Firm Profile > Hall & Wilcox > Melbourne, Australia
Hall & Wilcox Offices
LEVEL 11, RIALTO SOUTH TOWER
525 COLLINS STREET
MELBOURNE, VIC 3000
Hall & Wilcox > The Legal 500 Rankings
Australia > Data protection Tier 3
Hall & Wilcox advises public and private companies in Australia and abroad on a range of matters, including day-to-day privacy compliance, risk management, and data breaches, regulatory investigations and reporting, and internal data policies. The team also acts for local governments and non-profit organisations, as well as supporting start-ups through the firm's Frank offering. Melbourne-based partner Alison Baker heads up the practice, and regularly advises clients on internal privacy audits and matters relating to data breaches. Alison Choy Flannigan is based in Sydney and has a particular focus on the healthcare sector.
‘Collegial and responsive always! Expertise is a given. The expertise and professionalism is across the team from partners to juniors.‘
‘Mark Inston is my main contact and Alison Baker is another partner I deal with regularly. Both are very professional, personal, approachable, and responsive and accommodating to our urgent requests. They know my expectations very well and I can be very frank with them.‘
Singled out for their ‘legal excellence’ and ‘excellent turnaround time’, Hall & Wilcox’s dispute resolution lawyers ‘care about obtaining a fair outcome’ for their client base, which includes domestic and international companies, high-net-worth individuals, government bodies, and statutory authorities. The group’s main focus is placed on corporate and commercial litigation, taken alongside its strength in alternative dispute resolution. Based in Melbourne, Graydon Dowd leads the department, which expanded its presence in Perth with the arrival of Hector West from Dentons in the summer of 2019. Kathryn Howard (Melbourne) is a go-to adviser to a number of public sector clients.
Other key lawyers:
‘Legal excellence, excellent turnaround time, strategic, pragmatic.‘
‘The team’s area of specialism (acquisitions and compensations) is unmatched. They are professional in their negotiations and I have seen nothing but good and satisfactory results from them in the four years I have worked with them.‘
Focus Financial Partners LLC
Dennis Family Homes
SMSF Club Pty
Australia > Insurance Tier 3Hall & Wilcox handles contentious and non-contentious general and statutory insurance matters for a client base consisting of state government schemes, large corporate insurers, and leading brands. The practice regularly acts in conjunction with its colleagues in the tax, funds, wealth, superannuation, and regulatory departments. It is led out of the Sydney office: Rhett Slocombe sits at the helm of the fully integrated national insurance practice, while Matthew Curll serves as head of the general insurance and the financial services and insurance industry groups. Also of note, the team stands out for its Smarter Law solutions involving legal technology, most recently launching an additional legal case management solution. Philip Hopley joined from Herbert Smith Freehills in August 2021.
‘No matter which person you speak with, they deliver a sound, commercial, and sometimes out-of-the-box legal advice that leads to great results. I find that I can contact the team anytime, and vice versa. This brings about a strong relationship that ensures that matters are moved along quickly, economically, and with positive results. The individual solicitors are all focused on delivering great client service, as well as sound legal advice.‘
‘Expert in self-insurer representation. Easy to contact by phone and email. An ability and capacity to provide urgent answers and legal advice. An ability to provide holistic legal advice regarding a range of jurisdictions, as well as to provide consistent advice from a national level perspective. Friendly client service. Tech-savvy.‘
Allianz Australia Insurance Group
Tokio Marine Kiln
Insurance Australia Group
QBE Insurance Australia
Hall & Wilcox is home to a dedicated sports and entertainment practice, fronted by the 'outstanding' Martin Ross in Melbourne. The client roster spans sporting organisations, corporates, governing bodies, athletes, agencies, and sponsors, both Australian and international, who rely on the team for transaction, governance, dispute, media rights, IP, and regulatory work, among other matters. Ross’ track record includes major sponsorship agreements, sporting-related M&A, and advice on rules and regulations; he operates from Melbourne alongside James Deady whose practice encompasses marketing and promotion matters, outsourcing, and IT contracts.
Other key lawyers:
‘Superior knowledge of the sports sector – particularly the way players and governing bodies need to manage risk.
‘Martin Ross is outstanding. The sports sector has a lot of “alpha males” that are difficult to deal with at the best of times, let alone in moments of stress that arise during large commercial deals and or public conflicts. Martin is obviously a very good lawyer, but he’s also an ingredient that clearly provides a sense of safety for these senior executives.’
‘I can compare to other firms with any detailed experience, however, H&W is extremely responsive. Rarely does any query go beyond 12 hours and the advice or direction is precise.’
