Firm Profile > Piper Alderman > Sydney, Australia

Piper Alderman
Level 23
Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place

Dispute resolution Tier 3

The team at Piper Alderman acts for clients from a range of industries, including life sciences, construction, and mining. The 'approachable and accessibleAnne Freeman and Ian Nathaniel jointly lead the practice, delivering advice across a wide range of commercial disputes as well as representing clients in litigation. It works particularly closely with third-party litigation funds such as LCM Finance, offering 'excellent strategic/tactical insights'. 'Exceptionally talented litigator' Gordon Grieve is acting for Giabal Pty in an A$90m claim against Gunns to recover investments made in a woodlot in Tasmania. Florian Ammer is an 'excellent' and 'standout lawyer' and Louise Gehrig joined the team in March 2020.

Practice head(s):

Anne Freeman; Ian Nathaniel

Other key lawyers:


The dispute resolution team provides timely, practical advice tailored to the needs of the business.’

Unique – focused on client outcomes, strategic thinking combined with commercial experience. Augmented to the extent the managing partner and chairman are involved and across the details – impressive.’

Very experienced litigation practitioners in all classes of litigation. Excellent strategic/tactical insights across all east coast jurisdictions. Better collegiate approach than other firms I have used.’

I have worked with many different large firms and have found Piper Alderman the best by far. The firm is professional and clearly holds a high standard for the calibre of solicitor they bring on. All interactions I have had with Piper Alderman staff have been of high quality.’

Key clients

Advangen International Pty Ltd

AFS Systems Pty Ltd

Ark Energy Ltd

Arneg Oceania Pty Ltd

Birbilis Bros Pty Ltd

Blueberry Markets Pty Ltd

BOC Limited

Centralian Controls Pty Ltd

Clarke Energy (Australia) Pty Ltd

Country Fire Authority

CSR Building Products Limited

Distinctive Floor Coverings

Estate of Leonie Judith Kramer

First Stirling Finance Pty Ltd

Flamestop Australia Pty Limited

Freelancer Limited

Galilee Energy Limited

Giabal Pty Ltd

Hastings Deering (Australia) Limited

Havilah Resources Ltd

Healthscope Limited

Hudson Resources Limited

IMF Bentham

Impeach Pty Ltd T/A Foodland Supermarket

Kellam Buslines Pty Ltd

Kerr, David

Kytec Group

Lakes Oil N.L.

Larkfield Estate

LCM Litigation Fund Pty Ltd

My DBA Pty Ltd

Penfold Property Group

PGH Bricks & Pavers Pty Limited

PLT Trading Pty Ltd

Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Red River Resources Limited

Rodgers Reidy Chartered Accountants

SB Holdings Australia Pty Ltd

Scott, Janice Maree and Scott, Steven Pe

Solar Edge Technologies

Southern Cross Care (SA & NT) Inc.

USG Boral Building Products Pty Ltd

Viridian Glass Limited

Voiteck Pty Ltd

Wendouree Property Investment Pty Ltd

YMCA Australia

Ziziphus Pty Ltd

Zoetis Australia

Intellectual property Tier 3

Split between the firm’s three offices across Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, Piper Alderman’s IP team attracts commendation from clients for its ‘seamless integration and high-quality legal analysis’. The department’s client roster is varied and includes public and private companies, government departments, public-sector research organisations, not-for-profit organisations, and individuals. The group is handling an increasing number of mandates in the fintech sector, as well as in other innovation-reliant industries. Led by practice co-head Tim O’Callaghan, the Adelaide-based team focuses on the food and beverage industry and ‘thrives from the strong leadership and knowledge of O’Callaghan’. In Melbourne, ‘very experienced’ department co-head Tim Clark has developed a niche in IT and telecoms, life sciences and biotechnology, and the IP aspects of social media. Sarah Johnson in the Sydney office is developing the firm's cross-practice, not-for-profit sector group.

