Johnson Winter Slattery > Adelaide, Australia > Firm Profile

Johnson Winter Slattery
LEVEL 9
211 VICTORIA SQUARE
ADELAIDE, SA 5000
Australia

Australia > Dispute resolution: class actions Tier 2

The class actions team at Johnson Winter Slattery acts for both defendants and plaintiffs, with particular expertise in advising litigation funders. Paul Buitendag and Paul Reidy co-lead the team from Melbourne and Sydney, respectively. Reidy acts for large corporates and board members, having recently acted for Allianz in a class action case, and Robert Johnston is adept at handling litigation in the Supreme and Federal Courts. Frances Dreyer and Andreas Piesiewicz are also key contacts. All named lawyers are based in Sydney unless noted otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘They are unusual in that, due to their corporate client base, they act on both sides. This makes them formidable opponents because they understand a class action from all angles.’

‘A team that is full of energy – really smart people who consistently deliver. They listen to clients and work with them to get the best outcomes on cases. The partners are savvy and extremely experienced. A very safe pair of hands, and able to deal with the most complex of matters.’ 

‘The teams we work with have some exceptional associates who you can really trust. They are hard working and drive litigation. A number of the partners we work with too are extremely impressive and bring strategic direction to challenging litigation, and rigour to decision making.’

‘JWS has an experienced and hands-on team in its class actions practice. Something that sets them apart from other firms is their willingness and ability to get involved in the legal framing of the case and its development through to trial, and at trial. This includes legal analysis and preparation of evidence.’

‘Paul Reidy is one of only a handful of class action lawyers in Australia that I would trust with a significant investment. He is excellent – incredibly hard-working, sharp, a good strategist and very user-friendly.’

‘Paul Reidy is a highly experienced and strategic litigator. His strength is knowing when to get involved in strategic and forensic decisions, and when to let the solicitor and counsel team progress the case.’

Key clients

Vasco Trustees Limited, D H Flinders Pty Ltd

Allianz Australia Limited

Jones Asififi-Otchere

Former Director/Interim CEO, RCR Tomlinson Limited

Dick Smith Class action – lead applicant Mr and Mrs Mastoris on behalf of over 40 institutional investors

BSA Ltd

Edward Poljak on behalf of over 270,00 Facebook users

Administrators of Quintis and Lloyds of London insurers

Merivale Group

3M

Work highlights

  • Acting for Jones Asirifi-Otchere in a large class action against Swann Insurance concerning the sale of “add-on” insurance.
  • Acting for Merivale Group in a high-profile class action concerning the alleged underpayment of approximately 10,000 employees over a six-year period.
  • Acting for the claimants in a large class action against Allianz in the Supreme Court of Victoria concerning the sale of “add-on” insurance products.

Australia > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Paul Buitendag in Melbourne and Paul Reidy in Sydney co-head the dispute resolution practice at Johnson Winter Slattery. The team acts for both defendants and plaintiffs in corporate and commercial disputes, class actions, regulatory prosecutions and competition cases. Areas of expertise includes the construction, infrastructure, energy and resources,  technology and logistics sectors. Sydney-based Robert Johnston is active in handling cases in the Supreme and Federal courts, as well as high-value class actions, whilst Tom Jarvis in Melbourne acts for large corporations, government bodies and regulators.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The practise creates a personalise boutique feel without compromising on expertise and credibility. JWS litigation is technically very strong but also very strong in delivering the more subjective parts of managing through litigation matters including; managing clients time, resources, expectations and well-being.’

‘A team that is full of energy, really smart people, and who consistently deliver. They listen to clients and work with them to get the best outcomes on cases. Some superstar associates in the team, and partners who are savvy and extremely experienced. A very safe pair of hands, and able to deal with the most complex of matters.’

‘The teams we work with have some exceptional associates who you can really trust. They are hard working and drive litigation. A number of the partners we work with too are extremely impressive and bring strategic direction to challenging litigation, and rigour to decision making.’

‘Paul Buitendag is user-friendly, incredibly hard-working, commercial and able to manage a case to a successful conclusion.’

‘The group, led by Paul Buitendag, is very strong. They are super flexible when it comes to fees and arrangements, as well as commercial. And they have experience on both sides. A class act.’

‘Paul Reidy, builds great rapport and client confidence easily. His technical skills and strategic and open approach to matters is fair, reasonable and in the client interests over fees.’

‘Felicity Karageorge, is a great example of someone managing to transition between being heavily in the details and massive workload while successfully also stepping into senior strategic decision making. Very approachable and extremely knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Sarah Pearce the former Group Treasurer/Treasurer (Acting) of Arrium Limited

WSP Australia Pty Ltd

New Hope Corporation Ltd

Hawker Pacific

Unilever

Jetstar Airways

Australian Securities & Investments Commission

Mondiale VGL Logistics

Australian Pacific LNG Pty Ltd

BSO Netowrk Inc and Aspara Networks

George Gregan

Fitness Systems United Pty Ltd

Vehicle Monitoring Systems

Garmin Australasia

Glencore International

Work highlights

    Australia > Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 2

    In 2020, Johnson Winter Slattery hired Nicholas Grambas (Melbourne) and Richard Graham  (Sydney) from Sidley Austin and Clifford Chance, adding significant experience to the team in the respective areas of project finance and M&A. It is best known in the market for its focus on upstream oil and gas development work, downstream projects, acquisitions and divestments in the energy and natural resources sector and the regulatory framework governing activity in the industry. Brisbane partner Bruce Adkins leads the practice.

