Hall & Wilcox > Melbourne, Australia > Firm Profile

Hall & Wilcox
LEVEL 11, RIALTO SOUTH TOWER
525 COLLINS STREET
MELBOURNE, VIC 3000
Australia

Australia > Data protection Tier 3

Hall & Wilcox supports its clients on a range of privacy issues, including compliance obligations, complaints for breaches of privacy, data security breaches, and GDPR compliance. The team works with public and private sector bodies, advising on privacy policies and submissions to the Australian Information Commissioner alongside representing clients in investigations and conciliation conferences. The team is led by Alison Baker  in Melbourne, who has a broad practice encompassing providing compliance and strategy advice to clients in a broad range of sectors, and data breach response support. Sydney’s Alison Choy Flannigan specialises in the healthcare sector, working with providers in a variety of settings, and has been particularly active in Covid-related data issues.

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Testimonials

The team involved have high profiles in the digital/technology space and I often come across their articles/commentaries in this area. I consider them as leading experts.

I have a lot of time and respect for the partners I have dealt with: accommodating, maintain good relationship, responsive, available when required, transparent, understand my company’s business and my particular service requirements. Highly recommend the team to others!

Key clients

NSW Department of Customer Service

Australian New Zealand Gynaecological and Oncology Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the NSW Department of Customer Service in relation to the End of Life project, a component of the Life Journeys program, on privacy related documentation to cover the handling of data between NSW Government departments.
  • Advising ANZGOG on the legal and regulatory requirements, including privacy and data, concerning the creation of the largest Biobank in Australia for gynaecological and oncology research referred to as the TR-ANZGOG project.

Australia > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

Hall & Wilcox is active in cases across Australia, with offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Perth and Brisbane. The practice is experienced in corporate and commercial litigation, with a client roster that includes local and international corporates and individuals across the banking and financial services, telecoms, health, energy and resources, construction, logistics and retail sectors, as well as government bodies and statutory authorities. The group is now led by Mark Petrucco from the Sydney office, while former practice head Graydon Dowd, based in Melbourne, remains a key contact, especially in the product liability space. Scott Butler and senior associate Ann Watson joined the Brisbane team from McCullough Robertson in 2020.

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‘The HW litigation team provides friendly, cost-effective and practical solutions to commercial disputes.’

‘Stephen Klotz provides excellent strategic advice and is very accessible.’

‘They take a genuine partnership approach and there is clarity around role expectations. The team are experienced.’

‘The lawyers are professional and compassionate – they are firm but fair in their approach. They are very upfront about issues and work through the strategy to achieve the desired outcomes.’

Key clients

PWC

Westpac

Potts and Abboud

CSF Pty Ltd

Sushi Sushi

Liberty Greenpower Pty Ltd

Dennis Family Homes

Focus Financial Partners LLC

Savcor Communications Pty Ltd

Cargill

The Non-Executive Directors of Banksia Securities Limited

Cleevecorp Pty Ltd

Oliver Hume Corporation and related entities

Head, Transport for Victoria

Work highlights

  • Acted for PwC, as liquidators of The Hastie Group of Companies, regarding dozens of claims emanating from the high-profile collapse of a $1bn publicly listed group of companies.
  • Acting for Nick Abboud and Michael Potts, respectively the former CEO and CFO of Dick Smith, in a complex proceeding brought against them in the Commercial List of the Supreme Court of NSW by the National Australia Bank and HSBC Bank Australia.
  • Represented the non-executive directors of Banksia Securities Limited in relation to a class action filed on behalf of debenture holders, as well as an ASIC investigation and public examination hearings commenced by the receivers and managers.

Australia > Environment and planning Tier 3

The environment and planning group at Hall & Wilcox leverages multidisciplinary expertise to advise social infrastructure providers, state and local government bodies and other stakeholders in both the public and private sectors on environmental and planning law elements of major projects across a diverse range of industry sectors. These include renewable energy, waste, construction, real estate, government, pharmaceuticals, and transport infrastructure. The team is headed by environmental disputes expert Natalie Bannister and environmental planning authority Meg Lee in Melbourne, local governance specialist in Stan Kondilios in Sydney, and new partner Brendan Tobin in Newcastle, who arrived in April 2021.

Testimonials

‘The level of service is excellent. In all factors related to response times, business acumen/industry knowledge, appropriateness of advice, strength in depth of team and value for money, with those I interact directly with at Hall & Wilcox exceed on all these points.’

