Firm Profile > Hall & Wilcox > Melbourne, Australia

Hall & Wilcox

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Graydon Dowd leads the 'highly strategic and responsive' team at Hall & Wilcox, which specialises in corporate and commercial disputes across a range of industries including financial services, manufacturing and construction. The practice acts for businesses and private individuals, with PwC, Santam and Ericsson Australia among its client list. Kathryn Howard, whose 'attention to detail is second to none', represented Santam in a A$100m claim for damages resulting from negligent and defective design in a construction project.


I have found the team at Hall and Wilcox to be highly strategic and responsive, with a great grasp of the art of delivering advice and work that is on point and exactly what is needed.’

The insurance litigation team at Hall and Wilcox was absolutely spectacular in the way that they dealt with us. Not only was the level of expertise and professionalism incredibly impressive, but the way that they dealt with us as people and not just a corporate entity who are paying fees made us feel valued and at ease throughout the process. They achieved an incredible settlement for us. No effort was spared with the team often required to work late into the night to deliver in line with court-imposed case management deadlines – especially with the time zone difference. I actually find myself missing working with this incredible team who gave us the warmest hospitality while at the same time delivering excellent legal services.’

The H&W dispute resolution team stands out as it makes an effort to get to know and understand the client’s business. It is very practical and commercial in terms of seeking the best outcomes for a client from the dispute process.’

Key clients



Ericsson Australia


Isuzu Australia

The Non-Executive Directors of Banksia Securities Limited

Australian Unity

Santam Limited


Dennis Family Homes

Insurance Tier 3

Clients recommend Hall & Wilcox for its expertise in the contentious insurance space, more particularly in relation to large claims arising out of contract-based disputes, disasters, and property damage. It is also adept at handling non-contentious work. Headed up by Rhett Slocombe, the group assist an enviable spread of clients including significant players in the London insurance market, domestic corporate insurers, self-insurers, and government bodies. Perth-based Anton Vucak focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, medical and public and property liability. Head of the general insurance group Matthew Curll is singled out for his decades-long insurance experience in the financial services sector and clients also mention personal injury practitioner Grant Galvin, statutory insurance specialist Simon Morgan, and the ‘incredibleRachael Arnold, who focuses on general insurance and product liability. In December 2018, David Short departed to accept an in-house position.


Hall and Wilcox adds a personal touch that bigger firms do not seem to have. This is demonstrated by the understanding of the partners and staff of the client’s needs and desired outcomes

The team has a strength in contentious matters, but is also able to mediate if that would bring a better result for the client

The team is approachable and interested in building a relationship with the client

Specialised insurance knowledge regarding large loss matters for commercial issues, construction and disaster claims

The team’s engagement with underwriters, brokers and clients, is outstanding

The team’s subject matter expertise is fantastic. The group works very well as a seamless unit, going above and beyond for the clients across multiple areas

Partners in the insurance group are very ably assisted by great associates

Matthew Curll is a standout partner—he provided constructive advice and was readily available to assist with all issues as they unfolded throughout our project

Perth-based Anton Vucak is very professional and provides great service on complex matters

Grant Galvin is professional no matter what situation he is placed in. Working with Grant on some of the most complex matters over the last several years is always made so easy. He is always responsive and collaborative. He is polite and a pleasure to work with. Grant also has an ability to make complex situations and issues come to quick resolution

Rachael Arnold demonstrates fantastic technical insurance skills and is good at assisting clients with coming up with a strategy

Key clients

Allianz Australia Insurance Group

Catholic Church Insurance

CGU Insurance

Tokio Marine Kiln

Insurance Australia Group

Insurance Commission of Western Australia

NRMA Insurance

QBE Insurance Australia

Transport Accident Commission

WorkSafe Victoria

Media and entertainment Tier 3

Distinguished through its focus on major transactions, governance assistance, strategic advice and litigation in the sports industry, clients recommend Hall & Wilcox for its ‘broad’ skill-set. ‘Outstanding’ practice head Martin Ross works from Melbourne and possesses ‘unequal experience’ in the sporting sector with a proven track record in handling rules and regulations, media rights and sponsorship agreements. Strengths of the overall team also include regulatory, IP, property, employment and public liability matters. Clients include domestic and overseas governing bodies, public and private corporations, athletes, sponsors, agencies and high-profile individuals.


