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Johnson Winter Slattery

Australia > Dispute resolution: class actions Tier 2

Work for litigation funders is a core specialism for the class action team at Johnson Winter Slattery, which also acts for both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of class actions concerning matters from retail investment to privacy. Robert Johnston moved into the role of team lead and also acts as chair of the International Bar Association’s global Class Action Committee, while his predecessor Paul Reidy remains an active key contact for matters relating to investment and employment. Frances Dreyer is another recommended lawyer, and Andreas Piesiewicz has significant experience in defendant-side work. All named lawyers are based out of the firm’s Sydney office.

Practice head(s):

Robert Johnston

Other key lawyers:

Paul Buitendag; Paul Reidy; Frances Dreyer; Andreas Piesiewicz


‘They are incredibly hard working, strategic, commercial and good value. They should be considered top-tier for managing large, complex class actions to a successful conclusion.’

‘The JWS dispute resolution team’s primary benefit to its clients is the feeling of confidence that only derives from trust. You know that you are able to leave very important and difficult decisions to the team. Large complex claims always need a flexible approach to budgeting conducted in a disciplined manner, and JWS always provides value for money whether they are seeking to find savings to cover necessary outside budget work, maximising upside advantage from opportunity, or minimising downside risk.’

‘More dynamic than many of the bigger, factory practices but with the experience and talent of the best.’

‘JWS is very professional, efficient and knowledgeable. The partners and other solicitors are friendly and communicate well both with counsel and clients. They are open and frank with fees and payment. They are quick to respond to attend to requests for assistance. The impression I have of the partners is that they would go the extra mile for their clients. It is also always encouraging to see that the partners and senior lawyers treat the junior lawyers well – it tells a lot about the culture. As a national firm they use their resources well. As a firm they punch well above their weight and compete with the big firms.’

‘Both Robert Johnston and Frances Dreyer have a capacity to materially expand their practices whilst diving into file detail when necessary. The client always comes first in strategy, planning and implementation.’

‘Paul Reidy is excellent – personable, strategic, flexible on costs, good value, always can-do and leads by example.’ 

‘They are approachable, knowledgeable, professional and on top of that decent people. They are experienced and well-qualified to do what they do, and are open and upfront with clients and counsel, whether the news is good or bad.’

Key clients

Harbour Litigation Funding UK

Merivale Group

Omni Bridgeway

Balance Capital

ICP litigation funding


AIG insurance

CASL Litigation funding

Korda Mentha as Administrators of Quintis and Lloyds of London insurers


Work highlights

  • Acting for hospitality giant Merivale Group in one of Australia’s most high profile class actions regarding the alleged underpayment of approximately 10,000 employees over a six year period
  • Advising on a class action against household name insurer Allianz arising out of Allianz’s sale and distribution of valueless “add on” insurance products through car dealership authorised representatives
  • Acting for the representative complainant in the first ever Australian Privacy group action against Facebook over its data breaches involving Cambridge Analytica. Over 270,000 Facebook users are represented.

Australia > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Now led by seasoned Sydney-based litigator Robert Johnston, Johnson Winter Slattery‘s dispute resolution team acts on both sides of major disputes, with clients including regulatory bodies and class action plaintiffs alongside major corporates. Former team lead Paul Reidy remains at the firm, and is especially active in the class action space, where his expertise includes investor, shareholder, and employment claims. Frances Dreyer and Andreas Piesiewicz are two more key contacts for their expertise in both core litigation and class actions, while Tom Jarvis in the Melbourne office often acts as a trusted advisor to bodies such as the Australia Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Australia Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). A wave of promotions in July 2022 saw Antoinette Migliorino and Felicity Karageorge join the partner ranks; Migliorino, in particular, is especially well regarded for her work in major construction and infrastructure project disputes.

Practice head(s):

Robert Johnston

Other key lawyers:

Paul Reidy; Paul Buitendag; Tom Jarvis; Mark Easton; Frances Dreyer; Andreas Piesiewicz; George Croft; Antoinette Migliorino; Felicity Karageorge


‘Relentless pursuit of clients’ best interests. Aggressive but considered. Intelligent and creative.’

‘Attention to detail. True commercial understanding. Very creative. Extraordinary knowledge.’

‘Practical commercial advice, looking to achieve the best outcome for their clients in the most cost-effective way. Willingness not to “sit on the fence” and provide a definitive recommendation.’

‘Huge dedication to client outcomes and legal perseverence.’

‘Andreas Piesiewicz is an insightful, passionate and gritty litigator – superb at complex situations.’