    Practice head(s):

    Bruce Adkins

    Other key lawyers:

    Nicholas Grambas; Richard Graham

    Testimonials

    ‘The team – Nicholas Grambas in particular – is supremely commercial, reactive, on top of details and works 24/7. They are also technologically advanced – able to work across multiple collaboration platforms -, pay attention to diversity as a priority in my experience and have great relationships and credibility with other lawyers and law firms, which is important.’

    Nicholas Grambas is encyclopaedic in his knowledge of the law and of renewable energy markets, yet very commercial, articulate, an excellent negotiator – in other words, well liked by counterparties too, which is a great help – and always available.’

    Key clients

    State of South Australia

    Base Resources

    NewGen Kwinana Partnership

    Infrastructure Capital Group

    GB Energy Holdings Limited

    Macmahon Holdings Ltd (ASX: MAH)

    MACH Energy Australia Pty Ltd

    Project proponent for CopperString 2.0 Project.

    Coking Coal One (as wholly owned subsidiary of ASX listed Bowen Coking Coal Limited) (BCB)

    HLB Man Judd (receivers and managers of LakeCoal Pty Ltd and Fassi Coal Pty Ltd)

    Novo Resources

    Sentient Equity Partners

    Origin Energy

    Beach Energy

    Santos Ltd.

    Northern Star Resources Ltd.

    3D Oil Limited

    Peabody Energy

    CITIC

    Renewable Energy Vietnam Pte. Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Assisted GB Energy to progress the development of its landmark underground gas storage project in Gippsland, Victoria.
    • Advised Beach Energy Limited in relation to an agreement with Senex Energy Limited for Beach to acquire all of Senex’s oil and gas assets located in the Cooper Basin of South Australia.
    • Provided advice to the State of South Australia in relation to a 10 year across-government contract for supply of electricity by ZEN Energy Retail Pty Ltd.

    Australia > Media and entertainment Tier 2

    The media group at Johnson Winter Slattery employs its experience and advanced AI tools to provide solutions for a roster of major multimedia clients, including commercial television broadcasters, newspapers, magazines, tech multinationals, and motion picture companies. Led from the Sydney office by media law specialist Kevin Lynch the team advises such household names as Microsoft, Verizon, and the Seven Network, across the tech, entertainment, education, and health care sectors. The group’s full range of services covers defamation, pre-publication matters, and media venture capital matters. The team is backed by pre-publication expert Sam Johnson in Sydney and dispute negotiation specialist Eve Thomson in Adelaide. The team has also been boosted since senior associate Jennifer Dean joined from Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

    Practice head(s):

    Other key lawyers:

    Sam Johnson; Eve Thomson ; Jennifer Dean

    Testimonials

    ‘Johnson Winter Slattery have a well established media-law practice. They advise a broad range of clients, mainly media publishers, and are skilful and adept at managing both large and smaller litigation while always maintaining a commercial focus. Their advice is practical, realistic and commercial.’

    ‘Johnson Winter & Slattery provide a lean and efficient service to their clients. Their media law team is comprised of a small number of specialists in the field who are able to provide quick and practical advice and who run litigation efficiently and effectively – perhaps more so than other firms in this area.’

    ‘Kevin Lynch, partner, is an experienced and shrewd litigator who is highly effective and extremely responsive to his clients’ needs.’

    ‘Johnson Winter & Slattery is responsive, flexible with timing, accommodating to difficult circumstances, and generous with their time. The firm has innovative ideas and through the pandemic communicated effectively using technology.’

    ‘Working with Johnson Winter & Slattery has meant that communication is seamless, and work is delivered in a timely manner, to a high standard.’

    ‘Kevin Lynch is very experienced, practical, commercial in approach and cost-effective.’ 

    Key clients

    Seven Network (Operations) Ltd

    Are Media Group

    Verizon Inc

    Oath Inc.

    Verizon Media Australia Pty Limited

    Microsoft Australia Pty Limited

    Microsoft Corporation

    Australian National University (defamation)

    Endemol Shine Australia Pty Ltd

    The Huffington Post Holdings LLC

    Chanel Contos

    TCT Mobile (Australasia) Pty Ltd

    Turn It Up Media Pty Ltd

    Desert Pea Media Inc

    Tantalus Media Pty Limited

    Work highlights

    • Defended an internet corporation in two separate proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria for defamation arising from publication of search engine results, image search results, and the underlying third party webpages.
    • Defending Federal Court of Australia defamation proceedings on behalf of Verizon Media in relation to an article published to the Yahoo News Australia website.
    • Defended a claim by Daniel Johns, the lead singer of the band Silverchair against Bauer Media for a publication in Woman’s Day.  

