Firm Profile > Hall & Wilcox > Sydney, Australia

Hall & Wilcox

Australia > Data protection Tier 3

Hall & Wilcox advises public and private companies in Australia and abroad on a range of matters, including day-to-day privacy compliance, risk management, and data breaches, regulatory investigations and reporting, and internal data policies. The team also acts for local governments and non-profit organisations, as well as supporting start-ups through the firm's Frank offering. Melbourne-based partner Alison Baker heads up the practice, and regularly advises clients on internal privacy audits and matters relating to data breaches. Alison Choy Flannigan is based in Sydney and has a particular focus on the healthcare sector.

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Collegial and responsive always! Expertise is a given. The expertise and professionalism is across the team from partners to juniors.

Mark Inston is my main contact and Alison Baker is another partner I deal with regularly. Both are very professional, personal, approachable, and responsive and accommodating to our urgent requests. They know my expectations very well and I can be very frank with them.

Key clients

Healthdirect Australia

Australia > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

Singled out for their ‘legal excellence’ and ‘excellent turnaround time’, Hall & Wilcox’s dispute resolution lawyers ‘care about obtaining a fair outcome’ for their client base, which includes domestic and international companies, high-net-worth individuals, government bodies, and statutory authorities. The group’s main focus is placed on corporate and commercial litigation, taken alongside its strength in alternative dispute resolution. Based in Melbourne, Graydon Dowd leads the department, which expanded its presence in Perth with the arrival of Hector West from Dentons in the summer of 2019. Kathryn Howard (Melbourne) is a go-to adviser to a number of public sector clients.

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Legal excellence, excellent turnaround time, strategic, pragmatic.

The team’s area of specialism (acquisitions and compensations) is unmatched. They are professional in their negotiations and I have seen nothing but good and satisfactory results from them in the four years I have worked with them.

Key clients





Senvion GmbH

Roads Corporation

Focus Financial Partners LLC

Dennis Family Homes

SMSF Club Pty

Australia > Insurance Tier 3

Hall & Wilcox handles contentious and non-contentious general and statutory insurance matters for a client base consisting of state government schemes, large corporate insurers, and leading brands. The practice regularly acts in conjunction with its colleagues in the tax, funds, wealth, superannuation, and regulatory departments. It is led out of the Sydney office: Rhett Slocombe sits at the helm of the fully integrated national insurance practice, while Matthew Curll serves as head of the general insurance and the financial services and insurance industry groups. Also of note, the team stands out for its Smarter Law solutions involving legal technology, most recently launching an additional legal case management solution. Philip Hopley joined from Herbert Smith Freehills in August 2021.

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No matter which person you speak with, they deliver a sound, commercial, and sometimes out-of-the-box legal advice that leads to great results. I find that I can contact the team anytime, and vice versa. This brings about a strong relationship that ensures that matters are moved along quickly, economically, and with positive results. The individual solicitors are all focused on delivering great client service, as well as sound legal advice.

Expert in self-insurer representation. Easy to contact by phone and email. An ability and capacity to provide urgent answers and legal advice. An ability to provide holistic legal advice regarding a range of jurisdictions, as well as to provide consistent advice from a national level perspective. Friendly client service. Tech-savvy.

Key clients

Allianz Australia Insurance Group

Tokio Marine Kiln

Insurance Australia Group

NRMA Insurance

QBE Insurance Australia

WorkSafe Victoria

Australia > Media and entertainment Tier 3

Hall & Wilcox is home to a dedicated sports and entertainment practice, fronted by the 'outstanding' Martin Ross in Melbourne. The client roster spans sporting organisations, corporates, governing bodies, athletes, agencies, and sponsors, both Australian and international, who rely on the team for transaction, governance, dispute, media rights, IP, and regulatory work, among other matters. Ross’ track record includes major sponsorship agreements, sporting-related M&A, and advice on rules and regulations; he operates from Melbourne alongside James Deady whose practice encompasses marketing and promotion matters, outsourcing, and IT contracts.

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‘Superior knowledge of the sports sector – particularly the way players and governing bodies need to manage risk.

‘Martin Ross is outstanding. The sports sector has a lot of “alpha males” that are difficult to deal with at the best of times, let alone in moments of stress that arise during large commercial deals and or public conflicts. Martin is obviously a very good lawyer, but he’s also an ingredient that clearly provides a sense of safety for these senior executives.’

‘I can compare to other firms with any detailed experience, however, H&W is extremely responsive. Rarely does any query go beyond 12 hours and the advice or direction is precise.’