Key clients

WSP Australia Pty Ltd

New Hope Corporation Ltd

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)


General Dynamics (Aus subsidiary Jet Aviation Aus)

Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC)

Mondiale VGL Logistics

Cresent Capital

BSO Network Inc and Aspara Networks

Healthcare Australia

Hawker Pacific


Work highlights

  • Acting for WSP Australia in defending a cross-claim relating to alleged defects in the Lane Cove traffic tunnel, including also defending the most significant aspects of the Transurban claim against Thiess John Holland.
  • Advised Aurora in its defense strategy, including defending all relevant claims and actively managing class action risk, in relation to the Greg Mortima cruise ship which was effected by COVID19 cases and became stranded off the off the coast of Uruguay.
  • Advising former directors of two former subsidiaries of New Hope Corporation Limited as defendants to New South Wales Supreme Court proceedings brought by the liquidators of Colton Coal Pty Ltd (in liquidation), Northern Energy Corporation Limited (in liquidation) and the major creditor in the liquidations.

Australia > Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 2

Praised for their 'no nonsense...good service', Johnson Winter Slattery's energy and resources team handles high-profile transactions and projects across the APAC region. In particular, the team regularly advises on onshore and offshore oil and gas project development work, as well as power station and gas pipeline developments. As national head of the energy and natural resources practice group, Bruce Adkins is regularly sought out for his expertise in energy M&A and project development, negotiating the sale and purchase of major mining, transport, energy, and industrial assets. Peter Rose advises on a wide range of commercial transactions, including joint ventures, commodity processing, sales, and asset acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Adkins

Other key lawyers:

Jee-Seon Lee; Peter Rose; Anthony Groom


‘The team has a great understanding of the regulatory environment that is relevant to our business. No nonsense and provide good service.’

Key clients

GB Energy Holdings Limited

Enerven Energy Infrastructure Pty Ltd

Greenspot, a joint venture between the owners of Borg and Bettergrow

Co-operative Bulk Handling Limited (CBH)

Australian Uitlities Pty Ltd as trustee of the Australian Utilities Trust (AUT)

Perenti Global Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Enerven on its series of multi-year asset management service contracts with South Australia’s electricity transmission network service provider, ElectraNet.
  • Acted for Greenspot, a joint venture between the owners of Borg and Bettergrow, in its decommissioning and repurposing of the Wallerawang coal-fired power station following Greenspot’s purchase of the site from EnergyAustralia in 2020.
  • Advised AUT, an exisiting shareholder in ElectraNet, on the exercise of their pre-emptive rights to acquire 100% of YTL’s interest in ElectraNet of 33.5% for $1.026 billion.

Australia > Media and entertainment Tier 2

The team at Johnson Winter Slattery count a number of  major domestic publishers, market-leading media conglomerates, and blue-chip tech companies among its stellar client base. Lauded as ‘a leader in the media and entertainment field’, Sydney-based practice head Kevin Lynch ‘provides excellent, commercially astute advice’ across the gamut of sector-specific work, particularly with regard to defamation law matters – including reform initiatives. Other key names to note include the Adelaide-based Eve Thomson, a highly experienced disputes practitioner, who was promoted to partner in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Lynch

Other key lawyers:


‘Highly commercial and practical approach. Very client-focussed.’

‘Kevin Lynch is a leader in the media and entertainment field. He provides excellent, commercially astute advice.’

‘Kevin Lynch is extremely approachable, knowledgeable and effective.’

‘Kevin Lynch has unparalleled technical knowledge, combined with a thoroughly practical and strategic approach.’

‘The team has excellent commercial awareness and understands the need for practical advice which aligns with the client’s business approach.’

‘Kevin Lynch has tremendous experience and acumen in his field and consistently provides a compelling level of service.’

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

Key clients

Google LLC

Google Australia Pty Ltd

YouTube, LLC Australia Pty Ltd

Seven Network (Operations) Ltd

Are Media Group

Verizon Inc and Oath Inc. (prior to sale of Yahoo on 1 September 2021)

Yahoo Australia Pty Limited

Microsoft Australia Pty Limited

Microsoft Corporation

Endemol Shine Australia Pty Ltd

Turn It Up Media Pty Ltd

Eveshore Pty Ltd

Chanel Contos (pro-bono)

Desert Pea Media Inc (pro-bono)

Moorambilla Voices (pro-bono)

Spotify AB

Work highlights

  • Acting for Google LLC 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 Yahoo in relation to an article published to the Yahoo News Australia website.
  • Defending Supreme Court of Victoria defamation proceedings brought by Ola Hassan Mohamed Ouda and others against the AFP and one of its then commanders, Todd Hunter.

