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Australia > Data protection Tier 3

In addition to handling complex cyber incidents, the team at Hall & Wilcox is able to advise on issues such as GDPR compliance, surveillance, and data security breaches. Praised by clients for ‘his ability to find innovative solutions‘, Eden Winokur‘s arrival from Wotton + Kearney in January 2022 has strengthened the team’s offering, bringing varied expertise in cyber, privacy, disputes, and insurance matters. Winokur leads the team alongside Melbourne-based Alison Baker, whose broad practice partly entails assisting clients in a range of industries with data breach responses. Alison Choy Flannigan possesses a healthcare sector niche, with recent highlights including advising ANZGOG in relation to the TR-ANZGOG project.

Practice head(s):

Alison Baker; Eden Winokur

Other key lawyers:


‘Eden Winokur has assisted with many cyber incident responses and a particular trait of Eden worth noting is his ability to find innovative solutions which offer cost savings to both insurers and insureds.’

Key clients

NSW Department of Customer Service

Australian New Zealand Gynaecological and Oncology Group (ANZGOG)

Work highlights

  • Advising the Australian 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.
  • Advising the NSW Department of Customer Service in relation to their End of Life project.

Australia > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

Headed up by Mark Petrucco from the Sydney office, Hall & Wilcox fields a strong commercial dispute resolution team across multiple sites on both coasts.  Key strengths include royal commission and regulatory work and class action defence, as well as a wide range of other commercial litigation mandates. The firm’s Perth offering was bolstered in July 2021 with the hire of Penelope Ford from Norton Rose Fulbright. Melbourne-based former practice head Graydon Dowd is also noted.

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


‘The teams I used were very knowledgeable and knew what was required to close off the matter in an efficient and cost-effective fashion. I had to use two teams, one in Victoria and the other in WA, and both were very good.’

‘Hall & Wilcox are relatively new entrants to the Perth market. They combine the high quality advice of a first tier firm with the hourly rates and more direct access of a boutique firm. They are exceedingly good value for money.’

‘The individuals I used were very good at understanding my situation and advising accordingly. They made themselves available at all times and responsiveness was first class.’

‘The team is pragmatic and commercial in is approach, with excellent strategic dispute management.’

‘Kathryn Howard is an outstanding solicitor. She immerses herself in her matters and gives enormous support to her barristers and wonderful service to her clients. She is an excellent lawyer and has sound strategic judgment. I have had (and would have) no hesitation in recommending Kathryn to clients.’

‘Hector West is technically excellent, but what sets him apart is that he is totally unflappable and highly commercial.’

Key clients

Australian Unity

Dennis Family Homes


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


JBS Australia

Liberty Greenpower Pty Ltd

Mitre 10/Metcash



Savcor Communications Pty Ltd

Sushi Sushi


Work highlights

  • Acted for Novak Djokovic in the three hearings held in January 2022 regarding the cancellation of his visa.
  • 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, and in the subsequent appeals.

Australia > Environment and planning Tier 3

The environment and planning group at Hall & Wilcox works with a range of government bodies, utility providers and stakeholders across the property, construction, waste and renewables sectors, providing specialist advice and dispute resolution services relating to contaminated land, investigations and remediation. Melbourne-based Meg Lee represents government clients on environmental approvals and appeals, while Rory O’Connor focuses on major infrastructure projects. In Sydney, Stan Kondilios  is particularly skilled in advising local councils on governance issues and investigations. Newcastle-based Brendan Tobin is experienced in major projects in the mining and renewables sectors.

Practice head(s):

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


‘Hall & Wilcox have provided this client a reasonably bespoke service in conducting an internal review. We were surprised at the service offer, the depth of assessment, and, critically, the manner in which they managed a diverse group of participants. The level of empathy, awareness, and tact demonstrated through this process was not expected.’

‘I have been most impressed with the client focus demonstrated by Rory O’Connor and his ability to think strategically has been critical to a manage recent engagement.’

‘Hall & Wilcox provide timely advice and very responsive customer service. Their ability to manage multiple cases whilst bringing together practical pragmatic advice is greatly appreciated.’

‘Stan Kondilios is personable, professional but importantly has local government experience as an elected councillor which brings an added level of comfort and ability to talk to and relate with my elected members. His knowledge of case law, the Local Government Act and Planning Legislation is very much valued. I believe he has my organisation’s best interest at heart.’

