Firm Profile > Johnson Winter & Slattery > Sydney, Australia

Johnson Winter & Slattery
LEVEL 25
20 BOND STREET
SYDNEY NSW 2000
Australia

Competition and trade Tier 2

Johnson Winter & Slattery is highly regarded for its wide-ranging work such as high-profile ACCC investigations and prosecutions, high-value mergers and acquisitions, as well as strategic advice including market access and authorizations. Clients point to the department’s strength in diverse industries such as fast-moving consumer goods, healthcare and pharmaceuticals. Aldo Nicotra is praised for providing advice which is ‘always thoughtful, commercial and delivered in a way that adds value to the client’s business’. Nicotra jointly heads the practice with Sar Katdare, who is ‘quick, down to earth and practical’. Wolfgang Hellmann and Tom Jarvis are key contacts in Melbourne and Michele Laidlaw departed to accept an in-house position.

Testimonials

Johnson Winter & Slattery’s competition lawyers are agile and offer great depth of knowledge

The firm’s competition team regularly delivers valuable, commercial and insightful advice, often under genuine time pressure. There are complementary skill sets across the various partners, who work seamlessly with each other

Aldo Nicotra is the best lawyer I have worked with when it comes to managing significant “bet the business” competition litigation

Key clients

Unilever Group

Prysmian Group

The Walt Disney Company (Australia) Pty

The a2 Milk Company

Mercedes-Benz Australia

PepsiCo

Blackmores

Ramsay Health Care

3M Australia Pty

Qantas/ Jetstar Airways Pty

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Johnson Winter & Slattery’s dispute resolution lawyers are recommended for ‘instilling confidence in the client’. The group handles commercial and corporate disputes, competition litigation and investigations, insolvency-related contentious work, and acts for both claimants and defendants in high-profile class actions. Due to the firm’s prominence in employment, taxation, and energy and natural resources, the department is also well versed in assisting clients with issues arising in these areas. The group also acts on cross-border mandates; it is advising the Independent State of Papua New Guinea. Paul Reidy focuses on large-scale commercial and corporate litigation, with a particular emphasis on class actions. Reidy jointly heads up the group with Melbourne-based Paul Buitendag, who has extensive experience in insolvency matters. Joseph Scarcella heads the national finance and restructuring practice and is highly recommended for litigation in the field. Michele Laidlaw accepted an in-house position, while Richard Lilly departed to Allens in May 2019.

Testimonials

The team is well set up to advise their clients with great skill and efficiency

What makes Johnson Winter & Slattery unique is the way in which it allocates work between partners and other staff, taking into account what is required and what the client needs. It is very effective

In addition to his strong legal intellect, Joseph Scarcella excels in case strategy, efficiency and management.  It is always reassuring for in-house counsel when Joseph has been engaged, especially in difficult and complex matters

Sam Johnson is technically sound and hardworking. He does the heavy lifting and does it extremely well.  A more than competent safe pair of hands that will see the dispute through to a conclusion

Key clients

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Lighthouse Corporation Pty/ Lighthouse Corporation

Babscay Pty

PwC

LifeSmart Trading Pty

Ramsay Health Care Australia Pty

Australia Pacific LNG Pty

Angas Securities

VISA Global Logistics

WSP Australia Pty

The Independent State of Papua New Guinea

Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association

Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 2

Jee-Seon Lee, who heads the Johnson Winter & Slattery energy and natural resources practice from Perth, is considered a 'valuable ally' by clients thanks to her negotiating skills and industry power supply experience. In Melbourne, Peter Rose is well known for the scale of his commercial transactions, regulations, and competition expertise and for advising State and Commonwealth Governments on mining and petroleum legislation. Michael Dulaney is noted for his handling of LNG, oil and gas and electricity projects, while John Keeves and Amanda Seaton in Adelaide are noted for their expertise in the gas and electricity markets.

Testimonials

There is significant partner involvement including on workstreams that would usually be performed by associates at other firms.’