Australia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Johnson Winter Slattery‘s national practice is especially noted for its niche expertise in areas such as debt finance and dispute resolution. Latterly, the group has developed a niche in building construction collapses, working with clients on a series of high-profile administrations. Sydney-based practice head Joseph Scarcella‘s recent engagements have seen him has advising market-leading administrators and working on high profile liquidations. In Brisbane, reputed commercial litigator Peter Smith is well regarded for his ‘very strong knowledge of the insolvency profession.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Scarcella

Other key lawyers:

Peter Smith; David Proudman; Paul Buitendag


‘The team operates collectively – you receive the advice needed from those individuals best placed to provide it.’

‘Technically gifted, with great communication skills. They respond quickly and comprehensively and anticipate the client’s needs accurately.’

‘Very commercial approach to issues, and they propose very practical solutions.’

‘Peter Smith is highly available, extremely commercial and has very strong knowledge of the insolvency profession, including recent developments.’

Key clients


New Hope Corporation


Cathro and Partners

Grocon Group


Cubic Group


Work highlights

  • Acting as defence counsel for three former directors of two former subsidiaries of New Hope Corporation Limited, Stephen Eames, Samuel Fisher and Andrew Boyd in liquidation proceedings.
  • Acted for Jamie Harris and Anthony Connelly, partners of McGrathNicol, who were administrators then liquidators of Battery Mineral Resources (BMR), in their successful defence of the application for an order appointing a special purpose liquidator to BMR.

Australia > Tax Tier 2

Drawing on a sizeable bench spanning multiple national offices, the tax team at Johnson Winter Slattery advises household-name multinationals involved in major infrastructure projects and high-stakes tax litigation. Led by Melbourne-base Stewart Grieve, an authority in tax audits and disputes, the group’s active client base spans the manufacturing, transport, food and beverages, mining and agri-business sectors. The team is supported in Sydney by M&A and infrastructure expert Matthew Shanahan, who arrived from Deloitte in February 2022; Annemarie Wilmore, a tax and revenue disputes specialist who arrived from KPMG Law in January 2022; and Prashanth Kainthaje, who brings experience in international tax (inbound and outbound) and private equity. Other key figures include Andy Milidoni, a specialist in the structuring of managed funds and financial products, and consultant Richard Gelski, who provides expertise in corporate structuring and cross-border investment. At senior associate level, Jess Tsai, who joined from Deloitte in February 2022, is particularly recommended. In Melbourne, Kathryn Bertram is recommended for her expertise in income tax, land tax, payroll tax, and stamp duty.

Practice head(s):

Stewart Grieve


‘Support to pro bono clients is first-class.’

‘Stewart Grieve has consistently provided unstinting highest quality support to our organisation for over a decade.’

‘A bespoke firm with higher partner engagement than the larger international firms.’

Prashanth Kainthaje is, in my view, one of Australia’s top international cross-border tax practitioners.’ 

Key clients

Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV

Godolphin Australia Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Provided Australian income tax advice and assistance to the Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited in respect of the AUD$5bn PPP component of the Inland Rail Project, including successfully obtaining a positive private binding ruling for the client.
  • Provided Australian tax advice and assistance to the ViaNova Consortium in respect of its bid for the AUD$16bn NEL PPP Project.
  • Provided tax advice to MTR Corporation in respect of its Australian operations for many years, including the Sydney Metro North West (SMNW) Project and the Sydney Metro City & South West (SMCSW) Project.

Australia > Banking and finance Tier 3

Johnson Winter Slattery features strong finance capabilities with a strong reputation for working with sponsors and borrowers, particularly within the US and European debt markets. Brisbane-based team leader David Beckett is frequently used by private equity houses to structure and negotiate leveraged finance transactions, in addition to his general corporate finance work. In Melbourne, Nicholas Grambas works on the financial aspects of major infrastructure projects, particularly within the energy and resources sectors. Craig Wappett is a specialist in securities law, as well as financial product regulation and insolvency.