    Australia > Tax Tier 2

    Johnson Winter Slattery combines active transactional and commercial tax advice with a strong record in tax disputes and controversies, working with listed companies and multinationals, alongside regularly collaborating with leading UK and US tax practices on cross-border issues. The practice was bolstered by the arrival of corporate tax specialist Alison Haines to the Melbourne office from an in-house position in early 2021. Melbourne-based practice head Stewart Grieve  is focused on tax disputes and audits, with a number of multinational clients, while Sydney’s Prashanth Kainthaje advises on corporate and financing transactions, with expertise in state and federal taxation. Also in Sydney, Andy Milidoni advises on transfer pricing, superannuation and trust mandates, while the vastly experienced Richard Gelski continues as a consultant, advising on corporate structures and cross-border investments. Melbourne’s Kathryn Bertram  handling stamp duty, land tax and the associated disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    Testimonials

    ‘Our primary contact at JWS is Prashanth Kainthaje, who in my view is one of Australia’s leading cross-border tax practitioners. He is very proactive and innovative.’

    ‘Stewart Grieve has provided us with a wide range of expert advice in a timely manner.’

    Key clients

    Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV

    Gazal Corporation

    Cartula International Pty Ltd

    Johnson and Johnson Pty Ltd

    Godolphin Australia Pty Ltd

    Strike Energy Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV on the income tax and stamp duty aspects of its sale of Carlton and United Breweries to Asahi.
    • Leading on the entry into Advance Pricing Agreements for all business units of Johnson & Johnson operating in Australia.
    • Represented Strike Energy in a dispute regarding the availability of the R&D tax incentive for certain core and supporting R&D activities.

    Australia > Banking and finance Tier 3

    Lawyers at Johnson Winter Slattery assist major national and international banks, non-bank lenders and multinational corporates involved in high-value transactions, on a broad range of issues; these range from acquisition and leveraged finance, syndicated financing arrangements and financial products through to project finance, debt restructurings, and insolvency matters. Spearheaded by veteran leveraged finance practitioner David Beckett in Brisbane, the group’s portfolio features Eagers Automotive and CleanTech Asia and covers the automotive, tech, energy and resources, construction, logistics and infrastructure sectors. Craig Wappett supports the team in Melbourne, particularly in relation to securities-related mandates.

    Practice head(s):

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Eagers Automotive Limited (ASX: APE)

    REV

    CleanTech Asia Pty Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Advising Eagers with all aspects of its senior syndicated financing requirements.
    • Advised REV on all aspects of its investment in, and funding of, the Ecotech Project, including structuring, investment and funding agreements.
    • Advising the CleanTech Asia Pty Ltd and its shareholders on the financing, due diligence, structuring and governance arrangements.

    Australia > Capital markets Tier 3

    The equity capital markets team at Johnson Winter Slattery advises national and multinational corporations across a broad range of industries, including the life sciences, energy and resources, and infrastructure sectors. Led by corporate M&A specialist James Rozsa in Sydney and ECM expert John Keeves in Adelaide, the group’s client base features Anheuser-Busch InBev and Seven West Media. The team’s full service offering extends to IPOs, subscription agreements, non-renounceable entitlement offers and private placements. The group is assisted in Sydney by multi-jurisdictional fundraising adviser Clare Brown.

    Practice head(s):

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    AB InBev

    Arafura Resources Limited

    Bionomics Limited

    Blackmores

    BSA Limited

    Cannacord Genuity Australia Limited

    Evans & Partners

    ImpediMed Limited

    Imricor Medical Systems, Inc.

    Laybuy Group Holdings Limited

    Liquefied Natural Gas Limited

    Moelis

    Northern Minerals Limited

    Osprey Medical Inc.

    Perenti Global Limited (formerly Ausdrill Limited)

    Shaw & Partners

    Seven West Media Limited

    Todd River Resources Limited

    Visioneering Technologies, Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Acted as Australian legal counsel to Laybuy on its initial public offering of shares and listing on the Australian Securities Exchange.
    • Advised Funtastic on a series of important transactions including the acquisition of the entire issued capital of the Hobby Warehouse Group pursuant to a share sale deed and, in return for that acquisition, the issuance of shares valued at $32.6m to the sellers, representing up to 34.43% of the issued capital of the company.
    • Advised Blackmores on a fully underwritten $92m institutional placement of approximately 1.3 million new fully paid ordinary shares at a price of $72.50 per share; and non-underwritten share purchase plan of up to $25m to eligible shareholders in Australia and New Zealand.