Key clients

Tweed Shire Council

AMP Capital Investors Limited

Renex Op Co Pty Ltd

City of Kingston

Greystar Australia

Citywide Service Solutions Pty Ltd

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) – Minister for Planning

Pickles Auctions Pty Ltd

Victorian Planning Authority

APA Group

Ramsay Health Care

Work highlights

  • Acted for Tweed Shire Council in defending the refusal of a modification to an existing development for 101 residential lots in the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales.
  • Assisted Greystar Australia in gaining planning approval for its first Build-to-Rent (BTR) development, a $500 million facility at South Yarra in Melbourne’s inner east.
  • Acting for APA Group in relation to the Western Outer Ring Main project, including advising on various aspects of the approvals process (including Crown Land, planning and environmental issues).

Australia > Insurance Tier 3

Harnessing the combined bench strength of eight offices across the nation, the insurance group at Hall & Wilcox works with various insurers, reinsurers, insurance intermediaries, and financial institutions on a myriad of matters. The team’s broad focus encompasses professional liability, D&O claims, public and product liability, statutory insurance, workers’ compensation claims, and contracts works policies, among others. The team is directed by a group of 12 experienced partners: national head of insurance Rhett Slocombe; the head of general insurance Matthew Curll; statutory insurance lead Grant Galvin; London market co-lead Rachael Arnold; corporate insurance lead Philip Hopley; cyber insurance leader Eden Winokur; and marine insurance head Chris Sacré, all of whom are based in Sydney. Other key names to note include Perth-based section lead Anton Vucak, statutory insurance section lead Anastasia Coutsouvelis, national self-insurer head Ilona Strong, and property and class actions lead Matt McDonald in Melbourne. Terry Killian heads up the statutory insurance offering from Brisbane.

Practice head(s):

Rhett Slocombe; Matthew Curll; Grant Galvin; Anton Vucak; Anastasia Coutsouvelis; Terry Killian; Ilona Strong; Rachael Arnold; Philip Hopley; Matt McDonald; Eden Winokur; Chris Sacre


‘A true national firm, providing high quality legal services at competitive charge rates. H&W provide some of the best class action legal services from litigation advice to customer service and always keep their client’s reputation at front of mind.’

‘Matt McDonald has consistently provided first-class service to our company and has ensured that no matter who is asking, a partner is available if that is what is being requested.’

‘Proactive in working files, open to requests, progresses matters at a good pace to solid resolutions.’

Australia > Media and entertainment Tier 3

The sports and entertainment practice group at the Melbourne-based Hall & Wilcox is praised for its ‘up to date and well informed’ approach across the breadth of media and broadcasting matters. The ‘approachable and pragmatic’, Martin Ross heads a team which assists major sports and events sector clients in major transactions and litigious proceedings , as well as with respect to governance assistance and strategic advice. Key names to note include special counsel Mark Lebbon , who frequently advises several sports government bodies on new media rights and commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Martin Ross

Other key lawyers:

James Deady; Mark Lebbon


‘Extremely professional. Strong subject matter expertise. Very collaborative in their approach with clients.’

‘Martin Ross. I can’t speak more highly of Martin’s service, professionalism and expertise. I have absolute trust in Martin’s advice. Mark Lebbon is extremely impressive and I have solid trust in his advice.’

‘The media and entertainment practice are up to date and well informed across media and broadcasting agreements. In our view, the practice group are leading experts in these matters and provide comfort to our company in executing and entering into these kinds of agreements. The practice group is approachable and pragmatic in advice, meaning fees generated are closely aligned to value of contract.’

‘Martin Ross is a stand out – he is fully engaged and provides clear time for his clients. He is approachable, pragmatic and well informed. He has built the capabilities within his team to support the practice, which gives comfort that we are always able to access clear and timely legal advice.’

Australia > Real estate Tier 3

Hall & Wilcox's team is commended for its ‘broad group of skillsets and backgrounds', which it brings to bear to work on a range of complex transactions. The real estate practice continues to grow nationally, with notable recent additions including Brad Marland, a highly experienced property lawyer who joined the Brisbane-team from Gadens Lawyers in May 2022. Key names to note on the development side include practice heads Natalie Bannister and John O’Kane, both of whom are located in Melbourne.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Bannister; John O’Kane

Other key lawyers:

Emma Leys; Brad Marland


‘Adaptive to fluid transactions and consistent engagement with stakeholders with the common goal of a commercial close.’