‘Partner access is good and the knowledge of the staff is very good. We look to our external providers to be a value add. Hall & Wilcox does that very well. They understand that there will not be a high volume of work asked, but that when called upon, it is about their ability to mobilise resources that matters.’

‘Stan Kondilios is a very experienced and quality performer in this area. We value Stan’s input when it is required.’

‘The scale of Hall & Wilcox has also meant that where other firms may be conflicted from acting we can generally rely on Hall & Wilcox to assist.’

Key clients

APA Group

Renex Op Co Pty Ltd

Cleanaway Waste Management Limited

Hunter & Central Coast Development Corporation

City of Ryde

AusNet Services

CSL Behring (Australia) Pty Ltd

Victorian Planning Authority

Altogether Group (Formerly Flow Systems)

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

Andritz Hydro GmbH

City of Kingston

TC (Tallwoods) Pty Ltd

Infinergy Pacific

Work highlights

  • Acted for one of two joint proponents for environmental and planning approvals of the Crib Point Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project through preparation of an EES.
  • Advising Renex on a wide range of regulatory compliance and licensing issues relating to its high-temperature waste treatment facility in Dandenong South, Victoria.
  • Advising Cleanaway on planning and environmental approvals for a site to receive and treat the Westgate Tunnel spoil.

Australia > Insurance Tier 3

From Australian corporate insurers and clients in the Lloyd’s of London insurance market to underwriters and a range of multinationals, the experienced team at Hall & Wilcox advises clients across major markets on a diverse spectrum of issues. Such matters extend to professional liability, public and product liability, mass torts, personal injury, workers’ compensation claims, business interruption, and contracts works policies. Led in Sydney by national head of insurance Rhett Slocombe and the head of general insurance Matthew Curll, the team’s portfolio spans sectors includeing sport, transport, mining and construction. The group includes Matt McDonald and national worker’s compensation self-insurance head Ilona Strong in Melbourne, and public liability expert Rachael Arnold at the Sydney office. Philip Hopley joined the team from Herbert Smith Freehills in mid-2021.

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Testimonials

‘The workers’ compensation team are particularly engaging, respond quickly, listen to stakeholders, and are always happy to offer assistance in the value add space. There is a high level of trust in clients with Hall & Wilcox. The brand is also widely recognised for the development of their people.’

‘They are open and engaging which promotes a high sense of trust in the people and the advice they provide. They also have a strong commercial focus on claims outcomes.’

‘User friendly with good technical skills.’

‘Hall & Wilcox are an industry leader for representing self-insurers in workers’ compensation schemes. The firm has an amazing ability to provide straight-to-the-point advice, taking into account all the relevant considerations whilst taking a commercial approach to litigation. The abundance of knowledge results in outstanding outcomes, great relationships, and ongoing development. The people are tech-savvy, friendly, and easy to get a hold of. The firm are always thinking about improving the experience for us as a client, by using new technology. The innovation strategies Hall & Wilcox implement saves us time and money.’

‘Strong on developing and maintaining relationships. Does so via regular communication at key points, sound easy to understand advice, and solid outcomes.’

‘Matt McDonald is very helpful, open to discuss issues, sets clear expectations, and gets solid outcomes. Anton Vucak is a pleasure to deal with and values the relationship. Very commercial in advice, decisions and outcomes.’

‘Ilona Strong, whilst managing a portfolio of self-insurer clients, always returns calls the same day. Ilona is able to provide on-the-go advice, thinks strategically, always puts the client first, and delivers great legal outcomes for us. Ilona provides great customer service, easy-to-read advice, is tech-savvy, maintains great relationships with other practitioners in the industry, and always takes a non-litigious approach to disputes.’ 

Key clients

Insurance Australia Group (IAG)

Tokio Marine Kiln

Sandfire Resources NL and Allianz Australia Insurance Limited

Work highlights

  • Engineered for Insurance Australia Group (IAG) a litigation-funding model, which has enabled insurer clients to share the costs and risks of high quantum, complex bushfire claims (collectively valued at over $365m) in order to achieve efficient and cost effective resolutions.
  • Acting on behalf of a successful defendant employer, involving a proceeding in the District Court of Western Australia, which narrowed the scope of an employer’s duty of care on mine sites for recreational activities and affirmed the principles of vicarious liability in a fly-in/fly-out employee setting.
  • Successfully represented IAG, Allianz, and QBE and their customers in the Supreme Court of Victoria against Powercor and its contractor in relation to the 2018 St Patrick’s Day bushfires in Terang and Garvoc in South West Victoria.