    Australia > Competition and trade Tier 3

    Australia > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

    Johnson Winter Slattery fields an independent, bespoke transactional team, with strong domestic and international involvement across public M&A, private equity and venture capital deals. The firm enjoys productive relationships with a number of major funds, and has also advised corporate clients on high-profile deals and innovative structures. The team is led by Jeremy Davis, who heads up the corporate M&A offering and advises on a number of cross-border deals, and James Rozsa, who specialises in private equity and venture capital investments. Damian Reichel is an experienced practitioner with expertise across public and private M&A and corporate governance work, and regularly handles complex deal structures. Richard Graham has broad sector expertise, working in key areas such as the IT, telecoms and resources industries. All lawyers mentioned are in Sydney.

    Practice head(s):

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Team with broad experience in many sectors with good understanding of the specific industry segment (asset management) and of business. Very practical approach to problems.’

    ‘Jeremy Davis, partner, is very practical, goal oriented lawyer and a straight shooter in negotiation.’

    ‘Damian Reichel: Direct, fearless, persuasive, contrarian.’

    Key clients

    AB InBev/ Carlton & United Breweries

    Blackmores Limited

    Liquefied Natural Gas Limited

    Virgin Group

    Flight Centre Travel Group

    The a2 Milk Company

    Aspire 42 Group

    Novo Resources Corp.

    Macmahon Holdings Ltd

    Beach Energy Limited

    Tantalus Media

    Veritas Capital

    Lineage Logistics

    Liverpool Partners Group

    Potentia Capital

    Employment Hero Holdings Pty Ltd

    Archer Capital

    BayGrove Capital and Lineage Logistics

    Accel-KKR

    Marlin Equity Partners

    Insight Partners

    OneVentures

    MH Carnegie & Co

    Work highlights

    • Advising Veritas on its deal with Evergreen to acquire 100% of the stock in Cubic.
    • Advised Michigan-based cold storage provider Lineage Logistics on all legal aspects of its acquisition of Emergent Cold.
    • Advising Liverpool Partners on the acquisition of Melbourne Consulting Business’ division of PS&C Limited.

    Australia > Labour and employment Tier 3

    Johnson Winter Slattery’s employment practice is strong in handling complex contentious matters, including unfair dismissal issues, discrimination claims and class actions. Its sector strength spans the media, transport, education, energy and resource, technology, retail, financial services, health care and aged care arenas. The team is co-lead by Ruveni Kelleher, who established the practice and is skilled in acting for private equity and venture capital clients; Jan Dransfield, who has extensive expertise in the federal courts, tribunals and before the Fair Work Commission; and Lucienne Mummé, who has substantial experience in industrial relation matters.

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘They provide direct personal service from the most expert people in the firm ie partners.’

    ‘Very commercially minded and customer centric. They can balance the tough advice with a customer friendly approach that helps you feel empowered on critical decision making.’

    ‘Efficient, cost conscious and good value.’

    ‘JWS came highly recommended and have proven to be the best company we could have been referred to. Their knowledge and immediate response to our requirements were exemplary. They have implemented crucial elements within our business enabling us to be up to date with current employment law.’

    ‘Jan Dransfield is highly experienced and expert and provides advice with a legal, commercial and common sense perspective.’

    ‘Jan Dransfield is approachable, understands clients needs well and is very practical.’

    ‘Jan Dransfield (Partner) and Erin Wilson (Associate) were professional, efficient, effective and always available at short notice for the urgent matters we had at hand.’

    ‘Jan Dransfield is always professional with a highly commercial mindset. Erin Wilson – very aligned with Jan in a similar nature.’

    Key clients

    AMP Services Ltd

    BSA Limited

    Headset Solutions Pty Ltd

    KDR Victoria Pty Ltd

    Lineage Logistics LLC

    Merivale Group

    Qantas Group

    Signature Orthopaedics

    Swissport Pty Ltd

    Global Travel

    Veolia

    Rentokil

    Work highlights

    • Acting for BSA Limited, a publicly listed technical services contracting company, in relation to class action proceedings commenced in the Federal Court regarding sham contracting and underpayment allegations.
    • Advised and assisted KDR Victoria Pty Ltd trading as Yarra Trams on the industrial and employment impacts of Covid-19 related restrictions.
    • Acting for Panthera in defending proceedings brought by its former Chief Executive Officer.

    Australia > Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 3

    Johnson Winter Slattery’s team is highly active in the mining sector, advising minerals producers and explorers on project development, capital raising, acquisitions and divestments, joint ventures and various related matters. Jee-Seon Lee has over 20 years of experience in the field, focusing on mining construction and procurement matters, which she handles alongside various upstream and downstream oil and gas projects. Bruce Adkins in Brisbane is often instructed to advise clients on negotiating and documenting new resources and infrastructure joint ventures; he is also well-versed to act on the sale and purchase of mining and energy assets. Stuart Clague  (Perth) and Andrew Wilton  (Adelaide) are also core members of the firm’s mining and projects group.

    Practice head(s):

    Bruce Adkins

    Other key lawyers:

    Jee-Seon Lee; Stuart Clague; Andrew Wilton; Anthony Groom

    Testimonials

    ‘The firm offers deep Australian energy industry experience and a considerable amount of local market knowledge using their regional offices. They have demonstrated to me that they can draw on specialists from within their organisation when required for specific issues (e.g. project financing, insurance, etc). JWS is responsive and adaptable to client requirements. Their legal advice is never given in isolation of commercial and client necessities but JWS communicates the risks of various approaches well.’