Practice head(s):

Tim Clark; Tim O’Callaghan

Other key lawyers:


Piper Alderman’s team thinks outside the box and comes up with creative solutions

The team has access to a range of experts at multiple levels, which is extremely beneficial, as it allows a quick turnaround, regardless of whether the issue is of a more general or specific nature

The quality of work from the team is very consistent among its members.  The team is very responsive, acts timely, and provides practical advice

The knowledge and various skill sets of individuals on the team are very impressive, which creates a sense of trust in the work that they handle for clients

Tim O’Callaghan is an excellent strategist who thinks several moves ahead, and provides clear and direct advice rather than sitting on the fence

The team thrives from the strong leadership and knowledge of Tim O’Callaghan.  His ability to evaluate problems and to see the bigger picture is a standout quality

Key clients

Arneg Oceania Pty

Australian Digital Health Agency

Best Practice Software

Blackmagic Design Pty



Melbourne Health

Redarc Electronics Pty

Construction Tier 4

Noted for its ‘extensive knowledge of all areas of construction law’, Piper Alderman advises a range of stakeholders and is particularly geared towards the representation of contractors. Martin Lovell heads this and the projects teams and includes project finance among his expertise. Melbourne-based  Geoff Emmett has a ‘mind capable of working from many angles’ and is typically instructed for construction management, PPP and guaranteed maximum price contracts. Projects span the road, rail, water, energy, building, heath and manufacturing sectors, among others. Margot King is a new partner level arrival from Walker Corporation.

Practice head(s):

Martin Lovell

Other key lawyers:

Geoff Emmett; Ted Williams


‘The team includes lawyers who have worked within industry and therefore have a unique insight into the issues facing their clients.’

‘The Piper Alderman team are unique through their genuine care for their clients and desire to provide the best possible advice whilst building relationships which extend beyond the daily professional interactions.’

‘Piper Alderman are outcome driven not task driven.’

‘Geoff Emmett has mind a capable of working from many angles. He depth of understanding of the law, for all its strengths and weakness is impressive.’

‘Fees charges are fair and reasonable.’

‘Great commercial knowledge, fast response’.


Key clients

Alfa Laval Australia Pty Limited

Anitua Limited

Aurumstone Pty Ltd

Australian Naval Infrastructure

BOC Limited

Boral Limited

Brisbane Airport Corporation Limited

Broadspectrum (Australia) Pty Limited

Charter Hall Group

Colas Australia Group Pty Ltd

Construction Engineering (Aust.) Pty Ltd

Coopers Brewery Limited

CV Services Group Pty Ltd

DB Group Global Pty Ltd

Deague Group Holdings Pty Ltd

Dufry (formerly The Nuance Group Pty Ltd)

ElectraNet Pty Ltd

Harris HMC Construction Pty Ltd

Icon Group

Lucas Total Contract Solutions

Mainteck Services Pty Ltd

Master Builders Association of NSW

Melbourne Steel Erectors Pty Ltd

Nilsen (Qld/SA/WA) Pty. Ltd.

Penfold Property Group

Rocke Brothers Pty Ltd

Shamrock Civil Engineering Pty Ltd

Skyworks NSW Pty Ltd

Vaughan Constructions Pty Ltd

Watpac Construction Pty Limited

WPG Resources Ltd

Labour and employment Tier 4

Labour and employment law is a core part of Piper Alderman’s national offering led from Melbourne by Tim Lange whose experience includes the drafting and negotiation of enterprise agreements and awards, resolving industrial disputes, terminations and unfair dismissals, employment contracts and policies, issues around employee records and privacy, anti-discrimination and work health and safety. David Ey is the main name to note in the Adelaide office and Sydney-based Tim Capelin is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Tim Lange

Other key lawyers:


‘The team at Piper Alderman always makes itself available and is able to share knowledge in a way that can be understood by a group of people with varying experience in the employment and industrial relations space.’

‘They know their trade and keep up to date with legislative changes at Piper Alderman. They are honest and responsive. I trust their advice and I appreciate their candid conversations.’