Jee-Seon Lee has significant industry power supply experience. Her industry knowledge, coupled with experience negotiating power purchase agreements for many different end-users, made her the perfect ally. Whilst a contract is a contract, knowing and understanding what risks usually fall to the supplier and what is usually taken on by the purchaser was extremely valuable.’

The team is very knowledgeable, easy to work with and pragmatic.  They provide good levels of challenge and scrutiny that help our business develop and refine ideas outside the traditional pure legal. The partners and senior team members (Roxanne Smith, Rohan Madders, Chris Beames)are well regarded by our business and our business peers and work widely across our sector. This is very valuable to us as we are provided with up-to-date insights into developments in energy sector regulations that are central to our business.’

The JWS team integrate and work as a part of the client’s team so all think they are one team. This together with the depth and breadth of experience is valuable. From our experience, the JWS lawyers are always conscious of the clients’ requirements and perspective – whereas some (not all) other firms do not integrate and take the clients perspective to the same extent.’

Key clients

Origin Energy

Total E & P

Australia Pacific LNG

Murphy Oil

Newmont Australia

Australian Gas Networks

Beach Energy

Cooper Energy

Northern Minerals

Base Resources

Veolia Water Australia

Infrastructure Capital Group

Bluewaters Power Station II Pty Ltd

Sandfire Resources

South32 Limited

Gas Market Reform Group

Senex Energy

OZ Minerals

Ausdrill

ATCO Australia

State of South Australia

Media and entertainment Tier 2

At Johnson Winter & Slattery, ‘partners are personally involved and deliver a high quality’ service. The practice assists its clients with editorial integrity, reputation, competitive advantage and business strategy concerns, acting on matters such as defamation, contempt, copyright, trade practices and litigation. Representation was provided to Bauer Media in the highly publicised claim brought against it by Rebel Wilson with the High Court refusing special leave on the matter. Clients include a range of high-profile television broadcasters, magazine publishers, newspapers, IT companies, multimedia providers and film companies. Sydney-based department head Kevin Lynch is ‘a very sharp operator’ who provides defamation and prepublication advice to leading names such as Microsoft, Seven Network and Verizon Media.

Testimonials

‘Johnson Winter & Slattery’s Media and entertainment team are approachable, practical and add value to the matters in which they act. Their education and seminars are proactive in keeping clients up to date on developing areas of practice.’

‘Kevin Lynch is a valued adviser, bringing exceptional experience, grounded assessment of claims and commercially-based advice across a range of specialised areas. Kevin understands the issues and outcomes that are important to his client, keeps matters within a contained envelope and has achieved a track record of considerable success.’

‘Kevin Lynch is very experienced, practical, commercial in approach and cost effective. He is a great communicator with editorial staff. Kevin advises on complex issues relating to search engine liability in respect of defamation law’

‘A trusted pair of hands. Partners are personally involved, and deliver a high quality product with small and very capable teams.’

‘Kevin Lynch is a delight to work with, and a very sharp operator.’

Key clients

Seven Network (Operations) Ltd

Bauer Media Group

Verizon Inc

Verizon Media Australia Pty Limited formerly Yahoo!7 Pty Limited)

Microsoft Australia Pty Limited

Microsoft Corporation

Australian National University (defamation)

Karting (New South Wales) Limited (defamation defendant)

Endemol Shine Australia Pty Ltd

Tax Tier 2

Clients praise Johnson Winter & Slattery for its ‘banking and international tax capabilities’ along with its ‘active partner involvement’. The caseload spans direct and indirect, international, income, capital gains and payroll tax in addition to stamp duty and disputes. Sydney-based Richard Gelski is a renowned industry leader in corporate structuring, cross-border investments, property trust structures and mergers and acquisitions. In Melbourne Reynah Tang heads the department which counts multinational corporates, investment funds and high-net-worth individuals among its client roster.

Testimonials

‘JWS’ comparatively low staff to partner ratio provides us with the benefit of the active involvement of partners in all their assignments’.