‘Available and engaged.’

‘Experienced team with a broad group of skillsets and backgrounds, which makes them capable of working through complex transactions.’

‘John O’Kane and Natalie Banister are very competent lawyers that can present real practical solutions to challenging matters. They also understand the clients needs and desired outcomes and work towards achieving that.’

Key clients

Forum Partners Australia

McPhee Group

New South Wales Government Legal Services Panel

Sydney Airport Corporation Limited

Kingsmede Property Management Services

Arena REIT Management Limited

Australian Unity


Dahua Group

Luxcon Group

IOOF Holdings Limited

Banner Asset Management

Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation

Compass Housing Services Co Ltd

McCloy Group

Plenary Group Pty Ltd

Fletcher Building Group Ltd

Greater Geelong City Council

Victorian School Building Authority

Impact Funds Management Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Straits Real Estate in the $150 million acquisition of for two A-Grade Melbourne office investments.
  • Acting for Australian Unity in the acquisition of properties across the country to build its $750 million Specialist Disability Accommodation Fund.
  • Acting as sole legal provider to Arena REIT in the growth of its portfolio of 250 social infrastructure properties nationally.

Australia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Sitting within the firm’s commercial dispute resolution practice, the group at Hall & Wilcox boasts a burgeoning presence in Brisbane, in addition to Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney. Praised for its focus on ‘developing deep relationships’ with clients, the team works with a host of restructuring and insolvency accounting practices across Australia as well as financially distressed corporate clients. Leading the sizeable group are Mark Petrucco, Wayne Kelcey, Adrian LaskyHector West and Scott Butler, the latter of whom is singled out for his ‘technical excellence in insolvency and restructuring‘.

Practice head(s):

Scott Butler; Mark Petrucco; Wayne Kelcey; Adrian Lasky; Hector West

Other key lawyers:

Megan Scott; Ann Watson


‘Scott Butler is one of the best lawyers working in insolvency. He provides prompt and sound advice on matters when urgency is often needed.’

‘Hall & Wilcox have grown strongly over the last two years in Brisbane by attracting talented partners to develop a broad practice in key areas relevant to our legal needs. The firm focuses on developing deep relationships across our service areas of restructuring and property nationally.’

‘Scott Butler has technical excellence in insolvency and restructuring, applying his legal knowledge in seeking to achieve commercial outcomes on our matters. 

‘Ann Watson has a depth of restructuring experience and commercially savvy approach.’

‘Strong commercial focus.’

‘Scott Meacock has been brilliant – very responsive, practical and commercial legal advice.’

‘Hector West is able to bring a larger network to the table.’

Key clients

Peter Greensill Family Trust

PwC (The Hastie Group)

Bentleys MRI (P2P Transport)

FTI Consulting (Hercules Northshore)

Tigers Global

Grant Thorton (Delta SBD Group)

Patrick McCurry

Stephen Meurs / Sobeem

BRI Ferrier

PwC (as liquidator of Solar Australia Pty Ltd (In liquidation))

Work highlights

  • Acting for Peter Greensill Family Trust (PGFT) in relation to the collapse of Greensill Capital. Peter Greensill is the brother of Lex Greensill, the founder and CEO of Greensill Capital.
  • Acting for PwC (as liquidators of The Hastie Group of Companies) in relation to the high-profile collapse of a $1 billion publicly listed group of companies through public examinations and the interrogation of over three million records held by the company.
  • Acting for the liquidators of the Delta SBD Group of companies in respect of a ‘mothership’ unfair preference claim proceeding against a number of creditors.