Australia > Real estate Tier 3

At Hall & Wilcox, Natalie Bannister is a specialist in national portfolio management, sales and acquisition, property due diligence, development approvals and the leasing of industrial, retail and commercial assets; she heads the practice from Melbourne alongside John O’Kane who thrives in relation to residential, industrial and commercial developments, frequently working on the related agreements and documentation as well as joint venture arrangements. The practice also focuses on social and affordable housing, property fund transactions, and REITs; it recently gained new partners following the arrivals of Kitty Vo and Meg Lee from Ashurst and Gadens Lawyers respectively.

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Key clients

Arena REIT Management Limited

New World Holdings Pty Ltd

Victory Offices Limited

Compass Housing Services Co Ltd

Department of Treasury and Finance Victoria

Kaufland Australia Pty Ltd

McCloy Group

IOOF Holdings Limited

Dahua Group

Impact Investment Group

Department of Education and Training Victoria

Fletcher Building Group Ltd

Hume Community Housing Associate Co Ltd

Northwest Healthcare Australia RE and Northwest Healthcare Property REIT

Wyndham City Council

City of Canada Bay

AM Group Pty Ltd

Australia > Labour and employment Tier 4

Hall & Wilcox combines employment advisory capabilities with an established reputation in litigation. In particular, the team has recently carved out significant niche expertise in restraint of trade matters. The national practice operates out of offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. Practice head Karl Rozenbergs in Melbourne has deep litigation expertise, regularly dealing with clients in the financial services, aged care, manufacturing sectors and quasi-governmental bodies. Other key names in the team include Alison Baker in Melbourne and Fay Calderone in Sydney.

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BlueScope Steel


Smit Lamnalco


Australia > Tax Tier 4

Hall & Wilcox offers advice across the full spectrum of tax regimes, with capabilities handling tax disputes, M&A transactions and general advice on compliance. The team has particular expertise in a number of sectors, including banking, construction, health, manufacturing and agribusiness. Melbourne-based team head Peter Murray specialises in corporate tax issues involving listed and unlisted corporate groups and high-net-worth individuals.

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‘Long term knowledge of and partner with our business. Good relationship with and stability of staff.’

‘Also they look for and raise opportunities for our business which we may not have otherwise seen. Ability to quickly answer specific questions regarding our tax situation and opportunities.’

‘The team has demonstrated prompt response and provided good quality legal advice in dealing with the tax matters.’

‘They have shown in-depth knowledge on the subject matter and exceptionally good advice and recommended solutions to handle the subject matters.’


Key clients

McCloy Group

Global financial services trading service

Bucher Municipal Pty Ltd

AirAsia X Services Pty Ltd

Professional personal financial services advisor

Private shareholders

Australian Unity

Australia > Banking and finance Tier 5

In addition to its recognised strength in property finance, Hall & Wilcox is active in corporate finance, and continues to grow in a number of areas, including social and affordable housing, acting for Chinese banks and non-bank lenders. Clients include senior and mezzanine lenders, borrowers, property funds and developers. Mark Inston heads up the team from Melbourne.

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The HW finance team has a strong focus on client needs and the highest level of professional service quality.

Mark Inston, Eugene Chen, Jeanette Liu, and the rest of the finance team have continuously provided high-quality service to various projects of our company. Their level of professionalism, commitment, focus on the client’s need, flexibility, and the overall service quality is among the highest in the industry.

They go beyond the normal firm and solve issues that arise, working and thinking practically.

Key clients

Compass Housing

APN Property Group Limited

HousingFirst Ltd

Hume Community Housing Association Co Ltd

Westpac Banking Corporation (including St George and Bank of Melbourne

Wingate Corporate Investments Pty Ltd

China Everbright Bank Co., Ltd.

Australia > Construction Tier 5

At Hall & Wilcox, the construction department spreads its focus across transportation, hospital, health, commercial, residential property, public sector, energy and utility projects. The team is home to both front and back-end capability with its workload spanning procurement, project structuring and project delivery matters in addition to delay, liquidated damages and professional negligence disputes. Headed by Melbourne-based John O’Kane, the group is well-versed in projects across the entirety of Australia, also occasionally handling those located overseas.

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‘I have worked with a number of firms in Melbourne and I find Hall & Wilcox to be the most knowledgeable, professional and always try to keep their price contained. I have worked with them on a number of large scale contracts and they are always thorough and responsive.’

‘Mark Dessi is a very experienced, professional and approachable lawyer. He responds quickly to my needs and is always available to answer my questions.’

