Piper Alderman > Sydney, Australia > Firm Profile

Piper Alderman
Level 23
Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place

Australia > Data protection Tier 3

Tim Clark and Andrea Beatty lead the privacy and data protection team at Piper Alderman, from Melbourne and Sydney respectively. With expertise in areas including spam legislation as it applies to marketing activities and workplace surveillance, the team represents clients within Australia and internationally, supported by overseas associates. Notably, it has particular experience assisting clients setting up overseas businesses with understanding foreign data laws, including EU GDPR and the UK’s Data Protection Act. Beatty acts for a range of financial services clients and Clark has extensive intellectual property protection experience.

Practice head(s):

Tim Clark; Andrea Beatty

Other key lawyers:

Craig Subocz; Michael Bacina


‘Piper Alderman are responsive, able to shift work across team members based on specific skill sets and areas of expertise, and are willing to understand a company so that they can provide the most appropriate advice.’

‘Tim Clark and his team were very responsive, delivered on time, and also responded to specific feedback and scenarios in order to tailor the advice.’

‘Piper Alderman assisted us greatly with a privacy breach situation, providing timely and clear advice, and guiding us through the necessary response steps – providing a holistic solution.’

‘Collaborative and proactive matter management.’

‘Working with the practice is always easy and engaging. There’s a great team spirit and ‘can do’ attitude.’

Key clients


Epi-Minder Pty Ltd

Perx Health


Web3 Security Alliance / A16Z Crypto

Work highlights

  • Advised and assisted Web3 Security Alliance/A16Z Crypto on a number of complex legal issues, including financial services regulations, anti-money laundering and sanctions laws, cyber crime and data issues, and the legal status of decentralised autonomous organisations (DAOs).
  • Provided advice on the update of Epi-Minder’s privacy policy to reflect its current level of activities, and create a baseline on which the company could build as its activities increased in scale and spread.
  • Advised Caesarstone in relation to the Australian law requirements for its Terms of Use document and its Privacy Policy.

Australia > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

The ‘commercially minded’ Martin del Gallego leads the Piper Alderman dispute resolution and litigation team from Sydney, with a wealth of experience in disputes involving financial services, insurance, energy and resources, and construction clients. Gordon Grieve in Sydney, is sought after for his ‘exceptional technical and tactical skills’, while Meriel Steadman is a key contact for the Perth office. In Sydney, the ‘highly experiencedKate Sambrook was promoted to partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Martin del Gallego

Other key lawyers:

Gordon Grieve; Greg Whyte; Meriel Steadman; McKenzie Moore; Lillian Rizio; Anne Freeman; Kate Sambrook; Caterina Meduri


‘Great technical understanding, coupled with high integrity.’

‘Piper Alderman’s litigation team is highly competent, trustworthy and responsive.

‘Kate Sambrook is a highly experienced, efficient and driven practitioner, who is an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Martin del Gallego is commercially minded, an excellent communicator and very approachable.’

‘Both Martin del Gallego and Kate Sambrook are strategic and able to change tack quite quickly, which is invaluable in fast paced litigation.’

‘Gordon Grieve has exceptional technical and tactical skills, as well as range and depth of litigation experience not available in other firms I have dealt with. Greg Whyte is also an outstanding litigator with great commercial awareness. More recent partners McKenzie Moore and Caterina Meduri are already outstanding practitioners with a maturity of approach beyond their years of practice.’

‘McKenzie Moore is client focused, has good legal judgment, and is not a pushover.’

‘Anne Freeman is a great partner, all over the complexities of the case and the detail while keeping perspective and strategy in mind at all times. A very safe pair of hands.’

Key clients

Maxi EFX Global

Bogasi Pty Ltd

JRI Orthopaedics

Damican Pty Ltd

Millinium Capital Managers

Ferratum Australia Pty Ltd

Phoenix Eagle Company Pty Ltd

Equatorial Launch Australia Pty Ltd

Stillwater Pastoral Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for six Marshall Island entities against Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance in relation to trade credit insurance claims involving 37 trade credit transactions.
  • Acting for the minority shareholders in an oppressive conduct claim against a leading Queensland thermal coal producer, and its majority shareholders.
  • Acting for Maxi EFX Global in proceedings brought by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission for the purposes of investigating alleged breaches of the Corporations Act and Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act in the conduct of Forex and CFD trading.

Australia > Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 3

The 'robust and well-rounded' team at Piper Alderman demonstrates deep expertise in electricity and gas transmission and distribution infrastructure, connections, and generation project related matters. The practice is increasingly active on financing and development mandates concerning wind and solar farms, and hydrogen projects. Martin Lovell is a well known for his transactional and regulatory expertise, and his specialism in grid scale generation, battery projects, wind and solar farms and district energy schemes. Kathryn Walker and head of resources, Josh Steele are the key names to note within the team.