Australia > Tax Tier 3

Backed by the combined bench strength of 8 offices across the nation, the team at Hall & Wilcox provide a comprehensive service in the tax space to advise corporate and institutional clients, privately-owned businesses, and high-wealth family groups. Led by Frank Hinoporos, an expert in succession and trust-related matters, the group assists with major cross-border transactions (M&A, corporate restructuring, domestic, inbound and outbound investment), disputes with the revenue authorities and targeted strategies for clients involved such sectors as media, construction, telecoms, government, real estate, not-for-profit and financial services. Anthony Bradica, in Melbourne, brings over 20 years of experience to tax planning and structuring for corporate clients and Jim Koutsokostas in Sydney (promoted to partner in July 2021, with a thorough skills set not limited to income tax, GST, FBT and state taxes). Other key team members include special counsel Jacqueline McGrath, who joined from HWL Ebsworth in April 2022, and senior associate Adam Dimac (both in Melbourne). Former practice head Peter Murray departed in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Frank Hinoporos

Other key lawyers:


‘Frank Hinoporos and Adam Dimac are absolutely first-rate technical tax lawyers who also speak clearly and work efficiently. Jacqueline McGrath brings excellent litigation experience.’

‘Strong team with excellent technical capabilities.’

‘Excellent people skills. Frank Hinoporos and Andrew O’Bryan have outstanding client management skills.’

Key clients

Australian Taxation Office

Energy Projects Solar (EPS) Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Appointed to the Australian Tax Office’s (ATO) Tax Technical Legal Services Panel, a whole of Australian Government legal services panel.
  • Advising EPS Energy on structuring the disposal of an equity interest and the taxation implications associated with these arrangements in relation to three large scale solar and battery projects in South Australia.

Australia > Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 4

Hall & Wilcox fields a cross-practice energy team that works across the areas of energy trading, regulation, project development, environmental law, and dispute resolution.  The team also plays a role in the decarbonisation of the industry, advising on a number of government ventures to advance renewables projects. Noted for his extensive experience in solar and wind projects, Paul O’Donnell‘s wide-ranging expertise sees him providing regulatory advice to clients on issues such as transmission connections, transitional provisions, and rule change proposals. Mark Dessi acts for owners, developers, project companies, and contractors in the electricity, gas, and water sectors. Catie Moore, who joined the team from Mills Oakley in December 2021, specialising in energy projects, transport, and infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Paul O’Donnell; Mark Dessi

Other key lawyers:

Catie Moore; Meg Lee


‘The H&W energy team are exceptional problem solvers with a deep understanding of the sector. They deliver legal solutions to problems with complex legal, regulatory, commercial and transaction aspects.’

‘Paul O’Donnell and Mark Dessi are exceptional. They are client focussed and deliver practical outcomes built on their deep legal expertise in the energy sector.’

Key clients

Tracetebel Engineering S.A., Lombardi SA Ingegneri Consuleti and Coffey Major Projects (Vic) Pty Ltd

Andritz Hydro

Genossenschaft Elektra Baselland

Liberty Greenpower Pty Ltd

JDR Lumos

Energy Projects Solar

Victoria Government – Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Bluescope Steel

AusNet Services

Newcastle Offshore Wind

Syncline Energy

Enzen Australia Pty

Work highlights

  • Advising AusNet on its $500 million proposal to provide two synchronous condensers under a tender with the Australian Energy Market Operator, AEMO.
  • Advising Syncline Energy on its proposal to develop a 600MW/2400MWh Battery Energy Storage System (with a total project value in excess of $2.4 billion).
  • Advising the proponents of the Newcastle Off Shore Wind Project on the development of its $25 billion offshore wind project, including structuring advice, advising on tenure acquisition and related issues and long term equity and debt arrangements.

Australia > Fintech and financial services regulatory Tier 4

Steered by the Melbourne-based Harry New, Hall & Wilcox expertly handles both litigious and non-contentious matters which fall under the purview of key regulatory regimes and regulators. The firm’s presence in Sydney was strengthened in August 2021 by the arrival of Philip Hopley from Herbert Smith Freehills, a seasoned lawyer whose core focus is providing financial services clients with commercial solutions to insurance issues.

Practice head(s):

Harry New

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Verdnik; Jacob Uljans; Philip Hopley

Key clients

HOPE Housing Fund Management

True Pillars

Asia Pacific Capital



Generation Life

Australian Ethical Investment


Generation Life

KM Property Funds

Newmark Capital

Yarra Capital

Sire Custodians

Australian Unity

Oliver Hume Property Group and related companies


Work highlights

  • Assisting not-for-profit HOPE Housing Fund Management with the structuring of an arrangement in a manner that meets licensing and other regulatory requirements, meets the requirements of the ADI lending partners, and can be explained and understood by potential homeowners.
  • Assisting TruePillars with the restructuring of its retailed managed investment scheme so that investors can invest in a pool of loans rather than in individual loans.
  • Assisting Asia Pacific Capital with its application for a restricted ADI licence, an AFSL and an ACL to establish a banking business targeted at the Asian community in Australia.