‘Chris Hartigan and Michelle Cox take the time to understand our company. This results in practical advice that is easy to apply and easy to pass on to management.’

‘Piper Alderman has the legal expertise and professionalism that you’d expect but that is combined with a pragmatic approach based on a real understanding of how businesses work. They aren’t just lawyers, they are trusted advisers.’

‘Erin McCarthy and Andrew Stewart provide commercially astute, complex legal analysis and are easily capable of ‘operationalising’ their counsel.’

‘Tim Capelin is approachable, highly professional and provides exceptional client service. He is timely in his responses to both phone calls and written advice. He and his team deliver on pieces of work once briefed without multiple follow-ups unless necessary.’

‘David Ey and Erin McCarthy are an absolute pleasure to deal with. They provide reliable and consistent advice and make themselves available whenever we call. They are genuinely committed to the success of our business.’

‘Andrew Stewart has an extraordinary grasp of industrial relations law.’

‘Erin McCarthy is a fantastic lawyer based in Adelaide with an exceptional knowledge base as an employer lawyer, but has the capacity to be very practical and explain things to executives who are time poor and want answers.’

‘Tim Lange is available, customer-focused, positive and supportive.’

Key clients

Alfred Health (Public health service incorporating The Alfred Hospital)

ATF Services Pty Ltd

BOC Limited

Bridgestone Australia Ltd

Broadspectrum (Australia) Pty Limited

Bureau Veritas Minerals Pty Ltd

Capital Transport Services (Vic)

Catholic Church Insurance Ltd

Coopers Brewery Limited

Country Fire Authority

Delaware North Australia Parks and Resorts

DHL Express (Australia) Ltd

Dufry (formerly The Nuance Group P/L)

Football Victoria (Victorian football governing body)

LS Precast Pty Ltd

Medlab Pty Ltd

Melbourne Arts Centre (Victorian Arts Centre Trust)

Melbourne Health (Public health service incorporating Royal Melbourne Hospital)

Melbourne Polytechnic

Norco Co-operative Limited

NSW Sugar Milling Co-Operative Ltd

Prince Alfred College

Relationships Australia Inc

SA Power Networks

Sodexo Australia Pty Ltd

South Australian Commission for Catholic Education

Technicolor Pty Limited

Regulatory compliance and investigations Tier 4

The team at Piper Alderman is hailed for its ‘extensive practical experience’ and ‘excellent attention to detail’. Its workload encompasses regulatory compliance, corporate investigations, anti-bribery and corruption, whistle-blower investigations, workplace safety, corporate governance and white-collar crime. Tom Griffith ‘provides sound advice and guides expertly’, he heads the practice alongside James Dickson from Adelaide with other key names based in Sydney. Andrea Beatty is noted for advising on all aspects of financial services regulation.

Practice head(s):

Tom Griffith; James Dickson

Other key lawyers:


‘The Piper Alderman team has extensive practical experience in the Financial Services and the Payments Industry generally.’

‘Andrea Beatty and her colleagues have extensive industry experience having worked with numerous financial services and payment system participants over many years. This experience provides them with significant insight into the practical considerations that apply when assisting their clients.’

‘Very competent, professional, adhere to time frames and provide great leadership in managing large volumes of work, working in partnership with in-house legal. Excellent attention to detail and accuracy in cost estimates and invoicing’. 

‘Tom Griffith provides sound advice, was always available, very easy to work with, and guided us expertly to achieve our deadlines.’