Australia > Media and entertainment Tier 3

The sports and entertainment team at Hall & Wilcox represents national and global sporting organisations, athletes, sponsors, and corporations involved in high-value transactions and disputes. Headed by sports media authority Martin Ross, the multidisciplinary team advises on sponsorship agreements, media rights matters, sports M&A, regulatory compliance, IP infringement, and media litigation. The group is supported by technology procurement expert James Deady and special counsel Mark Lebbon. The team also provides pro-bono work, serving as the primary legal advisor to Australia’s Mother’s Day Classic, an annual run and walk which raises funds for breast cancer research. All lawyers mentioned are at the Melbourne office.

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Testimonials

‘The team cover a wide range of speciality so that whatever our issue is we receive expert attention from a variety of individuals.’

‘Martin Ross is our lead Partner and he has a deep understanding of our business. He has a unique ability to communicate with our team in a way that we understand the reasoning behind the advice.’

Australia > Real estate Tier 3

Headquartered in Melbourne, Hall & Wilcox focuses on assisting clients in relation to REITs, property development, public infrastructure and large leasing portfolios. Its track record in public sector-led projects is particularly strong, especially in the healthcare and affordable housing sectors. Natalie Bannister  (Melbourne) has experience in all areas of property development, including complex planning and compliance matters related to heritage issues, native title and environmental matters. John O’Kane  (Melbourne) handles commercial arrangements relating to real estate developments, including joint venture agreements. The firm strengthened its national and Western Australian commercial property practice with the hire of a team from Kott Gunning including Emma Leys in its Perth office.

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Natalie Bannister; John O’Kane

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Key clients

Arena REIT Management Limited

Australian Unity

Dahua Group

Luxcon Group

Banner Asset Management

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation

Compass Housing Services Co Ltd

McCloy Group

Plenary Group Pty Ltd

Fletcher Building Group Ltd

Archland Property Group

Greater Geelong City Council

Mr John Kilpatrick

Victorian School Building Authority

Work highlights

  • Acted as sole legal adviser to Arena REIT Management Limited as it continues to acquire of social infrastructure assets nationally, bringing the current value of assets under management to A$914m.
  • Acting for HCCDC in relation to two major urban renewal projects in Newcastle, each valued in excess of A$200m.
  • Advising Fletcher Building Group with ongoing strategic property advice including disposal of property holdings valued at A$60m in the past 12 months.

Australia > Tax Tier 3

The team at Hall & Wilcox has broad expertise across transactional tax issues, disputes and compliance work, with specialists in key tax regimes including GST, international tax and superannuation. A key development for the practice has been its government-side practice, with the team now advising public sector organisations at state and Commonwealth level. Practice head Peter Murray  specialises in corporate tax work, including the tax elements of M&A and restructurings. Anthony Bradica focuses on federal tax regimes and compliance, with a strong record in tax planning advice.

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The team has been quick to respond, providing succinct and timely professional advice. Given the size of the firm, they are able to leverage their experience across multiple partners and think outside the box.’

‘We have been able to establish a long standing relationship with this firm. This has attracted competitive pricing and a thorough understanding of our complex operations.’

‘The culture of this practice is to respond to client phone calls promptly, have a main point of contact who in turn recommends the lawyer with the relevant expertise. Follow up is quick and the communication style is warm, professional and respectful in all areas. There is always a willingness to assist.’

‘Anthony Bradica goes to the extra length, returns calls promptly. Specialist areas have been of great value to me. Is able to convey complex taxation law matters in easy to understand terms.’

Key clients

2XU Pty Ltd

AirAsia X Services Pty Ltd

Arborsafe

Attvest Finance Pty Ltd

Australian Taxation Office Tax Technical Panel

Australian Unity

Banner Asset Management Pty Ltd

Big Ant Studios

Bucher

Channel Capital Pty Ltd

Driver Group Australia Pty Ltd

Fletcher Building Group

Focus Financial Partners

Orora Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Australian Unity on the income tax and state taxes aspects related to the establishment of its new Future of Healthcare Fund.
  • Advising MAI Capital on the income tax and cross-border aspects for the establishment of the Adelaide Central Market Arcade Redevelopment Fund to facilitate funding into the joint venture project.
  • Advising Big Ant Studios on the sale of its Australian sports video game development business to French-listed company Nacon SA.

Australia > Financial services regulatory Tier 4

The financial services team at Hall & Wilcox works with banks, financial institutions, investment funds, insurance companies, and government agencies, advising on a diverse range of regulatory issues. Such matters include fintech, market entry and strategy, regulatory investigations and enforcement, design and distribution obligations, governance, and blockchain. The team includes Harry NewAdrian Verdnik, and Jacob Uljans  in Melbourne.