    ‘Anthony Groom’s strength is his vast energy industry experience and superior knowledge of the relevant legislation and case law. I always feel that we have an advantage over any other lawyers in the room while he is working on a project. Anthony seems indefatigable. The quality of the work never waned and the attention to detail was always excellent. ’

    ‘The JWS Energy & Resources practice has a real depth of experience and is well balanced and resourced to efficiently handle transactions of any level of complexity while delivering on all client deadlines.’

    ‘Bruce Adkins and Stuart Clague have a great all-around combination of industry knowledge, M&A prowess, commerciality and technical discipline, which makes them unique in the E&R market. Their commitment and responsiveness to client demands are also exceptional.’

    Key clients

    State of South Australia

    Base Resources

    NewGen Kwinana Partnership

    Infrastructure Capital Group

    GB Energy Holdings Limited

    Macmahon Holdings Ltd

    MACH Energy Australia Pty Ltd

    Project proponent for CopperString 2.0 Project.

    Coking Coal One

    HLB Man Judd

    Novo Resources

    Sentient Equity Partners

    Origin Energy

    Beach Energy

    Santos Ltd.

    Northern Star Resources Ltd.

    3D Oil Limited

    Peabody Energy

    CITIC

    Work highlights

    • Advising Base Resources in relation to the project structuring for the construction and procurement contracting on the Toliara project.
    • Advising Novo Resources corp on the $61m acquisition of all shares in Millennium from IMC Resources.
    • Assisted GB Energy to progress the development of its landmark underground gas storage project in Gippsland, Victoria.

    Australia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

    Johnson Winter Slattery advises on insolvencies across Australia, with teams in NSW, Victoria and Queensland, and also handles high-level litigation and restructurings, with a strong focus on acting for debtor clients. The firm mainly advises ASX-listed companies, and utilises its integrated expertise in debt financing and dispute resolution to handle a diverse range of cases. Practice head Joseph Scarcella is an experienced figure in insolvency litigation, who represents clients in contentious, business-critical cases, while David Proudman has a strong track record in non-contentious insolvency and business reconstruction mandates.

    Practice head(s):

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Joseph Scarcella is an exceptional lawyer in this practice area.’

    ‘Advice is provided in a clear and timely fashion.’

    ‘JWS has built one of the top restructuring and insolvency practices in Australia. Led by Paul Buitendag and Joe Scarcella, their approach is always highly commercial and strategic with a view to thinking any strategy all the way through for their clients. The JWS team has built a stellar reputation in the market working on high-value, complex and contentious restructuring and insolvency matters. Their flexible approach to billing, experience working with liquidators and providers of legal finance and their depth of legal talent make JWS the go-to law firm in this space.’

    ‘Joe Scarcella is a velvet-coated wrecking ball with an encyclopaedic knowledge of how legal and commercial issues interact in complex restructuring and insolvency matters.’

    ‘Paul Buitendag is very client focussed and knows how to strike a commercial deal. He is pragmatic and smart.’

    Key clients

    PricewaterhouseCoopers as liquidators of Gunns Limited

    Angas Securities Limited

    Administrators (and now liquidators) of Botanic Homes Pty Ltd (in liquidation)

    Liquidator of Babcock & Brown Limited

    Crescent Capital Partners

    PwC – Liquefied Natural Gas Limited

    Petrus Helberg

    Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd

    Vestrock Capital Pty Ltd

    Cor Cordis

    FTI Consulting

    Duff & Phelps

    Australian Securities and Investments Commission v Wily & Hurst

    Work highlights

    • Advised directors of Grocon Group on a complex administration process.
    • Represented PwC as the liquidator of the Gunns Group of companies in relation to 73 voidable preference claims commenced in the Federal Court of Australia against numerous creditors of the Gunns Group.
    • Advised Crescent Capital Partners on the restructure of the Tigerlily Group.

    Australia > Financial services regulatory Tier 4

    The financial services regulation group at Johnson Winter Slattery provides tailored advice for major national and international banks, investment funds and managers, and government regulators, such as the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) and Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), across a wide array of regulatory issues. Such matters include financial product Design and Distribution Obligations (DDO), derivative transaction reporting requirements, breach reporting obligations, and regulatory investigations and enforcement. Headed by financial services authority Austin Bell, the team is supported by infrastructure and utilities expert Simon Haddy and disputes specialist Tom Jarvis in Melbourne.

    Practice head(s):

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Utilities Trust of Australia

    Lighthouse Infrastructure

    ASIC

    amicaa Funds Management Pty Limited

    PIMCO

    The Advisers Association (previously known as AMP Financial Planning Association Limited)

    Galactic Litigation Partners, LLC

    Burford Capital

    Syndex Limited

    Worrells

    Work highlights

    • Prepared advice and AFS licence application for Galactic Litigation Finance so it will be an AFS licensee authorised to operate litigation funding schemes in Australia.
    • Provides ongoing advice to the Utilities of Australia Pty Ltd as trustee of Utilities Trust of Australia and its board, in relation to matters such as AFSL obligations, NTA requirements, regulatory framework and fiduciary/trustee duties.
    • Aided Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) in proceedings stemming from an investigation involving a high profile tech start-up company that offers a software solution for delivery logistics worldwide, similar in nature to “Uber”.  