Key clients

Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency

Australian Settlements Limited

MarbleBlue Finance

The National Council of the Young Men’s Christian

Associations of Australia (YMCA)

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Under the leadership of Michael Lhuede in Melbourne, Piper Alderman’s team focuses on SME market transactions with expertise in the retail, food services and construction sectors. The practice counts insolvency practitioners, specialist insolvency firms and banks as clients; examples include ANZ, Deloitte and Grant Thornton. Other key practitioners in the firm’s national network include Melbourne-based Joanne Hardwick, Mike Hayes in Adelaide, who handles personal and corporate insolvency and turnaround work; and Sydney-based Thomas Russell, who is an expert in Personal Property Security Act litigation and securities enforcement. Sydney-based litigator Angelina Kozary made partner in 2019 and partner Cheryl Weston  joined the team in July 2019.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lhuede


I find the team’s strength and key capabilities are their care (and concern for the client), availability, approachability, knowledge and professionalism.

This firm is large enough to deal with all matters but personal enough to deal with each individual circumstance/job individually. Always receive a personal call regarding updates on matters.

The team at Pipers are very responsive where matters require urgency of action. They treat your matter as if it is the only one they are working on and obviously have a “strong bench” of junior lawyers supporting the partners in the delivery of timely commercial advice. There is rarely a matter that they are unable to deal with.

Mike Hayes always has an opinion and is happy to share without having to research everything in depth. He thinks on his feet and adapts his style to the required situation.

Michael Lhuede is bright and astute on all matters and offers practical advice each time. I never have to question Michael’s judgement on how to approach a matter.

Joanne Hardwick and Michael Lhuede provide confident advice with reasonable fees and the ability to work on a spec basis.

Stand out partners are Michael Lhuede, Thomas Russell and Angelina Kazary. All very good technically, responsive and able to deal with complex insolvency issues.

Key clients

Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Limited

Australian Wool Innovation Limited

Autism Plus Pty Ltd and Wiltis Pty Ltd

Beacon Lighting Group Limited

BRI Ferrier (SA)

Brooke Bird & Co

Centralian Controls Pty Ltd

Chifley Advisory Pty Ltd


Cor Cordis

Courtney Jones & Associate

Crouch Amirbeaggi

CRS Insolvency Services Australia Pty Ltd


DV Recovery Management

Dye & Co Pty Ltd

Establishment 5 Developments Pty Ltd

FSA Group Limited

Grant Thornton

Hall Chadwick

Jones Partners

Lindway Pty Lt

Lucas Total Contract Solutions


Moshav Custodian Pty Ltd

Neave Management Pty Ltd

O’Brien Palmer

Pitcher Partners


Pure Australian Milk Ltd

Quality Education Providers Pty Ltd

Rapsey Griffiths Pty Ltd

RB Flinders

Rising Rocket Pty Ltd

Rodgers Reidy Chartered Accountants

Ryals Hotel Pty Ltd

Sushi Train (Australia) Pty Ltd

Thermolec Pty Ltd

Vannella Pty Ltd

Worrells Solvency & Forensic Accountants

Vince  Associates

Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 5

With noted strength in South Australia and Queensland, Piper Alderman is highlighted for its deep expertise in the oil and gas industries. Gordon Grieve in Sydney and Ashley Watson in Adelaide head the practice which includes Martin Lovell who is referred to as a 'magic circle quality' lawyer. The team handles a range of work for clients such as ElectraNet and Petrel Energy. It also handles electricity and renewables work advising on corporate, finance and disputes; Kathryn Walker has a focus on electricity and renewables matters in addition to related environmental issues. Josh Steele in Brisbane is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Grieve; Ashley Watson


Martin Lovell is magic circle quality.’

All offices have experienced practitioners in oil and gas, and other energy related sectors, including related regulatory, insurance, M&A, and capital markets dealings.’

Wide experience in the sector through Grieve (Sydney), and Steele (Brisbane). All practitioners are widely known in, and have a deep knowledge of,  the oil and gas sector.’

Key clients

Akuo Energy

AWE Limited

Bengal Energy

BOC Limited

Byron Energy Limited

Clarke Energy

Daly’s Constructions


Epic Energy

Galilee Energy

Gas2Grid Limited

Lakes Oil N.L.