Key clients

NorthWest Healthcare

Corio Bay Dairy Group

AMP Capital

Cedar Woods Property

Impact Investment Group

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

Owners Corporation No. 1 PS600940E and 145 lot owners in the Atlantis Tower

Hunter Development Corporate – The Store

Compass Housing Group

Andritz Hydro

Genossenschaft Elektra Baselland (EBL)

Dawson Joint Venture/ Anglo American Mining

Spotlight Group

Australia > Corporate and M&A Tier 5

Hall & Wilcox is active in transactions across a wide range of industries, including insurance, financial services, healthcare, and technology, advising medium-to-large companies on mid-market public and private M&A. The practice offers significant international corporate and tax expertise, with four foreign-qualified partners and foreign desks in Germany, the US, China, and South-East Asia. Key partners include section head Martin Ross, inbound investment specialist Ed Paton, and German-qualified Oliver Jankowsky and in Melbourne, US and UK desk heads Jacqui Barrett and Christopher Brown in Sydney,


‘They were always responsive and guided us through in the most cost and time-efficient manner. We have nothing but high praise for them.’

‘Has solid experience in our industry.’

‘Very reliable and good service.’

Key clients

Getzner Werkstoffe

Sabco Australia

SLK Trading

AM Group


Sto SE & Co

Bravo Fit Holdings

Redpoint Investment Management

Shareholders of Refocus Furniture

Filpro Automotive Australia


Insurance Australia Group

L.C. Dyson Group of Companies

AmorePacific Corporation

Australian Unity

Fairview Aged Care

University of New South Wales

United Super

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Isuzu Australia

AusNet Services Holdings

Aussie Broadband

Victorian Government Legal Services Panel

Kaufland Australia

Westpac Bank Corporation

Arab Bank

Victorian Pride Centre

Note Printing Australia


Hall & Wilcox is a leading independent Australian law firm.  We are a national firm with seven offices across Australia –  Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Darwin, and over 750 people, including 93 partners.

For more than 100 years, Hall & Wilcox has been advising businesses and business people, public and private entities and the public sector on a wide range of commercial and legal issues. We act nationally for Australian-based clients and multinational clients with Australian interests.

At Hall & Wilcox, our purpose is to enable our clients, our people and our communities to thrive by practising smarter law. Smarter law is how we help clients achieve their business objectives. Smarter law demands service, solutions, systems and processes that are flexible, responsive, efficient and intelligent. Smarter law leads to greater value for clients.

By remaining an independent firm, when many in Australia merged to become global, Hall & Wilcox has the flexibility to work with clients and other firms with fewer restrictions. We have several international desks led by partners and senior lawyers who are native speakers and understand first hand, the commercial and legal issues of doing business in a particular country. Our international desks include China desk, German desk, Spanish desk, South East Asia desk, European desk, UK desk and US desk.

Areas of practice: Hall & Wilcox’s expertise extends across a broad range of areas including, banking and financial services, corporate and commercial, litigation and dispute resolution, property and projects, insurance, employment and workplace relations, tax, and private clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Tony Macvean
Practice Leader - Banking and Finance Mark Inston +61 3 9603 3597
Practice Leader - Corporate and Commercial Martin Ross +61 3 9603 3641
Practice Leader - Commercial Dispute Resolution Graydon Dowd +61 3 9603 3147
Practice Leader - Employment Karl Rozenbergs +61 3 9603 3583
Practice Leader - Private Clients William Moore +61 3 9603 3167
Practice Leader - Property and Projects John O'Kane +61 3 9603 3120
Practice Leader - Tax Peter Murray +61 3 9603 3686
Practice Leader - Insurance Rhett Slocombe +61 2 8267 3869
Practice Leader - Intellectual Property Ben Hamilton +61 3 9603 3586
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Jacqui Barrett  photo Ms Jacqui Barrett Jacqui has extensive experience in advising and assisting clients with M&As, corporate…
Mr Christopher Brown  photo Mr Christopher Brown Chris has over 20 years’ experience in advising on corporate transactions .…
Mr Matthew Curll  photo Mr Matthew Curll Matthew is a Partner at Hall & Wilcox and is co-lead of…
Mr Aaron Dearden  photo Mr Aaron Dearden Aaron has extensive employment and industrial relations law experience.  Specifically, he specialises…
Mr Stephen Klotz  photo Mr Stephen Klotz Stephen is a well-respected commercial litigation lawyer with almost 30 years’ experience.…
Mr Stan Kondilios  photo Mr Stan Kondilios Stan is a leading environmental and planning law litigator who specialises in…
Mr Paul O'Donnell photo Mr Paul O'Donnell Paul is an experienced energy and resources lawyer, who specialises in the…
Mr Nick Slack  photo Mr Nick Slack Nick has 19 years’ experience acting for Australian and international financiers and…
Mr Rhett Slocombe  photo Mr Rhett Slocombe Partner/National Insurance Pracitce Head
Number of partners: : 93
Number of lawyers: : 306
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