Practice head(s):

David Beckett

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Grambas; Craig Wappett


‘Very focused on strong & deep client relationships. At the forefront of providing commercial legal advice’

‘David Beckett – pragmatic commercial lawyer with a strong technical background. Always spot on with his advice’

Key clients

Eagers Automotive Limited (ASX: APE)

CleanTech Asia Pty Ltd

Employment Hero

PageUp People

Work highlights

  • Advise Eagers with all aspects of its senior syndicated financing requirements, including its [CONFIDENTIAL] c. AUD500m refinancing of those facilities in 2021.
  • Advised Eagers with all legal aspects of the upsize of its real property acquisition facilities from Toyota Finance Australia (c. AUD200 million) and Volkwagen Financial Services Australia (c. AUD100 million) supporting changes to its property strategy and the acquisition of a number of new freehold sites to add to its property portfolio.
  • Advised Employment Hero on all aspects of its: Series E Extension equity funding round raising A$181 million in December 2021. The equity funding round was implemented in conjunction with a simultaneous A$63 million venture debt facility on which JWS also advised.

Australia > Capital markets Tier 3

Powered by the bench strength of offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra, the equity capital markets team at Johnson Winter Slattery advises underwriters and national and multinational corporates across the entertainment, biotech, retail, and medical device sectors. Led by Paul Vinci in Perth, the team assists clients with matters ranging from high-value IPOs and institutional placements to private share placements and security purchase plans. The group is supported in Adelaide by John Keeves, who brings over 30 years’ experience to equity market transactions, corporates M&A specialist James Rozsa, and multi-jurisdictional raising expert Clare Brown, the latter of whom is based in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Paul Vinci

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

EBR Systems, Inc.

Employment Hero Holdings Pty Limited

Bionomics Limited

Laybuy Group Holdings Limited

Seven West Media Investments Pty Ltd

Imricor Medical Systems, Inc.

Canaccord Genuity Australia Limited

Northern Minerals Limited

ImpediMed Limited

Visioneering Technologies, Inc.

E&P Corporate Advisory

StraxCorp Pty Ltd

Seven West Media Limited

Hexima Ltd.

Energy Exploration Capital Partners, LLC

Bergen Global Opportunity Fund, LP

Wilson Corporate Finance

Work highlights

  • Acted as Australian legal counsel to EBR Systems, Inc. on its IPO of CHESS Depositary Interests, and listing on the Australian Securities Exchange, raising A$110 million at A$1.08 per CDI.
  • Acted as Australian legal counsel to Bionomics Limited on its US IPO and NASDAQ listing, in conjunction with Latham & Watkins.
  • Acted as Australian legal counsel to Laybuy Group Holdings Limited on its institutional placement and share purchase plan, raising a total of A$40 million at A$0.50 per share.

Australia > Competition and trade Tier 3

Retained by a number of multinational corporates and large public and private bodies, Johnson Winter Slattery regularly acts in business-critical cartel cases, access to infrastructure cases, merger clearance issues, and a variety of other enforcement matters – both for and against the ACCC. Practice head Sar Katdare‘s wide focus encompasses major merger matters, criminal and civil cartels and ACCC investigations, both domestically and internationally.  Aldo Nicotra helms high-profile ACCC investigations and prosecutions, and also providing corporates with competition advice and acting on merger filings.  Michele Laidlaw, who re-joined the team Qantas in 2021, specialises in merger reviews, federal court litigation, and consumer protection law.

Practice head(s):

Sar Katdare

Other key lawyers:


‘They have great knowledge of the matter at hand and give balanced and measured advice. They are willing to consider alternative points of view in looking at a matter.’

‘Deep knowledge and experience in all aspects of competition law enabling fast, pragmatic and on point advice at all times. Much better than the textbook approach I have seen elsewhere.’

‘Sar Katdare made it his business to understand our operation and to stay on top of what we do. This has meant he has become a key and trusted adviser over the last 10 years. Sar is always available and his knowledge of competition law, how the law works in practice, and the expectations of the ACCC are top-notch. Ably supported by Alex Kench.’

‘The team takes a very commercial and pragmatic approach to advice, taking the time to understand the client’s unique business circumstances and apply the law in a bespoke way.’

‘Sar Katdare takes the time to understand the businesses he works with, and provides practical advice that is easy to operationalise. He communicates to internal business teams very effectively, condensing the complex into clear, actionable information. Sar also has a very down-to-earth approach, which is greatly appreciated.’

‘Sar Katdare and the team are excellent because they have a combination of deep expertise, sound industry knowledge and commercial acumen.’

‘Sar Katdare is uniquely talented at making competition law interesting for non-lawyers. Every training session that he runs, I receive positive feedback about him and his approach. When dealing with me as a General Counsel, his advice helps me to increase my knowledge about competition law so that I can answer some questions myself the next time the situations arise.’