‘The team’s skills appear broad and well suited to the client’s requirements’.

‘Martin Ross is a high quality human and an outstanding lawyer’.

‘Martin is trusted by clients and is not just a source of legal advice, he’s also  commercially savvy.  He also has an interesting ability to lend out his trust to his associates to improve his leverage.’

‘Martin Ross provides unequalled experience in media and sport deals of all types (athletes, content rights, stadium lease agreements, etc). Also, he’s unusually well connected across the commercial and legal dimensions of global sport.’

Labour and employment Tier 4

The employment practice at Hall & Wilcox recently bolstered its offering with the arrival of Fay Calderone and senior associate Clare Kerley in the Sydney office from DibbsBarker. They joined Aaron Dearden who also sits in Sydney. Melbourne-based Karl Rozenbergs spearheads the national team which advises a vastly diverse client roster on the full spectrum of contentious and advisory employment matters. Other key names in Melbourne include Mark Dunphy and Alison Baker while the main name to note in Perth is Kylie Groves.


‘The team has good depth, great technical knowledge and good engagement with the in-house legal community as well as HR professionals.’

‘Aaron Dearden is outstanding!’

Key clients

BlueScope Steel

City of Wanneroo, City of Swan, City of Stirling and City of Joondalup

BlueScope Steel

Town of Cambridge

Hanssen Pty Ltd

Ruralco Holdings Limited


A French multinational manufacturing company


Real estate Tier 4

At Hall & Wilcox, the client base includes state and local government, property and superannuation funds and private companies in addition to utility and infrastructure providers. It also has a focus on social housing. Its key areas of work include development, leasing, tax, finance, procurement transactions and property-related litigation.  Natalie Bannister excels on property due diligence, development approvals, easements and commercial leasing; she heads the department from Melbourne together with John O’Kane, an expert in joint venture and development arrangements. Jane Baddeley recently joined from DLA Piper and brings a distinct focus on corporate occupier matters.

Key clients

360 Property Group

APN Property Group / APN Generation Health


APA Group

ARA Asset Management / ARA Singapore

Arena Investment management

Australian Unity

Aventus Property Management

Cedar Woods

Compass Housing Co Limited

Coronation Development

Dacland Group

Dennis Family Corporation

DHL Express

Elanor Investors

Fletcher Building Group

Generation Health Care REIT

GFG Alliance

Gupta Family

J.C & F.W Kennett

Hunter and Central Coast Development


Impact Investment Group



Mclaren Group of Companies

McCloy Group


Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services

Mirvac Constructions


Parks Victoria

Ranfurlie Asset Management

Regis Aged Care

Ryde City Council

Savers Australia

STA Travel



Zen Group Constructions

Tax Tier 4

Hall & Wilcox supports clients on their tax structuring, advisory, dispute management and compliance schemes. Melbourne-based Peter Murray heads the team which is home to sector expertise in the banking, funds, property, insurance, construction, health, technology, agribusiness, charity and non-for-profit sectors. Core strengths include cross-border tax issues, tax consolidation, disputes, employee share schemes, funds management, small business tax concessions and trusts along with public and private philanthropy.


‘A team of specialists with great technical expertise. As a firm, Hall & Wilcox display great cohesion and character.’

‘They are personable, take time to get to know clients referred to them and work closely with the referring practitioner. The advice given is typically clear and reliable, this is a great help to clients when complex matters are involved.’

Key clients

Australian Unity


Bucher Industries AG / Bucher Municipal

Elanor investors


Focus Financial Partners

HLB Mann Judd

Insurance Australia Group

Liberty Oil

McCloy Group of Companies

Placer Property Limited (now known as KM Property Funds)

Banking and finance Tier 5

With substantial property finance expertise, Hall & Wilcox counts senior and mezzanine lenders, property funds and property developers as clients; it also handles financing deals for community housing projects, corporate finance work, debt and equity financings and security structures, and works closely with the firm’s investment funds team. The group also stands out for its work in emerging markets, notably handling blockchain and cryptocurrency mandates. Mark Inston and Harry New lead the predominantly Melbourne-based practice, which also includes China specialist Eugene Chen, superannuation experts Heather Gray and Anna MacNamara, and Nick Slack.


