution team at Hall & Wilcox. He…
Martin Ross photo Mr Martin Ross Martin is a Partner at Hall & Wilcox, and leads the firm’s…
Karl Rozenbergs photo Mr Karl Rozenbergs Karl is a Partner and leads the Employment and Workplace Relations team…
Adrian  Verdnik photo Adrian Verdnik Adrian is the section leader of the firm’s national Banking and Financial…
Number of partners: : 115+
Number of lawyers: : 380+
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