    Australia > IT and telecoms Tier 4

    Alongside the core IT and telecoms offering, the team at Johnson Winter Slattery benefits from the firm’s strong relationship with law firms in the US and Europe, which means it is able to provide advice to telecoms and technology companies seeking to enter the Australian market. In addition, the team advises major clients such as Microsoft and Origin Energy on Australia-based telecoms and technology mandates. Christine Ecob and Ravi de Fonseka jointly lead the team; Ecob has expertise in technology contracting and advisory work, whilst de Fonseka advises on a wide variety of telecoms and IP-related matters for local and cross-border clients. Both lawyers are based in Sydney.

    Practice head(s):

    Testimonials

    ‘The JWS IT team provides excellent advice on all types of IT contracts, up to and including major enterprise IT solutions. They act for key players in the market and have deep knowledge from both client and supplier perspectives. They willingly provide alternative fee arrangements and integrate well with our IT systems and processes.’

    ‘I find the practice to be highly responsive to all requests which is important when turnaround times are usually tight. The team has a good and deep level of experience and has often negotiated with the suppliers before, so this expedites the establishment of positions, which ultimately speeds up the negotiation and execution process.’

    ‘Ravi de Fonseka really understands our business. He provides excellent advice on transactions of all types, including major enterprise IT projects, and proactively works with us to improve our systems and processes. I have a great deal of trust in him.’

    ‘The team, especially the partner Ravi de Fonseka are commercially pragmatic, which is really important to me. While the legal review is always thorough and correct, the JWS team know and advise which points to give on. This is important as it expedites negotiations.’

    Key clients

    Qatar Airways

    Microsoft

    Origin Energy

    JMI Equity

    Accel-KKR

    Potentia Capital

    Plenti

    South Australian Government

    Brookfield

    Okta Inc.

    Australian Gas Infrastructure Group

    ResMed

    Australian Energy Market Commission

    Alinta Energy

    Spotify

    A2 Milk

    TPG Telecom

    Work highlights

    • Advising Microsoft on a digital transformation project for the National Australia Bank, re-negotiating the whole of government ProcureIT construct, and a government bespoke agreement construct for volume licensing and IT dervices procurement between Microsoft and the Queensland Government.
    • Advised Origin Energy in connection with a major project for the design, implementation, integration and ongoing outsourced operation of a new, whole of business, Enterprise Resource Planning system.
    • Acting for The a2 Milk Company Limited in connection with a major project for the design, implementation, integration and ongoing outsourced operation of a new, whole of business, Enterprise Resource Planning system.

    Australia > White-collar crime Tier 4

    The corporate crime group at Johnson Winter Slattery advises major domestic and international corporations and individuals involved in multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations and criminal prosecutions. Led by anti-bribery and corruption expert Robert Wyld, the team’s clients include the OECD and the International Bar Association with additional names across the aviation, construction, energy and defence sectors. The group regularly handles trade sanctions issues, money laundering and bribery work, tax fraud mandates, due diligence, modern slavery matters, internal investigations and risk assessments.

    Practice head(s):

    Testimonials

    ‘Johnson Winter & Slattery has the premier anti-corruption practice in Australia.’

    ‘Rob Wyld is Australia’s leading expert on anti-corruption issues. He is passionate and thoughtful. His advice is pragmatic and understandable. He is also very personable and clients and co-counsel enjoy working with him.’

    ‘One of the, if not the leading firm in New South Wales with brilliant and charming lawyers. It remains an immense pleasure to work with and know many of their Partners, each of whom are leaders in their fields.’

    Key clients

    Former director of Sinclair Knight Merz

    IBA and OECD

    International Bar Association

    Work highlights

    • Acting for a former SKM Director in a high-profile foreign bribery prosecution, which is proceeding to a contested criminal trial.
    • Acted as the IBA co-lead on the Presidential Task Force with the OECD on the Role of Lawyers in International Commercial Structures.
    • Undertaking ongoing pro-bono work for the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA), assisting to embed the Anti-Corruption Guidelines for the Afghanistan legal profession, to assist in encouraging transparency and integrity in the legal system and monitoring progress.

    Australia > Construction Tier 5

    With its headquarters in Perth, Johnson Winter Slattery focuses predominantly on upstream oil and gas, electricity and mining projects; however, it is also well-respected for its role in public sector-led transport and infrastructure projects. Will Coulthard, based in Perth, specialises in energy and natural resources mandates, in which he tends to advise clients on contract drafting and negotiation, tenders and litigation arising during developments. In Adelaide, Paul Turner is a standout partner, known for handling structured property transactions and project outsourcing arrangements. In Sydney, Avendra Singh , who joined the practice from Squire Patton Boggs in June 2020, undertakes a diverse range of contentious and non-contentious instructions, spanning every major sector.