‘The JWS team is always on top of legal developments and helps to educate in-house teams on how those developments could impact their business. A very forward-thinking firm. They are regularly looking at what the emerging trends are, and how they can build or strengthen their capabilities in those spaces to assist their clients in staying ahead of the curve.’

Key clients












Work highlights

  • Acting for Qantas Airways Limited in relation to the ACCC informal merger clearance process for its proposed acquisition of the remaining shares in Alliance Aviation Services (Alliance) that is does not already own.
  • Defended a two-year ACCC investigation into alleged competition law breaches by Unilever including exclusive arrangements and concerted practices, resulting in no prosecution or administrative action.
  • Advised FPH in relation to the re-certification of the South Australian Ports Access Regime, which regulates how privately-owned port operators such as FPH provide access to maritime services at proclaimed ports.

Australia > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

A recent change in leadership at Johnson Winter Slattery has seen Perth-based Paul Vinci taking the reins from Jeremy Davis, who continues to be a key presence in the Sydney office. The firm is sought after by leading multinationals – including the likes of Microsoft – and key domestic players – with Macquarie serving as just one key example – to assist with a varied range of M&A mandates. The group is also highly regarded for its private equity and venture capital capabilities; Sydney-based James Rosza has extensive experience of handling the most complex matters in this space.

Practice head(s):

Paul Vinci

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Davis; James Rozsa; Damian Reichel; Andrew Williams; Simon Haddy


‘Strong technical capability across the team. Very responsive and able to manage a variety of task across a broad value range.’

‘Paul Vinci is a strong partner with great client focus. Good availability and ready of offer practical and commercial outcomes.’

‘The team were responsive, technically good, practical and had a deep knowledge of market standards. The team also appropriately balanced involvement by partners, senior associates and juniors over the course of the transaction.’

‘Andrew Williams is an excellent lawyer who balances his technical knowledge with a practical take on risk management and with a strong focus on issues that matter.’

‘The team of juniors are fantastic lawyers who we have worked with a lot.’

‘The individuals are a great crossover of legal and commercial expertise.’

‘Responsive and commercial, accessible and user-friendly.’

‘James Rozsa is commercial and adept.’

Key clients


Microsoft Corporation

Tantalus Media

Insight Partners

GumGum Inc

Brainshark Inc USA


DAS Holdings, Inc

Dicker Data Limited

Management Consulting and Research, LLC

Gainwell Technologies, Cotiviti

Australian Utilities Pty Ltd as trustee of the Australian Utilities Trust (AUT)


Employment Hero Holdings Pty Limited

PLBY Group

Archer Capital

PM Capital Global Opportunities Fund Ltd


Macquarie Corporate Holdings Pty Ltd (MacCap)

Theta Gold Mines Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Veritas, as lead buyer, on the acquisition of 100% of the stock in Cubic for $70 per share, representing total consideration of $2.8bn.
  • Advised Microsoft on its acquisiton of Clipchamp.
  • Advised the owner of Australian video game developer Tantalus Media on the sale of an 85% interest in Tantalus to Keywords Studios for a total consideration of up to $46.8m.

Australia > Fintech and financial services regulatory Tier 3

Johnson Winter Slattery's offering runs the gamut of front-end and contentious regulatory mandates, with the team advising on issues ranging from AFS licensing applications and financial product disclosure obligation, to disputes and investigations arising from breaches. Recent highlights for the ‘thoughtful and consideredAustin Bell, who heads up the practice from the Sydney office, include co-chairing the FSC working group on the foreign financial service provider licensing reforms. The Melbourne office fields infrastructure and logistics expert Simon Haddy and disputes specialist Tom Jarvis.

Practice head(s):

Austin Bell

Other key lawyers:

Simon Haddy; Tom Jarvis


‘Clear and efficient advice. Focused on delivering what their clients need without wasting time.’

‘Austin Bell is an ideal legal partner. He is thoughtful and considered, but extremely efficient. He does what he says he will do, so a client can manage other timelines and commitments. He provides practical advice without overcomplicating issues.’


Key clients

Utilities Trust of Australia

Lighthouse Infrastructure


Macquarie Asset Management


TCM Macro Pty Ltd

Galactic Litigation Partners, LLC

Mingshi Investment Management (Australia) Limited


Redwheel (RWC Capital Limited)

Work highlights

  • Advising Galactic, a US-domiciled litigation financing firm, on the ever-changing financial services regulations which apply to litigation funders.
  • Advised Macquarie on the acquisition of the AMP global equities and securities business.
  • Advising Pimco on a range of financial services licensing obligations and duties it has as the responsible entity of registered funds in connection with its business activities in both Australia and overseas jurisdictions.