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CSF Pty Ltd (Catholic Super) – now Togethr Trustees

Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning Focus Financial Partners LLC

L.U.C.R.F Pty Ltd as trustee for LUCRF Super

Asian Pacific Capital Limited

TruePillars

LifePay Pty Ltd

Oliver Hume Corporation and related entities MTAA Superannuation Fund /Tasplan

Work highlights

  • Advising the Victorian Government on its innovative Solar Homes Program which provides rebates and interest-free loans with the goal of assisting 778,500 Victorian households year period to install solar panels, solar hot water or battery systems.
  • Engaged to undertake the financial services regulatory due diligence for Yarra’s acquisition of the Australian funds management business of Nikko.

Australia > Labour and employment Tier 4

The national employment team at Hall & Wilcox has strength in contentious work, conducting its own litigation in the Fair Work Commission, anti-discrimination tribunals and Australian courts. Restraint of trade matters are also a key area for the practice. Its client roster includes public and private sector clients and local and state governments. Karl Rozenbergs  is the group head and skilled in conducting litigation for clients in the aged care, financial services and manufacturing sectors and quasi-governmental bodies. Rosemary Roach and special counsel Nicholas Beech recently joined the team from Corrs Chambers Westgarth and King & Wood Mallesons respectively. Alison Baker and Mark Dunphy  in Melbourne, and Fay Calderone and Aaron Dearden in Sydney are also notable team members.

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Testimonials

‘We deal exclusively with one of the partners and special counsel. They are both readily available to us at any time and responsive. I appreciate this as I deal with someone who knows my business and understands what’s important to us. ’

‘Is a one stop shop for Labour and employment law. Added to it’s capability by recent appointments who have extensive knowledge of State Government’s legal framework. Thing that sets them aside is a willingness to work as a strategic partner with clients rather than just providing dry advice. This includes understanding the need to hit client deadlines on urgent matters. Always make sure that the level of expertise provided to the client is with the appropriate minimum level of resource.’

‘The strength of the team at Hall and Wilcox is their ability to understand the concerns of our business and the real world solutions and advice they deliver. The greatest asset they have is their people, who are always willing to go the extra mile and come up with solutions based on our unique business.’

‘Mark Dunphy has always been my first port of call, whenever urgent situations arise. Mark will always give me advice, that has worked in every situation we have encountered and he takes the time to explain the reasoning behind his advice. I always feel confident when Mark is in our corner and would not consider going anywhere else for this type of advice.’

‘Mark Dunphy: Highly experienced adviser, who also managers client support and ensures the team is delivering services required.’

‘Aaron Dearden and his team in the Employment practice are highly responsive and approachable. The team gives prompt and concise advice and is always willing to go the extra mile in understanding the client’s commercial considerations.’

‘Aaron Dearden is great to deal with his advice is always clear and concise, there is no legal jargon and I’ve always found him to be extremely responsive. He is the best Partner I have worked with on employment practice issues and has always felt like a part of the team even though we are a client.’

Key clients

BlueScope Steel Limited

Freedom Foods Pty Limited

Michael Page International (Australia) Pty Ltd

PageGroup

O-I Operations (Australia) Pty Ltd

BGC Partners (Australia) Pty Limited

BGC Securities (Australia) Pty Ltd

Fire Rescue Victoria

Work highlights

  • Acted for BlueScope Steel Limited in successfully defending an application for judicial review of a decision of the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission in an appeal of an unfair dismissal application.
  • Advising Michael Page International (Australia) Pty Ltd in Australia.
  • Acted for BGC Partners (Australia) Pty Ltd in successfully obtaining injunctive relief against a former senior BGC employee.

Australia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

The team at Hall & Wilcox is geographically diverse, with strong capabilities in contentious insolvency work. The firm handles complex corporate collapses, special situations and liquidations, advising corporates and their directors and a number of key insolvency practitioners and administrators. Of further note is the team’s integration with its finance and corporate teams, allowing it to handle all aspects of complex matters. The team is led by Scott Butler in Brisbane, Mark Petrucco  in Sydney, Wayne Kelcey  in Melbourne, and Hector West in Perth.

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Testimonials

‘They look for commercial settlements backed up with great legal advice.’

‘Hector West (Partner) and Andrew Giorgi (Senior Associate) are both great with the legal side of insolvency matters but also overlaying that with sound commercial sense.’