    Practice head(s):

    Will Coulthard

    Other key lawyers:

    Paul Turner; Avendra Singh

    Key clients

    Santos (as operators of Barossa Project)

    WSP Australia Pty Ltd.

    Base Resources

    GB Energy Holdings Limited

    Arafura Resources Limited

    Enerven Energy Infrastructure Pty Ltd.

    GFG Alliance/Liberty Primary Steel

    Civil & Allied Technical Construction Pty Ltd.

    ProTom International

    Abacus/Demian

    Flinders Ports

    MACH Mt Pleasant Operations Pty Ltd.

    A2 Milk

    BMD Group

    Work highlights

    • Acting for ConocoPhillips on the design and construction contracts for the Barossa Project, including the long term lease tender for floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO).
    • Acting for WSP in defending the Thiess John Holland (TJH) cross-claim, alleging that any defects arose from defective design, and also involves defending aspects of the Transurban claim against TJH due to the pass through nature of the cross-claim.
    • Advising Base Resources in relation to the project structuring for the construction and procurement contracting on the Toliara project.

    Australia > Real estate Tier 5

    Headquartered in Sydney, Johnson Winter Slattery advises a wide range of clients, including real estate holding companies, investors and developers, in relation to the full spectrum of commercial and corporate matters, with a particular focus on agribusiness and forestry developments. Peter Trevaskis  (Sydney) co-leads the practice alongside Carrie Follas  (Sydney), who is known for her expertise in investment, supply and management matters in the agribusiness sector. David Colenso (Brisbane) has particular strength in property investments and joint ventures.

    Practice head(s):

    Peter Trevaskis; Carrie Follas

    Testimonials

    ‘They are practical in solutions and getting work done.’

    ‘Carrie Follas is practical and knows the agribusiness industry well.’

    Key clients

    Wee Hur Group

    Veritas Capital

    Clearstate Group

    Microsoft

    Elanor Investors Group

    Neilson Group

    DeLuca Corporation

    Brisbane Hebrew Congregation

    Pipeclay Lawson Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Advised Wee Hur Group on its acquisition of a $46.1m site in Sydney’s Redfern, following its recent acquisition in Moore Street, Canberra.
    • Advised Elanor Investors Group on the acquisition of 4 assets for the recently established managed fund, Elanor Healthcare Real Estate Fund.
    • Advising Microsoft on the acquisition and development of data centre sites in Australia under a range of delivery models including freehold, fund through, ground lease, joint venture and co-location arrangements.

    Australia > Data protection

    About us: We are an Australian corporate law firm like no other.

    We take care of the law so you can focus on turning your vision into your reality. We will be by your side, guiding you through the challenges and helping you take hold of opportunities.

    Major international and Australian leading businesses, investment funds and government agencies already rely on us for their most important transactions and disputes, so you’re in good company.

    Our lawyers are recognised across all areas of corporate law. We are known for our commerciality, providing practical legal advice that is always focused on outcomes. But most importantly, we pride ourselves on being, quite simply, better to work with.

    A different approach: We were started by three lawyers with a vision. They wanted a firm where lawyers could focus on the law – not their billing – and people look out for each other. Our senior lawyers spend more time on the tools, giving you better commercial outcomes, faster, and with more value.

    Better to work with: Our people are down to earth, approachable and always there when you need them. We work with you as one seamless team. We will get to know your business so well that you may forget that you need an outside line to call us.

    DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
    Managing Partner Jeremy Davis
    Marketing & Business Development Director Maureen Grosemaureen.grose@jws.com.au+61 2 8247 9697
    Practice Group Head - Competition/IP/IT Sar Katdaresar.katdare@jws.com.au+61 2 8274 9554
    Practice Group Head - Corporate/Finance Paul Vincipaul.vinci@jws.com.au+61 8 6216 7219
    Practice Group Head - Dispute Resolution/Employment Robert Johnstonrobert.johnston@jws.com.au+61 2 8274 9581
    Practice Group Head - Energy & Resources Bruce Adkinsbruce.adkins@jws.com.au+61 7 3002 2584
    Practice Group Head - Property, Construction, Planning & Environment Samantha Dalysamantha.daly@jws.com.au+61 2 8274 9524
    Practice Group Head - Restructuring Joseph Scarcellajoseph.scarcella@jws.com.au+61 2 8247 9639
    Practice Group Head - Tax Stewart Grievestewart.grieve@jws.com.au+61 3 8611 1353
    Partners : 71
    Practitioners : 186
    Support : 131
    Afrikaans
    Arabic
    Creole
    Croatian
    Dutch
    French
    German
    Greek
    Gujarati
    Hindi
    Indonesian
    Italian
    Japanese
    Khmer
    Korean
    Chinese (Mandarin)
    Chinese (including Cantonese and Shanghainese dialects)
    Spanish
    Swedish
    Thai
    ABA (American Bar Association)
    AMPLA Limited – the Resources and Energy Law Association
    Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
    Banking and Financial Services Law Association (BFSLA)
    British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)
    Financial Services Institute of Australasia
    INSOL International
    Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
    International Bar Association
    New York State Bar Association
    Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)
    Turnaround Management Association