Australia > Infrastructure projects and construction Tier 3

Johnson Winter Slattery covers complex and high-profile transactions within the infrastructure and construction sectors. In particular, the team is experienced in advising on complex PPP projects, negotiation and documentation of major projects, large-scale litigations, and security of payment legislation matters. Will Coulthard, who leads the team, regularly advises principals and contractors on energy and resources projects. Avendra Singh is skilled in a wide range of multi-jurisdictional matters, including PPPs, urban renewal projects, and public utility-related matters. Paul Turner is another figure within the practice, specialising in energy regulation, property, and public sector advice.

Practice head(s):

Will Coulthard

Other key lawyers:


‘Advice is always on point and practical. Turn-around and response times always good and communication is clear when delays are expected.’

‘JWS delivers tier one performance despite being a small firm.  It is flexible in its approach and demonstrates a commerciality rather than legalistic approach to solving problems in our business.’

‘Will Coulthard is uniquely placed to assist with complex construction and infrastructure matters being dual qualified and having previously worked as a civil engineer.’

‘Attentive and responsive. Willing to dissect a problem and come up with alternative ways of addressing the issue.’

‘Avendra Singh is approachable and focuses on the major issues we face. He offers valuable advice with respect to both long and short term strategy in resolving issues to achieve the best outcome for our business at the least possible cost, be it financial, reputational or opportunity.’

Key clients

WSP Australia


a2 Milk

BMD Group


Grupo Typsa

Mondial VGL

Work highlights

  • Act for WSP in defending the TJH cross-claim which, in substance, involves also defending the most significant aspects of the Transurban claim against TJH due to the pass through nature of the cross-claim.
  • Representing Grupo Typsa in the negotiation of the design agreements for Sydney MetroWest- Westmead to the Bays Tunnels as well as Sydney MetroWest-ETP and South-West Metro Western Sydney Airport Station Design.
  • Acted for CATCON in its dispute with its main subcontractor, Sarens, which was engaged to supply cranage services for a 58 turbine wind farm at Silverton.

Australia > Labour and employment Tier 3

The labour and employment group at Johnson Winter Slattery utilises its significant national bench strength to advise household-name multinational corporates on class action suits, remuneration and benefits issues, restructuring strategies, and discrimination allegations, among others. The team is jointly headed up by Jan Dransfield, experienced in proceedings before state and federal courts, discrimination tribunals, and the Fair Work Commission; Ruveni Kelleher, an expert in executive, termination and restraint cases (both of whom are based in Sydney), and Melbourne-based industrial strategist Lucienne Mummé. Other key names to note in Melbourne include Louise Russell and special counsel Evan Mentiplay, while associates Norah Chafardet and Jade Tyrrell are additional recommended figures in the Sydney office. Sydney-based Naomi Cooper was promoted to senior associate in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jan Dransfield; Ruveni Kelleher; Lucienne Mumme


‘The JWS employment team is very focused on delivering risk-focused and innovative solutions to employment-related disputes.’

‘Ruveni Kelleher is a top-notch employment law partner. She is a formidable player in this space.’

‘Jan Dransfield is knowledgeable, thoughtful, and really easy to work with. Her years of experience and her broad industry knowledge enables her to provide a broad range of solutions to issues.’

‘Ruveni Kelleher and her team provide excellent employment and related advice on complex matters.’

‘Outstanding client support, understanding, and efficient solutions to legal and commercial issues.’

Key clients

Flinders Port Holdings Ltd

Groote Eylandt Mining Company Proprietary Limited

Illion Australia Pty Ltd

McGrath Ltd

Merivale Group


Qantas Group

Swissport Australia Pty Ltd

United Petroleum Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Merivale, a large hospitality group with over 80 bars, restaurants and nightclubs, in relation to a class action proceedings commenced in the Federal Court.
  • Advised Microsoft Corporation on the acquisition of an Australian technology business, Clipchamp Pty Ltd, a web app that allows in-browser video creation and editing and which had raised approximately $15m.
  • Successfully defending various proceedings against a subsidiary of the Qantas Group in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Australia > Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 3

Johnson Winter Slattery acts for mineral producers and explorers on a range of projects, including capital raising, acquisitions, farm-ins, joint ventures, and commodity sales. Beyond this, the team is heavily involved in a number of upstream oil and gas projects, as well as power station and gas pipeline developments. Bruce Adkins is the national practice head, known for his broad expertise in M&A and project development in the energy and natural gas sectors. Jee-Seon Lee has over 20 years of experience in mining construction and procurement, while Andrew Wilton is adept at handling procurement contracts, native title matters, and due diligence.