Australia > Labour and employment Tier 4

Hall & Wilcox harnesses the combined bench strength of eight offices across the nation to advise both public and private sector entities on a diverse array of matters, ranging from unfair dismissal and discrimination claims, to contractual disputes, restructurings, and workplace investigations. Led by Sydney-based newly appointed department head Aaron Dearden, the group’s diverse client base is active in banking and financial services, insurance, education, construction, retail, health, agribusiness, and transport and logistics. Other key figures in Sydney include Fay Calderone, who possesses experience representing employers in proceedings before industrial tribunals and state and federal courts. In Melbourne, Mark Dunphy regularly provides strategic advice to CEOs and corporate counsel. The Perth-based Rosemary Roach is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Dearden


‘The team is unique due to the diverse skills and experience of the team members. All the solicitors we deal with are highly knowledgeable in their fields, but also collaborative and unafraid to seek advice from other team members.’

‘Availability, engagement, communication and matter management by the entire team. Deep industry and sector experience together with strategically-focused pragmatic legal advice that translates into a legal product that is prepared in a manner that is clear, concise, business minded, and capable of informing better and timely business decision-making.’

Key clients

Fire Rescue Victoria

Noumi Pty Limited

BGC Partners (Australia) Pty Limited


Work highlights

  • Assisting Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) with novel applications to the FWC to consolidate and amend complex industrial instruments.
  • Acting for Noumi (previously known as Freedom Foods Group Operations Pty Limited), in proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia relating to allegations of unlawful adverse action, misleading and deceptive conduct, and breach of the whistleblower protections in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).
  • Acting for BGC Partners (Australia) Pty Ltd, with success in obtaining injunctive relief against a former senior BGC employee.

Australia > Transport: shipping Tier 4

Working across eight offices (and steadily growing), the shipping trade practice at Hall & Wilcox is routinely engaged by various corporates, vessel owners and charterers, transport operators, government departments, and insurers – both domestic and international. Core workflows for the team include marine insurance, ship arrest, personal injury, regulatory compliance, casualties, industrial litigations and prosecutions and detentions. Led in Sydney by transport and trade expert Chris Sacré, the team is backed by Paul Baxter, a Melbourne-based partner who brings over 25 years of experience in marine insurance and litigation. Names to note at associate level include Perth-based Kendall Messer, who joined from Kennedys in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Chris Sacré

Other key lawyers:


‘H&W provide practical, succinct advice and guidance that deviates from the standard template that many Australian firms use.’

Australia > Banking and finance Tier 5

Hall & Wilcox's banking and financial service practice advises both lenders and borrowers on a range of matters; the team focuses principally on property finance for senior and mezzanine lenders, with further capabilities in acquisition finance, structured finance, and disputes. Practice head Mark Inston has over 25 years of experience acting for domestic and overseas banks on mezzanine financing transactions, bilateral loans, and asset finance matters, as well as construction and investment property finance.

Practice head(s):

Mark Inston

Key clients

Hope Housing Fund Management

APN Property Group

JY Holdings

Newmark Capital

Australia > Corporate and M&A Tier 5

Hall & Wilcox stands out for its extensive bench of highly specialised partners, many of whom have specific regional or industrial focuses. The Melbourne office fields Oliver Jankowsky, who oversees the international group; Ed Paton, who acts as the head of the South East Asia practice; and sports and entertainment section leader Martin Ross. Sydney-based Christopher Brown and Jacqui Barrett helm the UK and US desks, respectively.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Deborah Chew; James Morvell; Ranny Fan; Michelle Eastwell; Nicole Tumiati


‘Fantastic corporate M&A team.’

‘James Morvell delivers top quality advice, is very well liked by his clients and is an efficient operator. I regard James as one of the top mid-market corporate and M&A lawyers that I have worked with in Australia.’

‘Michelle Eastwell is an amazing lawyer; prompt, knowledgeable, and only takes the time absolutely necessary to deal with matters.’