    CLIENT: Daniel Grollo, CEO at Grocon Group
    COMPANY/FIRM: Johnson Winter & Slattery
    TESTIMONIAL: “I have been working with Joseph Scarcella for more than two years now. The issues that I and my business have confronted are extremely challenging and the most complexed in my 35 years of corporate life, truely unprecedented times. Joseph’s ability to get across the complexity, advise and assist in the situation has been invaluable. He is a trusted personal advisor.”


    CLIENT: Andrew McConville, Chief Executive at The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA)
    COMPANY/FIRM: Johnson Winter & Slattery
    TESTIMONIAL: The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) is the peak industry body for the oil and gas industry in Australia.  Our members contribute more than 95% of all oil and gas produced.

    APPEA has for the last 15 months engaged JWS to provide advice, counsel, tactical and technical support to assist APPEA with the development of a Voluntary Code of Conduct for the Negotiation and Development of Gas Supply Agreements between Gas Suppliers and Gas Customers in Australia. This has been an enormous task with significant commercial and political scrutiny and risk.  There has also been very strong interest shown in the Code by the competition regulator, the ACCC. Similar codes have taken up to three years to develop. The partnership between APPEA and JWS has seen this Code delivered in just 12 months, which is an outstanding achievement.

    The relationship and trust between APPEA, its members and JWS has been crucial in delivering the Code. For more than 12 months JWS has been an integral team member and never has it been considered to operate as “the lawyer and the client”. It has simply been, the team. The project has involved more than 40 taskforce meetings, more than 30 meetings with an APPEA Board Sub Committee, some 25 updates to the ACCC, 4 full redrafts of the Code and 10 workshops with the gas customers, along with countless side meetings, correspondence and briefings.

    JWS has played a crucial role in challenging the thinking of the gas suppliers, presenting alternatives, posing solutions and ultimately had carriage of drafting the Code in its various iterations. JWS has also been a staunch ally and partner of APPEA in its negotiations with gas customers ensuring that certain threshold issues were not at risk, while delivering genuine progress in other areas to address commercial and political imperatives. At all times the JWS team has had the complete trust of APPEA and its stakeholders.

    APPEA would quite simply not have been able to deliver what has been asked of it by the Federal Government without the incredible support of JWS.


    CLIENT: Dominic O’Brien, General Manager at New Hope Group
    COMPANY/FIRM: Johnson Winter & Slattery
    TESTIMONIAL: JWS has strong depth of experience and capability across the firm. Whatever the matter, the JWS lawyers bring an approach which is always knowledgeable, pragmatic and commercial and they work very efficiently and cohesively as a team.


    CLIENT: Said Jahani, National Managing Partner – Financial Advisory at Grant Thornton
    COMPANY/FIRM: Johnson Winter & Slattery
    TESTIMONIAL: I have used JWS for a number of years and in particular Joseph Scarcella.  I am immensely impressed with his commercial acumen, responsiveness (day or night) and outcome focused approach to solving any legal problem or challenge, no matter the complexity. I would not hesitate in recommending JWS to my own clients and in fact have done so on a number of occasions and received similar positive feedback from my clients to my own experience.  This consistency of service delivery and feeling that you are treated as their most important client combined with the strength of the personal relationship built over many years is want keeps me coming back time after time.


    CLIENT: Ben Thompson, CEO / Founder at Employment Hero
    COMPANY/FIRM: Johnson Winter & Slattery
    TESTIMONIAL: Johnson Winter & Slattery have been an exceptional partner to Employment Hero during a time of exponential growth and activity across the business, including multiple capital raisings and M&A activities. Marko Komadina, Scott Cummins, David Li and Christine Ecob have always been responsive, focused and commercial. I have no hesitation in recommending JWS and their team to other high growth tech businesses that need the support of true professionals.

    Best Law & Related Services Firm: Beaton’s 2021 Client Choice Awards.

    Johnson Winter & Slattery has won Best Law & Related Services Firm ($50-$200m revenue) in Beaton's 2021 Client Choice Awards.

    JWS grows its native title offering with new partner

    William Oxby joined Johnson Winter & Slattery as a new partner in its Brisbane office on 27 April 2021. William’s appointment will bolster the firm’s expertise in environment and planning, with a special focus on native title to meet growing demands in this area.

    Michele Laidlaw returns to partnership

    Competition and Antitrust lawyer Michele Laidlaw returned to Johnson Winter & Slattery as a Partner in Sydney on 6 September 2021. 

    JWS grows white collar crime practice

    Leading independent law firm Johnson Winter & Slattery has enhanced its white-collar crime offering with Kirsten Scott joining as a Special Counsel in the firm’s Perth office in November 2021.