Firm Profile > Hall & Wilcox > Sydney, Australia
Hall & Wilcox Offices
LEVEL 18, 347 KENT ST
SYDNEY, NSW 2000
Hall & Wilcox > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.’
The Non-Executive Directors of Banksia Securities 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 ‘incredible’ Rachael 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‘
Allianz Australia Insurance Group
Catholic Church Insurance
Tokio Marine Kiln
Insurance Australia Group
Insurance Commission of Western Australia
QBE Insurance Australia
Transport Accident Commission
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!’
City of Wanneroo, City of Swan, City of Stirling and City of Joondalup
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.
360 Property Group
APN Property Group / APN Generation Health
ARA Asset Management / ARA Singapore
Arena Investment management
Aventus Property Management
Compass Housing Co Limited
Dennis Family Corporation
Fletcher Building Group
Generation Health Care REIT
J.C & F.W Kennett
Hunter and Central Coast Development
Impact Investment Group
Mclaren Group of Companies
Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services
Ranfurlie Asset Management
Regis Aged Care
Ryde City Council
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.’
Bucher Industries AG / Bucher Municipal
Focus Financial Partners
HLB Mann Judd
Insurance Australia Group
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.‘
Compass Housing Co Limited ‘Social and Affordable Housing Fund’ (SAHF)
Hume Community Housing Association
Compass Housing Co Limited
Managed Account Holdings
DomaCom Australia Limited
Australian Unity Funds Management Limited
Alleron Investment Management Pty Limited
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.’
Corio Bay Dairy Group
Gaythorne Pty Ltd
Impact Investment Group
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.’
AON Risk Services
APN Property Group
Arena REIT Management Limited
Australian Unity Funds Management
Carlton and United Breweries
Insurance Australia Group
Note Printing Australia
Outsourcing Oceania Holdings
Hall & Wilcox > Firm Profile
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.
|Banking and finance||Mark Inston|
|Financial services||Harry New|
|Dispute resolution||Graydon Dowd|
|Corporate and commercial||Martin Ross|
|Intellectual property||Ben Hamilton|