‘The Hall & Wilcox M&A team are not only technically excellent but approachable, and very easy to work with. Despite working with them on an international transaction with multiple time zones involved, all aspects of the transaction ran smoothly, and we were very happy with the outcome.’

‘Hall & Wilcox collaborated seamlessly with others across the organisation to make sure every aspect of the transaction ran smoothly and brought in the right experts when needed. I was always informed of every aspect of the transaction, was confident the right people were working on the matter and that I wasn’t overserviced. The use of technology greatly assisted the ease of this transaction.’

‘Oliver Jankowsky is an excellent M&A lawyer. He is communicative, proactive, and technically excellent. His thoroughness and attention to detail is very admirable and I knew I was in extremely capable hands with Oliver leading this transaction. You can tell how respected he is within Hall & Wilcox with the calibre of experts he was able to bring into this transaction as needed.’

‘Nicole Tumiati’s calm, clear communication ensured that I felt well supported and trusted that there was an excellent team providing backing.’

‘James Morvell provides out-of-the-box legal solutions.’

Key clients

Allianz Australia Insurance Limited

Annex Products Pty Ltd

Aon Corporation Australia Limited


Attvest Finance Pty Ltd

AusNet Services Holding Pty Ltd

Aussie Broadband

Australian Botanical Products

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Big Ant Group

Channel Capital Pty Ltd

Cortina Holdings Limited

Deluxe Small Business Sales, Inc

DGIT Systems

Focus Financial Partners (including Aspiri)

HW Richardson Group (Petrogas & HWR Petroleum)

Isuzu Australia Pty Ltd

Maggie Beer Holdings

Note Printing Australia Limited


Powerwrap Limited

Putzmeister Group

Refocus Furniture Pty Ltd


Stone and Chalk Limited

Tata Consumer Products

United Super Pty Ltd as trustees of Cbus

UNSW Global P/L

Victorian Government Legal Services Panel

Victorian Pride Centre

Westpac Bank Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Deluxe Corporation on the sale of all of its shares in Hostopia Australia Holding to Newfold Digital for approximately $30m.
  • Advised HW Richardson Group on the Australian law aspects of its 100% acquisition of Pacific Petroleum.
  • Advised the shareholders of the Focus on Furniture group on its A$80m sale to Adairs.

Australia > Infrastructure projects and construction Tier 5

The team at Hall & Wilcox has a strong track record advising on large-scale construction and major infrastructure projects for clients operating in highly regulated sectors, including aged care, transportation, social infrastructure, energy, resources and utilities. Team leader John O’Kane is experienced in front-end and back-end construction and development law, acting across the full project life cycle. Catie Moore joined the team from Mills Oakley in December 2021, bringing to bear an expertise in energy, transport, and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

John O’Kane

Other key lawyers:

Mark Dessi; Katrina Reye; Catie Moore; Penelope Ford; Paul O’Donnell


‘Very strong technical knowledge but delivered in a commercial and pragmatic manner.  Also provide very timely responses and strong depth of market knowledge.’

‘John O’Kane possesses strength in leadership and overall client advice.  The team is very cohesive and consistent in their approach.’

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

Tracetebel Engineering S.A., Lombardi SA Ingegneri Consuleti and Coffey Major Projects (Vic) Pty Ltd

Andritz Hydro

Enzen Australia Pty Ltd

City of Canada Bay

AusNet Services


Home in Place (formerly Compass Housing Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting St Vincent’s Healthcare Limited and St Vincent’s Private Hospitals Limited to negotiate various agreements for the redevelopment of St Vincent’s Private Hospital’s Fitzroy site, with head contractor Kane Constructions Pty Ltd.
  • Acting for a consortium of three engineering consultancies (Tracetebel Engineering S.A., Lombardi SA Ingegneri Consuleti and Coffey Major Projects (Vic) Pty Lt0064) who are the sole provider of design services to the Future Generation Joint Venture, the upstream EPC Contractor to Snowy Hydro Limited.
  • Acting for Home in Place in relation to the PPP social housing project known as the ‘Social and Affordable Housing Fund’ (SAHF).

Australia > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Hall & Wilcox's TMT team is formed of practitioners from the firm's corporate and commercial practice group who specialise in technology law, and work with clients in a broad range of industry sectors.

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.

Managing Partner Tony Macvean
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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