Australia > Real estate Tier 3At Hall & Wilcox, Natalie Bannister is a specialist in national portfolio management, sales and acquisition, property due diligence, development approvals and the leasing of industrial, retail and commercial assets; she heads the practice from Melbourne alongside John O’Kane who thrives in relation to residential, industrial and commercial developments, frequently working on the related agreements and documentation as well as joint venture arrangements. The practice also focuses on social and affordable housing, property fund transactions, and REITs; it recently gained new partners following the arrivals of Kitty Vo and Meg Lee from Ashurst and Gadens Lawyers respectively.
Arena REIT Management Limited
New World Holdings Pty Ltd
Victory Offices Limited
Compass Housing Services Co Ltd
Department of Treasury and Finance Victoria
Kaufland Australia Pty Ltd
IOOF Holdings Limited
Impact Investment Group
Department of Education and Training Victoria
Fletcher Building Group Ltd
Hume Community Housing Associate Co Ltd
Northwest Healthcare Australia RE and Northwest Healthcare Property REIT
Wyndham City Council
City of Canada Bay
AM Group Pty Ltd
Hall & Wilcox combines employment advisory capabilities with an established reputation in litigation. In particular, the team has recently carved out significant niche expertise in restraint of trade matters. The national practice operates out of offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. Practice head Karl Rozenbergs in Melbourne has deep litigation expertise, regularly dealing with clients in the financial services, aged care, manufacturing sectors and quasi-governmental bodies. Other key names in the team include Alison Baker in Melbourne and Fay Calderone in Sydney.
Australia > Tax Tier 4Hall & Wilcox offers advice across the full spectrum of tax regimes, with capabilities handling tax disputes, M&A transactions and general advice on compliance. The team has particular expertise in a number of sectors, including banking, construction, health, manufacturing and agribusiness. Melbourne-based team head Peter Murray specialises in corporate tax issues involving listed and unlisted corporate groups and high-net-worth individuals.
‘Long term knowledge of and partner with our business. Good relationship with and stability of staff.’
‘Also they look for and raise opportunities for our business which we may not have otherwise seen. Ability to quickly answer specific questions regarding our tax situation and opportunities.’
‘The team has demonstrated prompt response and provided good quality legal advice in dealing with the tax matters.’
‘They have shown in-depth knowledge on the subject matter and exceptionally good advice and recommended solutions to handle the subject matters.’
Global financial services trading service
Bucher Municipal Pty Ltd
AirAsia X Services Pty Ltd
Professional personal financial services advisor
In addition to its recognised strength in property finance, Hall & Wilcox is active in corporate finance, and continues to grow in a number of areas, including social and affordable housing, acting for Chinese banks and non-bank lenders. Clients include senior and mezzanine lenders, borrowers, property funds and developers. Mark Inston heads up the team from Melbourne.
‘The HW finance team has a strong focus on client needs and the highest level of professional service quality.‘
‘Mark Inston, Eugene Chen, Jeanette Liu, and the rest of the finance team have continuously provided high-quality service to various projects of our company. Their level of professionalism, commitment, focus on the client’s need, flexibility, and the overall service quality is among the highest in the industry.‘
‘They go beyond the normal firm and solve issues that arise, working and thinking practically.‘
APN Property Group Limited
Hume Community Housing Association Co Ltd
Westpac Banking Corporation (including St George and Bank of Melbourne
Wingate Corporate Investments Pty Ltd
China Everbright Bank Co., Ltd.
Australia > Construction Tier 5At Hall & Wilcox, the construction department spreads its focus across transportation, hospital, health, commercial, residential property, public sector, energy and utility projects. The team is home to both front and back-end capability with its workload spanning procurement, project structuring and project delivery matters in addition to delay, liquidated damages and professional negligence disputes. Headed by Melbourne-based John O’Kane, the group is well-versed in projects across the entirety of Australia, also occasionally handling those located overseas.
‘I have worked with a number of firms in Melbourne and I find Hall & Wilcox to be the most knowledgeable, professional and always try to keep their price contained. I have worked with them on a number of large scale contracts and they are always thorough and responsive.’
‘Mark Dessi is a very experienced, professional and approachable lawyer. He responds quickly to my needs and is always available to answer my questions.’