Practice head(s):

Bruce Adkins

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Fantastic work from a dedicated team that knows its stuff.’

‘Stuart Clague has been excellent, knowledgeable, and hardworking.’

Key clients

Base Resources – Toliara Sands Project (Madagascar).


Fitzroy Resources

Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association Limited (APPEA)

Smartset Services Inc

Minotaur Exploration Limited (ASX:MEP)

Bowen Coking Coal Limited (ASX:BCB)

Baralaba Coal Company

New Hope Corporation Limited (ASX: NHC)

FMR Investments Pty Ltd as trustee of the FMR Unit Trust (FMR).

Theta Gold Mines Ltd (ASX: TGM)

Perenti Global Ltd

Micromine Pty Ltd (Potentia Capital’s portfolio company) (Micromine)

Work highlights

  • Advice Base Resources in relation to the project structuring for the construction and procurement contracting on the Toliara project.
  • Continuing to assist GB Energy to progress the development of its landmark underground gas storage project in Gippsland, Victoria.
  • Advised Bowen Coking Coal Limited on its acquisitions of the Bluff coal mine, the Burton coal mine, and Lenton coal project.

Australia > Environment and planning Tier 4

Johnson Winter Slattery has a strong track record for advising on technical areas such as environmental crime, biodiversity, native title, and environmental compliance. The team also works on a number of valuable renewable energy projects, and ESG-related issues. Team leader Samatha Daly specialises in major projects and resources issues in the property, infrastructure, and energy industries. William Oxby joined the team this year, bringing with him a wealth of experience in contentious and non-contentious native title issues.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Daly

Other key lawyers:

William Oxby; Will Dwyer; Angus Hannam


‘Consistently provides timely, digestible and useful legal advice/feedback on issues. The turnaround times, reasonable cost and ability to obtain further feedback in a timely way is beyond par.’

‘Samantha Daly and Angus Hannam are incredibly responsive and forthcoming with relevant and useful legal advice/feedback where issues may arise. They are very in tune with our organisations expectations in terms of advice/feedback required, and are readily approachable if there are follow-up questions on any particular matter.’

‘Samantha Daly is excellent, responsive, efficient, and practical.’

Key clients




Tahmoor Mine (SIMEC Mining)


Independent Schools

CMOC Northparkes Mine

Pro bono – Indigenous client on referral from legal Aid NSW

Work highlights

  • Acting for Greenspot, a joint venture between the owners of Borg and Bettergrow, in the repurposing of the old Wallerawang coal-fired power station.
  • Advising Glencore in respect of planning and environmental approvals required for the Mount Owen Complex in the Hunter Valley.
  • Acted for Mangoola Coal Operations in proceedings in the Land and Environment Court against Muswellbrook Shire Council, in which Mangoola disputed the categorisation of two large parcels of land surrounding the Mangoola Mine by Council for rating purposes.

Australia > IT and telecoms Tier 4

Johnson Winter Slattery's growing team advises on the full gamut of IT and telecommunications matters, often advising UK, US, and European TMT companies looking to enter the Australian market. Sydney-based practice head Ravi De Fonseka is praised by clients for possessing a 'high level of technical expertise and understanding of IT processes.' De Fonseka is well supported by Helen Clarke, a Brisbane-based partner who joined the team from Corrs Chambers Westgarth in January 2022. The Sydney-based Daniel Thompson is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ravi De Fonseka

Other key lawyers:


‘Ravi de Foneska provided excellent service with a very high level of technical expertise and understanding of Information Technology processes and terms.’

‘The team takes the time to get to know their clients’ challenges and opportunities and shows genuine interest in their success. They communicate well with the legal team and business, and always provide timely, relevant advice that is practical and commercial.’

‘Daniel Thompson’s understanding of technology, and his ability to communicate effectively with developers is a great asset. He gets straight to the heart of any problem and provides pragmatic solutions.’

‘Ravi de Fonseka leads the team expertly. He provides timely, practical advice, and proactively follows up on results. Ravi is very generous with his time and experience, and makes his clients feel in very safe hands.’

Key clients


Perpetual Digital

Queensland Government




American Tower Corporation

Australia Tower Network


James Cook University


EcoTech Minerals





Origin Energy

The a2 Milk Company

Volvo Group

Lineage Logistics

Work highlights

  • Advised Microsoft in connection with the Australian growth of its Azure products and services.
  • Advising Origin Energy on its project to implement a small-scale technology certificate (STC) trading system which will enable Origin Energy to source and surrender STCs under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme.
  • Advising Volvo Group on the Australian aspects of its global telematics, data management and warehousing project for its Truck and Bus businesses.