‘JWS’ key strengths include their banking and international tax capabilities’.

 

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Ab InBev / SABMiller / Carlton United Breweries

McDonald’s Australia Limited

South Australian Government (Crown Solicitor’s Office)

Unilever Australasia

Sentient Group Limited

Coulson Aircrane Limited

Total SA

Blackmores Limited

Cooper Energy Limited

Battery Ventures

Quanta Services

Institutional Venture Management XVI (IVP) and OpenView

Banking and finance Tier 3

Johnson Winter & Slattery’s decision to not accept appointments from the big four Australian banks allows for a substantial borrower, financial sponsor and non-bank lender client base; the team’s roster includes Australian Gas Networks, Abacus Property Group and GFG Alliance. Joseph Scarcella leads the finance and restructuring practice, which fields Jim Hunwick, who handles a range of debt financing arrangements; David Beckett, who regularly acts for private equity houses on leveraged finance transactions; and Craig Wappett, who specialises in securities law and regulatory issues. Matthew Allchurch retired.

Testimonials

Very pragmatic and commercial practitioners. Trusted & respected advisors who always provide advice that is valuable & commercial.

JWS combined a strong banking team with knowledge of the underlying resource sector.’

David Beckett is very knowledgeable and commercial advisor.

David Beckett is thoughtful, constructive and super responsive. David was ably supported by David Li, who is a strong senior associate.

Key clients

Australian Gas Networks Limited

Abacus Property Group

Royal Wolf

Archer Capital

GFG Alliance

Brookfield

BMD Group

Flinders Ports

Beach Energy Limited

Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

With offices across Australia and a partner-centric approach, Johnson Winter & Slattery provides domestic and overseas clients with the full range of M&A, corporate and restructuring services. The practice is headed by Jeremy Davis; Damian Reichel has extensive experience of  large-scale transactions including those involving sovereign wealth funds; James Rozsa undertakes M&A and private equity matters. The notable Perth-based Paul Vinci and Justin Harris have acted on a number of key deals in the resources sector.

Testimonials

Justin Harris and Paul Vinci are both excellent lawyers . Very responsive and give great attention to detail.’

Key clients

Unilever

Microsoft Corporation

Ausdrill

Total S.A

Gazal

Blackmores

USS

Brookfield

China Resources

Archer Capital

Dispute resolution: class actions Tier 3

Johnson Winter & Slattery receives praise from clients for its ‘high-quality seamless services’ in acting on both the defence and prosecution side of class action claims. The class actions practice forms part of the firm’s highly regarded dispute resolution department, and is headed up by Melbourne-based Paul Buitendag and Sydney-based Paul Reidy. Robert Johnston is singled out for ‘his exceptional reputation’ for handling litigation in the insurance and reinsurance space. Christine Small joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in July 2019. Richard Lilly departed to Allens' office in Perth.

Testimonials

All team members are highly competent

Robert Johnston is well known by insurers and peers alike, which enables sensible discussions  and facilitates achieving early solutions to issues

Key clients

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Nakali Pty

Lifeplan Australia Friendly Society

3M

Babscay Pty

PricewaterhouseCoopers

LifeSmart Trading Pty

Australia Pacific LNG Pty

Visa Global Logistics

Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association

Labour and employment Tier 3

Johnson Winter & Slattery regularly acts in proceedings involving post-employment restraints, industrial disputes, breaches of confidentiality obligations, and claims of adverse action, unfair dismissal, discrimination, harassment and bullying. On the non-contentious front, Ruveni Kelleher's team manages major change projects, legal and tactical responses to industrial action - both protected and unprotected, enterprise agreements, and employer compliance with consultative and dispute procedure obligations. Experienced litigator Jan Dransfield is known for his work on discrimination law, remuneration and benefits, work health and safety and superannuation.

Testimonials

‘Not all lawyers display excellence in their work with boards. Some communicate relatively poorly, waste valuable board time or patronise experienced non-executive directors. Throughout the many months that Aldo Nicotra presented to the board his verbal and written communications were extremely considered, practical and valued by the board. He was an examplar of what boards seek.’