Corio Bay Dairy Group
Cedar Woods Property
Impact Investment Group
Tracetebel Engineering S.A., Lombardi SA Ingegneri Consuleti and Coffey Major Projects (Vic) Pty Ltd
Owners Corporation No. 1 PS600940E and 145 lot owners in the Atlantis Tower
Hunter Development Corporate – The Store
Compass Housing Group
Genossenschaft Elektra Baselland (EBL)
Dawson Joint Venture/ Anglo American Mining
Hall & Wilcox is active in transactions across a wide range of industries, including insurance, financial services, healthcare, and technology, advising medium-to-large companies on mid-market public and private M&A. The practice offers significant international corporate and tax expertise, with four foreign-qualified partners and foreign desks in Germany, the US, China, and South-East Asia. Key partners include section head Martin Ross, inbound investment specialist Ed Paton, and German-qualified Oliver Jankowsky and in Melbourne, US and UK desk heads Jacqui Barrett and Christopher Brown in Sydney,
‘They were always responsive and guided us through in the most cost and time-efficient manner. We have nothing but high praise for them.’
‘Has solid experience in our industry.’
‘Very reliable and good service.’
Sto SE & Co
Bravo Fit Holdings
Redpoint Investment Management
Shareholders of Refocus Furniture
Filpro Automotive Australia
Insurance Australia Group
L.C. Dyson Group of Companies
Fairview Aged Care
University of New South Wales
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank
AusNet Services Holdings
Victorian Government Legal Services Panel
Westpac Bank Corporation
Victorian Pride Centre
Note Printing Australia
Hall & Wilcox > Firm Profile
Hall & Wilcox is a leading independent Australian law firm. We are a national firm with seven offices across Australia – Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Darwin, and over 750 people, including 93 partners.
For more than 100 years, 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.
|Managing Partner||Tony Macvean|
|Practice Leader - Banking and Finance||Mark Inston||+61 3 9603 3597|
|Practice Leader - Corporate and Commercial||Martin Ross||+61 3 9603 3641|
|Practice Leader - Commercial Dispute Resolution||Graydon Dowd||+61 3 9603 3147|
|Practice Leader - Employment||Karl Rozenbergs||+61 3 9603 3583|
|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||Peter Murray||+61 3 9603 3686|
|Practice Leader - Insurance||Rhett Slocombe||+61 2 8267 3869|
|Practice Leader - Intellectual Property||Ben Hamilton||+61 3 9603 3586|
|Ms Alison Baker||Alison has 15 years’ experience in a wide-ranging employment practice, advising public and…||View Profile|
|Ms Natalie Bannister||Natalie is a Partner in the Hall & Wilcox Property and Projects…||View Profile|
|Mr John Bassilios||John has broad experience in financial services, corporate and commercial law, and…||View Profile|
|Mr Eugene Chen||Eugene is a Partner in the Banking and Finance team at Hall…||View Profile|
|Mr Graydon Dowd||Graydon is a partner and leads the firm’s Commercial Dispute Resolution and…||View Profile|
|Mr Mark Dunphy||Mark is a Partner in the Employment and Workplace Relations team. With…||View Profile|
|Mr Mark Inston||Mark is the lead partner of the firm’s Banking and Finance practice.…||View Profile|
|Mr Oliver Jankowsky||Oliver heads the firm’s International Group and is a partner in the…||View Profile|
|Mr Adrian Lasky||Adrian has been involved in litigation across a wide range of matters…||View Profile|
|Mr Andrew Lyle||Andrew has extensive experience in the provision of advice and conduct of…||View Profile|
|Mr Matt McDonald||Matt has vast experience and expertise in public and product liability, professional…||View Profile|
|Mr Tom McMahon||Tom has extensive experience in acting in tax, regulatory, financial services, “white…||View Profile|
|Mr James Morvell||James has expertise and experience in commercial and fundraising transactions, both private…||View Profile|
|Mr Peter Murray||Peter is the section leader of the firm’s Tax team. Peter specialises…||View Profile|
|Mr Harry New||Harry is the lead partner of the firm’s financial services practice. Harry’s…||View Profile|
|John O’Kane||John is a Partner and leads the Property and Projects team at…||View Profile|
|Mr Andrew O'Bryan||Andrew has a substantial knowledge of taxation and commercial practice and advises…||View Profile|
|Mr Michael Parker||Michael’s practice focuses on tax disputes, capital gains tax, business sales and…||View Profile|
|Mr Ed Paton||Ed has 15 years’ experience in mergers and acquisitions, advising vendors and…||View Profile|
|Mr Mark Petrucco||Mark specialises in corporate insolvency matters, commercial litigation and corporations law disputes,…||View Profile|
|Mr Martin Ross||Martin is a Partner at Hall & Wilcox, and leads the firm’s…||View Profile|
|Mr Karl Rozenbergs||Karl is a Partner and leads the Employment and Workplace Relations team…||View Profile|