‘Hall & Wilcox is a solid, reliable mid tier firm that provides value for money. The firm is focused on achieving outcomes rather than getting bogged down in legal disputes that do not benefit the client.’

‘Mark Petrucco is an excellent restructuring and insolvency lawyer. He is pragmatic, commercial and does not get bogged down in niceties which are not relevant to achieving the commercial outcome we are seeking to obtain. Mark is readily available when needed. Mark has clearly demonstrated that he is committed to his relationship with us. I would make similar comments in respect of Scott Butler.’

Key clients

Peter Greensill Family Trust

PwC

Cellular Asset Management Pty Ltd

Tiger Global Logistics Pty Ltd

Sobeem Pty Ltd

FTI Consulting

KordaMentha

Grant Thornton

Bentleys MRI

Deloitte

RSM Australia

Work highlights

  • Representing Peter Greensill Family Trust in proceedings relating to the collapse of Greensill Capital.
  • Representing PwC in dozens of claims emanating from the high-profile collapse of a $1bn publicly listed group of companies.
  • Representing the liquidators of the Delta SBD Group of companies in a ‘mothership’ unfair preference claim proceeding against a number of creditors.

Australia > Banking and finance Tier 5

Hall & Wilcox leverages the strength of a network of over 800 lawyers and 7 offices across Australia. It fields a banking and finance practice which is particularly accomplished within the corporate and property finance fields though also demonstrates proficiency in structured finance and leasing, finance-related disputes, construction finance and acquisition finance. In Melbourne, Mark Inston brings over 25 years’ worth of experience to the table, representing borrowers and banks alike. The client base spans the manufacturing, transport, real estate, and energy and renewables sectors and includes key market players Credit Suisse and Westpac.

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‘Hall & Wilcox are a boutique Melbourne-based firm who have excellent specialist knowledge in the financial service space. Partners & staff are friendly and approachable. Billing is clear and reasonable and they use technology as expected for a firm of their size.’

Key clients

Westpac

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Credit Suisse

Westport Capital

Dahua Group Melbourne Investment Pty Ltd

China Everbright Bank Co., Ltd

Newmark Capital Limited

Bluescope Steel

LeasePlan Australia

Work highlights

  • Reappointed as advisors for NewCold (a leading global cold chain logistics service provider) to advise on the cross border refinancing of its flagship automated cold storage facilities in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia.       
  • Advising Dahua Group (headquartered in Shanghai, China) on multiple residential projects across Sydney and Melbourne including the A$1.5 billion master plan project in Menangle Park, Sydney and ‘Hawthorn Park’ a 345-unit residential development in Hawthorn East and legal advisor for banking facilities relating to Melbourne based projects.
  • Advising Newmark Capital (with almost $1bn in funds under management) in relation to a syndicated facility with CBA to refinance multiple shopping centres in Victoria, New South Vales, Queensland and Tasmania.

Australia > Construction Tier 5

Based in Melbourne, Hall & Wilcox assists clients with procurement, project structuring and delivery, in addition to handling claims relating to construction delays, breach of contract and negligence. It is particularly invested in the healthcare, transport and energy sectors, where it provides a wide range of frontend and backend services. John O’Kane leads the practice from Melbourne, handling contentious and non-contentious matters on behalf of private and public sector clients, including development agreements, project delivery agreements and construction contracts. In New South Wales, Katrina Reye is a standout practitioner, with a wealth of experience handling PPP developments, real estate M&A, government tenders and procurement processes. Special counsel Ben Cotter, based in Melbourne, brings both transactional and disputes expertise to clients.

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John O’Kane

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‘Highly responsive and quick to learn the nuances of our business and risk appetite.’

‘Ben Cotter stands out for his construction risk expertise, his understanding of our business and drive to deliver when timing is tight.’

Key clients

Maeil Australia

Graythorne Pty Ltd.

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 Corporation (HDC), Transport for NSW and Property NSW

Compass Housing Group

Andritz Hydro

Genossenschaft Elektra Baselland (EBL)

UNStudio

Work highlights

  • Acting for Maeil Australia in relation to the development of a milk spray drying facility in Geelong, Victoria.
  • Acting for St Vincents’ Healthcare Limited on the proposed St Vincents’ Private redevelopment in Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Acting for a consortium of three engineering consultancies, including Tracetebel Engineering S.A., Lombardi SA Ingegneri Consuleti and Coffey Major Projects (Vic) Pty Ltd, who are the sole providers of design services to the Future Generation Joint Venture, the upstream EPC Contractor to Snowy Hydro Limited.