‘Ruveni Kelleher is very responsive and strategic in her advice.’

Key clients

Qantas Airways Limited

Seven West Media Limited/Seven Network (Operations) Ltd

Yahoo! Inc/Yahoo!7

Unilever

A2 Milk

Brookfield Infrastructure

Origin Energy

Archer Capital

Boehringer Ingelheim Pty Ltd

APN Outdoor

Technology One

South 32

Jemena

Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 3

Jee-Seon Lee in Perth heads the natural resources practice at Johnson Winter & Slattery - a firm that has a substantial number of specialists in mining in addition to oil and gas and other energy sectors. It also provides expertise in the related areas including environment and climate change and port and other land access issues. Its clients include mineral explores and producers including ASX listed and multi-national corporations. Martin Kudnig, Rick Malone and James Marshall are some of the specialists who deal with the key corporate and finance transactions.

Testimonials

They have a clear and strong orientation to understanding the client’s needs and objectives and working to this.’

Key clients

Origin Energy

Total E & P

Australia Pacific LNG

Murphy Oil

Newmont Australia

Australian Gas Networks (AGIG)

Beach Energy

Cooper Energy

Northern Minerals

Base Resources

Veolia Water Australia

Infrastructure Capital Group

Bluewaters Power Station II Pty Ltd

Sandfire Resources

South32 Limited

Gas Market Reform Group

Senex Energy

OZ Minerals

Ausdrill

ATCO Australia

State of South Australia

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Joseph Scarcella leads the standalone practice at Johnson Winter & Slattery, which is a key name in the market for debtor clients; it also acts for key insolvency practitioners including Ferrier Hodgson, McGrathNicol and Grant Thornton, and counts several ASX listed companies on its roster. The team is also singled out for its sector-specific approach, which focuses on the energy and natural resources industries; and its expertise in debt finance and dispute resolution work. Former practice head David Proudman is highly regarded for his insolvency work, and Melbourne-based Paul Buitendag focuses on contentious mandates.

Testimonials

The team is well set up to advise their clients with great skill and efficiency.

In addition to a strong legal intellect, Joseph Scarcella excels in case strategy, efficiency and management. It is always reassuring for in-house counsel when Joseph has been engaged, especially in difficult and complex matters.

David Proudman is a tough unflinching lawyer, who gives good advice, but his key attribute is his ability to think through issues/disputes to identify the desired end goal(s) and develop strategies to achieve the same.

Key clients

PwC (formerly PPB Advisory)

LifeSmart Trading Pty Limited

Black Oak Minerals Limited (In Liquidation)

Brookfield

Angas Securities Limited

PKF Melbourne

Ferrier Hodgson

McGrath Nicol

Grant Thornton

Deloitte

EY

KordaMentha

Macquarie Bank Limited

RSM Bird Cameron Partners

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Johnson Winter & Slattery is highlighted for providing partner-heavy attention to work combined with 'full-service capabilities with a more personal feel'. Christine Ecob has a wealth of experience in technology contracting and acting for both major IT suppliers and customers that include systems integrators and software suppliers, including SaaS suppliers. Ravi de Fonseka counts Microsoft among his clients and his expertise includes network sharing joint ventures, network acquisitions, roaming services contracts and IT integrations, outsourcings and procurements. 'Smart and pragmatic' senior associate Ken Chan is also recommended.

Testimonials

Impressive depth of knowledge, excellent practical advice for entities doing business in Australia.’

Ravi de Fonseka provides excellent actionable advice and he makes it a point to develop a solid understanding of our business and technology so that he can offer the most accurate and practical advice.’

Kevin Lynch provides smart advice to ensure we balance our defamation risks. He understands our technology and the principles that drive our business, to ensure that his advice is practical.’