Australia > White-collar crime Tier 4

Led by the ‘outstanding‘ Sydney-based Robert Wyld, the white-collar crime team at Johnson Winter Slattery regularly assists clients in advisory and litigious matters brought both in Australia and internationally. The practice was strengthened by the November 2021 hire of former prosecutor Kirsten Scott, who joined the Perth office as special counsel after ten years at Clifford Chance.

Practice head(s):

Robert Wyld

Other key lawyers:

Robert Johnston; Kirsten Scott


‘Absolute top of the tree – outstanding practitioners in this practice area with true leaders in Robert Wyld and Robert Johnston.’

Key clients

Paul Casamento, former director of Sinclair Knight Merz


Obela Fresh Dips and Spreads Pty Ltd

Gladys Berejiklian

Work highlights

  • Acted for a former SKM Director, Mr Casamento, in a foreign bribery prosecution, the first in Australia 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.
  • Assuming asset recovery work from Obela’s former lawyers, tracing real estate and other assets from the fraudulent misappropriation of funds by former company CFO, engaging lawyers in Spain and South Africa, and preparing a prosecution brief for New South Wales Police

Australia > Real estate Tier 5

A varied mix of REITs, real estate holding companies, sovereign wealth and pension funds, and other fund managers regularly turn to the group at Johnson Winter Slattery. The team is jointly chaired by the versatile real estate lawyer Peter Trevaskis alongside Carrie Follas, who often advises on acquisition and disposal work. All named lawyers are based in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Peter Trevaskis; Carrie Follas

Other key lawyers:

David Colenso; Regan Shires

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.

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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.

JWS advises Cuscal on strategic investment in open banking platform, Basiq

Leading independent law firm Johnson Winter Slattery has successfully advised Cuscal Limited (Cuscal) on its strategic investment in Basiq Pty Ltd (Basiq), a leading data and open banking API platform. As part of the transaction, Cuscal has entered into a binding agreement to acquire a material controlling interest in Braavos Corporation Pty Ltd, the parent company of Basiq.Cuscal is one of Australia’s largest independent providers of payments, banking and regulated data services. The acquisition represents a significant and strategic investment by Cuscal in the open data economy, bringing together two of the industry’s leading Consumer Data Right (CDR) and payment systems to accelerate the development of new services and customer experiences. Basiq will continue to operate as a stand-alone business within the Cuscal Group.A team of specialists across JWS’ M&A, regulatory, employment and intellectual property and technology practice areas worked collaboratively on the transaction including corporate partner, Marko Komadina and special counsel, Kate Gardner; regulatory partner, Jennifer Dean; employment partner, Jan Dransfield; and IP and technology partner, Ravi de Fonseka.JWS corporate partner, Marko Komadina, led the transaction and said “The open banking and CDR industry is a complex and rapidly evolving space and we are delighted to have assisted Cuscal on all aspects of getting this strategic acquisition over the line. It is particularly pleasing to have worked with Cuscal to strengthen its position as a leading provider of payments and regulated data services in Australia and we look forward to seeing what further developments the business can introduce with Basiq as part of the group.”The transaction is subject to customary conditions.About Cuscal Limited (Cuscal) For more than 50 years, Cuscal has championed competition in banking and payments in Australia. More recently, Cuscal has moved beyond banking and payments into the broader data economy. Drawing upon extensive experience managing payments data that is digital, regulated, must always be secure, and flows seamlessly between consumers and enterprise. As an accredited data recipient (ADRBNK2019) and the provider of compliant data holder solutions, Cuscal provides data holders and data recipients access to a suite of secure and robust capabilities for the collection, sharing, management and storage of data subject to CDR legislation.About Basiq Basiq’s vision is to make finance easy. Basiq sees a world where consumers are empowered to make smarter financial decisions and can engage with their finances in new and unique ways. Basiq enables this by providing an Open Finance API platform for businesses to build innovative financial solutions. The platform facilitates the relationship between fintechs and consumers by enabling access to consented financial data and executing smart data-driven payments.About Johnson Winter SlatteryJohnson Winter Slattery is an independent Australian law firm with over 80 partners and 6 offices across Australia. We advise major corporates, funds and governments on their most challenging transactions and disputes.Media contact: Camille Leist, Communications ManagerE:

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