The partners always readily accessible and the junior lawyers and senior associates are extremely professional and competent.

Great mid sized Banking and Finance practice that delivers not only value for money but also quality documentation for a range of finance facilities.

Nick Slack stands out for his professionalism and timeliness when responding to requests.

Nick Slack and Mark Inston have built a quality practice focused on understanding and then meeting clients objectives. Practical and pragmatic, but with a firm eye on the important details, Nick and Mark ensure personalised attention to get the facility documented.

Key clients

Anti-Hero Capital

Elanor  investors




Compass Housing Co Limited ‘Social and Affordable Housing Fund’ (SAHF)

Hume Community Housing Association

Compass Housing Co Limited

Ronal AG

St George

Managed Account Holdings

Prime Super

DomaCom Australia Limited

Australian Unity Funds Management Limited

Alleron Investment Management Pty Limited

Ellerston Capital

Construction Tier 5

Hall & Wilcox is engaged for the full array of front and back-end matters, with particular focus directed toward public sector, hospital, aged care, transportation, energy, resources, commercial and residential projects. Melbourne-based John O’Kane serves as practice head and provides expertise in development, consultancy, project delivery and joint venture agreements, among other areas. Partner Mark Richards has also also carved out a reputation in the social infrastructure sector.


‘Effective communication. Concise and to the point.’

Key clients

Northwest Healthcare

Logis/McLaren Group

Corio Bay Dairy Group

Gaythorne Pty Ltd

Impact Investment Group

Kennett family

AusNet Services

Australian Pipeline Trust (APA Group)

Victorian Pride Centre

Andritz Hydro GmbH

Corporate and M&A Tier 6

Hall & Wilcox  handles public and private M&A transactions - it has a strong flow of mid-market deals combined with some large-scale work for bigger corporates. It advises on areas such as divestments or acquisitions, often on the Australian leg of large global transactions and offers a number of European and Asian foreign desks. Its national practice is led by Ed Paton and Oliver Jankowsky in Melbourne and Chris Brown in Sydney and Jacqui Barrett  is another notable partner.


They are responsive and understand our business model. They charge fair fees and are technically strong and thoughtful.

They speak plain English and are a personable team  that maintains long-term relationships.’


Key clients

AON Risk Services

APN Property Group

Arena REIT Management Limited

AUB Group

Australian Unity Funds Management

Carlton and United Breweries

Erber AG


Insurance Australia Group

Note Printing Australia

Outsourcing Oceania Holdings


The Firm: Hall & Wilcox is a leading independent business law firm. It has offices in seven cities across Australia – Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Darwin, and more than 700 people, including 80 partners.

For 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. Its acts nationally for Australian-based clients and multinational clients with Australian interests.

At Hall & Wilcox, its purpose is to enable its clients, people and communities to thrive by practising smarter law. Smarter law is how it will help its clients achieve their business objectives. It is how its people will prosper in times of change. Smarter law means that the firm is imaginative, agile, tech savvy, collaborative and remarkable. 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, the firm has the flexibility to work with clients and other firms with fewer restrictions. Its has 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 that country. Its international desks include China desk, Korean desk, European desk and German 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
Banking and finance Mark Inston
Financial services Harry New
Superannuation Heather Gray
Dispute resolution Graydon Dowd
Employment Karl Rozenbergs
Corporate and commercial Martin Ross
Insolvency Wayne Kelcey
Insurance Rhett Slocombe
Intellectual property Ben Hamilton
Property John O'Kane
Tax Peter Murray
TMT Ben Hamilton
TMT Martin Ross
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Mr Richard Mann  photo Mr Richard Mann
Mr Matt McDonald  photo Mr Matt McDonald
Mr Tom McMahon  photo Mr Tom McMahon
Mr James Morvell  photo Mr James Morvell
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Mr Michael Parker  photo Mr Michael Parker
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Number of lawyers : 260
SCG Legal
Australia China Business Council
European Business Inc
Advantage Austria
Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
Australia and New Zealand Sports Law Association
American Chamber of Commerce in Australia
Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry
French Australian Business Women's Association