Leigh Creek Energy

Lucas Total Contract Solutions

Next Business Energy Pty Ltd

SA Power Networks

Solar Edge Technologies

Strike Energy

Warrego Energy (formerly Petrel Energy(

Wave Rider Energy

Real estate Tier 5

Brisbane-based Warren Denny heads the practice at Piper Alderman following his arrival from K&L Gates. He joins a team praised for its ‘great depth of knowledge’ and brings expertise in leasing, acquisition and sales as well as developments and dispute resolution. Both public and private sector clients instruct the practice for assistance on infrastructure and other developments as well as matters relating to the sale, management and ownership of industrial, residential, retail and commercial assets. Margot King is another new arrival; she joined the Sydney office from an in-house role and bolsters the practice with her expert knowledge of urban renewal and infrastructure projects. Lawyers based in the firm’s Adelaide office also make up the department.

Practice head(s):

Warren Denny

Other key lawyers:

Margot King; Adam Rinaldi; Mark Askin;


‘Comprehensive legal support across our business and private investments. Professional and with great depth of knowledge and experience’.

‘Mark Askin is recommended. He and his team are always available and provide prompt professional support and guidance. He is pro-active in keeping up to date with his knowledge of the real estate markets, which is reflected in his passionate embrace of new commercial and high rise developments within Queensland and Internationally.’

‘They are incredibly diligent in their approach to everything from purchase and lease negotiations through to forecasting potential hurdles and assessing risk.’

Personalized service and practical and honest advice’.

‘This team has a vast knowledge and skill set, and referred work is promptly and professionally dealt with.’

‘In the leasing area, the solicitors are very competent and are able to clearly articulate legal  points and their broader impact to the client, which assists greatly with the negotiation of the legal documents.’

‘Approachable, responsive, knowledgeable and efficient, creating a cost effective, accurate service. Good solution finders.’

Key clients

269 Main North Road Pty Ltd

Alceon Group Pty Limited

Antunes Group

APGL (Palm Beach) Ltd

Arkadia Property Group

Bayspring Pty Ltd

Beacon Property Company Pty Ltd

The Beattie Family

Bensons Property Group

Bridgestone Australia Ltd

Charter Hall Group

Colonial Leisure Group

Condo & Son Pty Ltd

CS Development Group

Di Fava Group

Duxton Vineyards Pty Ltd

FBR Management Services Pty Ltd

Harvest Property

Impeach Pty Ltd T/A Foodland Supermarket

J7 Nominees Pty Ltd

Karnew Properties Pty Ltd (Arkadia Property Group)

Kyren Group

Land Real Pty Ltd

Locale at Nundah Pty Ltd

Lonsyd Properties Pty Limited

Majestic Logistics Pty Ltd

MPG Funds Management Ltd

O’Herns Road Development Pty Ltd

Paheni Pty Ltd

Penfold Property Group

Placer Property Limited

Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd

Precision Group

R V Jordan Pty Ltd

Ray White Commercial (Queensland)

Regis Aged Care Pty Ltd

Rotunda Developments Pty Ltd

Watkins Steel

Starfish Developments Holding Pty Ltd

Telstra Corporation Limited

United Petroleum Pty Ltd

V H Property Holdings Pty Ltd

VIMG  Australia Group

Wagner Corporation

Walker Corporation Pty Limited

Wee Hur (Australia) Pte Ltd

Corporate and M&A Tier 6

Piper Alderman's clients are made up of public and private companies in sectors including energy, resources, technology, health and agribusiness. Its expertise extends to all areas of M&A, private equity and capital raisings. James Dickson in Adelaide has a significant corporate transactional experience together with corporate governance, ASIC requirements and ASX Listing Rules. James Macdonald in Melbourne also has broad, international experience. Mark Williamson handles corporate, securities and funds matters with a track record in Australian and cross-border securities transactions.

Practice head(s):

James Dickson; James Macdonald

Other key lawyers:


What made it unique to us was the level of caring support and understanding that this was a new area for us and they guided us through the process with very gentle handling of all areas and kept the wheels moving and also let us be a partner in the process with them. They settled a lot of jittery nerves.’