Australia > Corporate and M&A Tier 5

Hall & Wilcox maintains an active mid-to-large market M&A practice, combining strong domestic work with focused cross-border capabilities, particularly in China and South East Asia. The team advises a wide range of high-profile clients within a number of industries, and also offers integrated tax and regulatory expertise. The team is led by Oliver Jankowsky , Martin Ross and South East Asia lead Ed Paton  in Melbourne, alongside US and UK desk heads Chris Brown and Jacqui Barrett  in Sydney. Ranny Fan joined the Sydney office as head of the firm’s China desk from Allens in mid-2021, while Michelle Eastwell joined the Queensland office from HopgoodGanim.

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‘Perfectly pitched team for mid-market M&A and mid-cap ECM work. They have exactly the right mix of sector expertise for our clients and they are far more competitive in pricing than the bulk of Australian firms.’

‘Stand-out partners for M&A are Ed Paton, Chris Brown and, especially for German clients, Oliver Jankowsky. Always on it and extremely good to work with. Have no hesitation in recommending them to clients. Very hot on inward investment and on PE.’

John Hutchinson as the team leader is very experienced and practical. His advice is commercial and efficient.

Key clients

Powerwrap Limited

Channel Capital Pty Ltd

Pharmalex

Big Ant Group

Australian Botanical Products

Arborsafe

Maggie Beer Holdings

RetPro/Moelis

Annex Products Pty Ltd

Cortina Holdings Limited

Focus Financial Partners (including Aspiri)

Tata Consumer Products

Stone and Chalk Limited

Allianz Australia Insurance Limited

Attvest Finance Pty Ltd

UNSW Global P/L

United Super Pty Ltd as trustees of Cbus

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Isuzu Australia Pty Ltd

AusNet Services Holding Pty Ltd

Aussie Broadband

Victorian Government Legal Services Panel

Westpac Bank Corporation

Victorian Pride Centre

Note Printing Australia Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised PharmaLex GmbH on its acquisition of a majority interest in Australian health science consultancy Brandwood CKC.
  • Advised the founders of Quad Lock on the sale of a majority interest in the company to Quadrant Growth Fund.
  • Advised Maggie Beer Holdings on its $40m acquisition of e-commerce company Hampers & Gifts Australia.

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 over 800 people, including over 100 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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 Mark Petrucco+61 2 8267 3831
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 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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Natalie Bannister  photo Natalie Bannister Natalie is a Partner in the Property and Projects team, and is…
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James Deady photo James DeadyJames has experience in a broad range of commercial and intellectual property…
Graydon Dowd  photo Graydon Dowd Graydon is a partner in the Commercial Dispute Resolution team at Hall…
Mark Dunphy  photo Mark Dunphy Mark is a Partner in the Employment and Workplace Relations team at…
Kathryn Howard photo Kathryn HowardKathryn leads the Public Sector industry group at Hall & Wilcox, and…
Mark Inston  photo Mark Inston Mark is the lead partner of the firm’s Banking and Finance practice.…
Oliver Jankowsky  photo Oliver Jankowsky Oliver heads the firm’s International practice and is a partner in the…
Adrian Lasky  photo Adrian Lasky Adrian has been involved in litigation across a wide range of matters…
Meg Lee photo Meg LeeMeg is a Partner in our Property and Projects team, specialising in…
Matt McDonald  photo Matt McDonald Matt has vast experience and expertise in public and product liability, professional…
Tom McMahon  photo Tom McMahon Tom has extensive experience in acting in tax, regulatory, financial services, “white…
James Morvell  photo James Morvell James has a broad range of both corporate and general commercial experience, particularly…
Peter Murray  photo Peter Murray Peter specialises in corporate tax issues impacting listed and privately owned corporate…
Harry New  photo Harry New Harry is the lead partner of the firm’s financial services practice.  Harry’s…
John O’Kane  photo John O’Kane John is a Partner and leads the Property and Projects team at…
Andrew O'Bryan photo Andrew O'BryanAndrew has substantial knowledge of taxation and commercial practice and advises his…
Michael Parker  photo Michael Parker Michael’s practice focuses on tax disputes, capital gains tax, business sales and…
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Mark Petrucco  photo Mark Petrucco Mark lead’s the Commercial Dispute Resolution team at Hall & Wilcox. He…
Martin Ross  photo Martin Ross Martin is a Partner at Hall & Wilcox, and leads the firm’s…
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