They have full-service capabilities with a more personal feel. I Like the partner heavy gearing which means that for complex matters you have the level of experience that you need. In some other larger firms you don’t get a sense of the connections between the areas but JWS is very good at joining the dots. Also, whilst largely charging by the traditional hourly rate, they are flexible at coming up with cost-effective and flexible solutions.’

Special mention goes to Chris Ecob who is great for the quick can I pick your brain questions.’

Ken Chan is a really smart, pragmatic and personable senior associate – the perfect outside “in-house” counsel.’

Key clients

Hudson Global Resources

Microsoft

Origin Energy

JMI Equity

Accel-KKR

Potentia Capital

Dalian Wanda Group

South Australian Government

Brookfield

Okta Inc

Multinet Gas

ResMed

Australian Energy Market Commission

Alinta Energy

Spotify

a2 Milk

Capital markets

Johnson Winter & Slattery’s ECM practice acts for a broad range of domestic and international clients with notable expertise in the energy and resources, infrastructure, life sciences, education, financial services and technology sectors; key examples include Bionomics, Northern Minerals and Ausdrill. James Rozsa heads up the group and specialises in cross-border work including cross-border listings on the ASX. Other noteworthy practitioners include Perth-based partners Paul Vinci, who is active in the mining services and resources sectors, and Justin Harris, who is qualified in Australia and the UK.

Testimonials

Justin Harris and Paul Vinci work on a tag team basis.

Justin Harris and Paul Vinci both have excellent legal skills and give attention to detail. They are very responsive.

Key clients

AirXpanders, Inc

Ausdrill Limited

Bionomics Limited

BSA Limited

ImpediMed Limited

International Venture Management

Matrix Capital Partners

Northern Minerals

OpenView Advisors

Osprey Medical Inc

Senrigan Capital Group Ltd

Visioneering Technologies, Inc

Johnson Winter & Slattery is an independent national Australian law firm with over 60 partners and offices across Australia. We advise major Australian and international corporations and investment funds on their most challenging transactions and disputes within Australia and surrounding regions.

An appropriate blend of legal know-how and commercial acumen lies at the heart of effective and valuable legal counsel. Through working closely with clients, getting to know their business, and appreciating their commercial parameters and objectives, Johnson Winter & Slattery ensures its approach is tailored to deliver cost-effective commercial outcomes. A partnership ethos of service, technical excellence and collaboration ensures the most relevant specialist expertise and experience is brought to bear on every assignment.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Peter Slattery
Dispute Resolution Pravin Aathreya pravin.aathreya@jws.com.au +61 3 8611 1344
Taxation Kathryn Bertram kathryn.bertram@jws.com.au +61 3 8611 1351
Corporate Sophia Bobeff sophia.bobeff@jws.com.au +61 3 8611 1337
Dispute Resolution Paul Buitendag paul.buitendag@jws.com.au +61 3 8611 1305
Dispute Resolution Chris Connor chris.connor@jws.com.au +61 3 8611 1309
Taxation Stewart Grieve stewart.grieve@jws.com.au +61 3 8611 1353
Corporate Simon Haddy simon.haddy@jws.com.au +61 3 8611 1340
Competition Wolfgang Hellmann wolfgang.hellmann@jws.com.au +61 3 8611 1332
Competition Tom Jarvis tom.jarvis@jws.com.au +61 3 8611 1336
Competition Dean Kambovski dean.kambovski@jws.com.au +61 3 8611 1360
Energy Resources & Infrastructure Martin Kudnig martin.kudnig@jws.com.au +61 3 8611 1361
Energy Resources & Infrastructure Rohan Madders rohan.madders@jws.com.au +61 3 8611 1313
Employment Evan Mentiplay evan.mentiplay@jws.com.au +61 3 8611 1320
Employment Luci Mumme luci.mumme@jws.com.au +61 3 8611 1349
Energy Resources & Infrastructure Peter Rose peter.rose@jws.com.au +61 3 8611 1345
Employment Louise Russell louise.russell@jws.com.au +61 3 8611 1338
Taxation Julian Wan julian.wan@jws.com.au +61 3 8611 1363
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