‘Andrew was a very steadying person, calm and collected at all stages. We felt very safe in his hands.’

Hugh Scales is excellent. He’s fastidious on detail but also highly commercial. Plus he has a lot of experience with PE deals and PE fund structuring.’

Piper Alderman is a nice middle-sized practice. It is small enough that we feel valued but large and diverse enough to handle most issues that we come across.

We have a very personalised service from James Macdonald.  He has taken the time to understand our business. He can predict likely legal areas for us to address before they become issues. He is very pragmatic and logical – and doesn’t propose legal projects for their own sake. We appreciate that he takes a balanced view of the cost benefit of different approaches to delivering advice.’

Key clients

Accolade Wines Australia Limited

Almondco Australia Limited

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited

Blackmagic Design Pty Ltd

BOC Limited

Broadspectrum (Australia) Pty Ltd

Calix Limited

Cobalt27 Capital Corp

Coopers Brewery Limited

Core Lithium Ltd

ElectraNet Pty Ltd

Havilah Resources Ltd

Huntley Management Limited

Jolimont Global Mining Systems Pty Ltd

Lucas Total Contract Solutions

McColl’s Group Holdings Pty Ltd

Pacific Current Group Limited

QSuper Limited

Redarc Electronics Pty Ltd

Red River Resources Limited

Relentless Resources

SA Power Networks

The Food Revolution Group Ltd

Warrego Energy Limited

Helping shape the future of business in Australia with practical, commercial and cutting-edge legal advice.

A premier commercial law firm, Piper Alderman has offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. We work with clients across Australia and internationally to achieve optimum legal and commercial solutions.

Our legal expertise has been built on nearly two centuries of industry experience. Piper Alderman has been a leading advisor to Australian commercial interests for more than 175 years and we continue to advance in knowledge, skills and commitment. We listen to our clients, respond to their needs and guide them through increasingly complex regulatory and business landscapes.

As a united, national partnership we are able to work in teams and collaborate in a manner that enables us to harness our skills and network effectively for our clients. We understand the importance of building enduring client relationships and are absolutely committed to advancing our clients’ interests and helping them achieve their business goals.

Piper Alderman has a proud history of being at the forefront of many emerging areas of law, from landmark rulings to new legislation. Our lawyers understand and contribute to Australia’s legal framework in ways that give our clients a special edge.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Tony Britten-Jones
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Florian Ammer  photo Mr Florian Ammer Partner
Mr Michael Bacina  photo Mr Michael Bacina Partner
Mr Tim Capelin  photo Mr Tim Capelin Partner
Mr Tim Coleman  photo Mr Tim Coleman Partner
Mr Daniel Fitzpatrick  photo Mr Daniel Fitzpatrick Special Counsel
Ms Anne Freeman  photo Ms Anne Freeman Partner
Mr Gordon Grieve  photo Mr Gordon Grieve Partner
Mr Alan Jessup  photo Mr Alan Jessup Partner
Ms Sarah Johnson  photo Ms Sarah Johnson Partner
Mr Sina Kassra  photo Mr Sina Kassra Partner
Ms Margot King  photo Ms Margot King Partner 
Ms Angelina Kozary  photo Ms Angelina Kozary Partner
Mr Christopher Lyons  photo Mr Christopher Lyons Partner
Mr Wally McDonald  photo Mr Wally McDonald Partner
Ms McKenzie Moore  photo Ms McKenzie Moore Partner
Mr Simon Morris  photo Mr Simon Morris Partner & Head of Sydney Office
Mr Robert Riddell  photo Mr Robert Riddell Partner
Mr Thomas Russell  photo Mr Thomas Russell Partner
Ms Cheryl Weston photo Ms Cheryl Weston Partner
Mr Mark Williamson  photo Mr Mark Williamson Partner
Partners : 75
Lawyers : 175
English (fluent)


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