Practice head(s):

Martin Lovell; Josh Steele

Other key lawyers:


Piper Alderman distinguishes itself from other law firms through its deep knowledge base and approachability. The team is not only well-versed in all aspects of law, but they foster a relationship of trust and open communication. The team is robust and well-rounded, capable of addressing a wide array of legal issues.’

‘This firm has expert partners for various aspects of the oil and gas upstream sector.’

‘I have dealt with Piper Alderman in relation to energy industry matters for over thirty years. Their depth of experience in these matters is exceptionally broad and deep, and evidences a clear understanding of the commercial drivers of this sector.’

‘Josh Steele takes a very personable approach to his clients and has an excellent knowledge of the energy industry.’

Key clients

Akuo Energy

Adelaide Airport Limited

Alinta Energy

Beach Energy

Bengal Energy

BOC Limited

Byron Energy Limited

Clarke Energy (Australia) Pty Ltd

Corporate Carbon Group Pty Ltd

Conexa Infrastructure Partners

Daiwa Energy & Infrastructure

Eco Energy World



Epic Energy

Galilee Energy

Gas2Grid Limited

GPT Group

Iberdrola Energy

Lakes Blue Energy NL


Shine Hub

Solar Edge Technologies

State Government of South Australia

Work highlights

  • Acting for the South Australian Government in relation to its planned $13bn hydrogen hub at Port Bonython.
  • Advised ElectraNet on the $2.28bn SA-NSW electricity interconnector project known as Project EnergyConnect.
  • Acting for the Office of Hydrogen Power South Australia in relation to the Hydrogen Jobs Plan (including 250 MWe of electrolysers, 200 MW of power generation, and associated hydrogen storage).

Australia > Fintech and financial services regulatory Tier 3

With Shannon Adams holding the reins in Adelaide, Piper Alderman leverages its ‘key relationships within the fintech and crypto industry’ to assist clients from the space with mandates such as capital raisings, security token issuances and Australian market entries. The team is also well placed to advise traditional financial institutions and fintech companies on an array of financial services regulatory, licensing and compliance work including anti-money laundering/counter-terrorism financing issues, regulatory investigations and disputes. In Sydney, digital law expert Michael Bacina leads the blockchain group; the former software developer combines technical know-how with regulatory and legal expertise. Financial services regulatory expert Andrea Beatty is equipped to handle front-end and back-end work related to ASIC investigations. Leading the Melbourne team is Steven Pettigrove whose practice extends to digital asset regulation.

Practice head(s):

Shannon Adams


‘The team has key relationships within the fintech and crypto industry that has streamlined the entire process.’

‘Michael Bacina was instrumental in driving our business forward. He had key relationships with everyone involved.’

‘Exceptional industry knowledge in blockchain/cryptocurrency; very practical and business-oriented solutions.’

‘Steven Pettigrove and Michael Bacina have good industry knowledge and give practical and business-oriented solutions.’

‘They are a truly excellent fintech team. Steven Pettigrove is a true expert in his field.’ 

‘Blockchain and decentralised technology is extremely complicated, and not just from a legal or regulatory perspective. There are only a handful of people in Australia who understand the technology well enough to give advice on it and Mike Bacina and Steven Pettigrove are leaders among them.’

‘Steven Pettigrove is very level headed and deep in the technology. He is able to give commercial advice that we trust because he actually understands what the big picture is and how Ethereum works.’

Key clients


Maxi EFX Global

Web3 Security Alliance/A16Z Crypto

Icebreaker Finance Pty Ltd



Work highlights

  • Advising KordaMentha on financial services and insolvency laws in connection with the administration of FTX Australia Pty Ltd and FTX Express Pty Ltd.
  • Acting for Maxi EFX Global in proceedings brought by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
  • Played a pivotal role in Digital Surge’s voluntary administration, following the collapse of FTX in which Digital Surge held a significant portion of its assets.

Australia > Infrastructure projects and construction Tier 3

Piper Alderman continues to work with the government on a number of significant construction projects in the defence, health, transport and hydrogen sectors, including acting as the lead adviser on the $13bn Port Bonython Hydrogen Hub. In Adelaide, Martin Lovell is active in the development and funding of major infrastructure and construction projects, and Kathryn Walker has a strong focus on all forms of construction documentation, water infrastructure, planning, approvals and land access. Melbourne-based Megan Calder and Geoff Emmett are the other key figures.

Practice head(s):

Martin Lovell


‘Number of experienced practitioners, all very responsive. Excellent knowledge, but also provide practical solutions. Excellent value for money.’

‘The individuals I work with are exceptional in several ways and possess a unique combination of qualities and values that make them stand out. We appreciate their transparency and client-centric approach, extensive legal knowledge, fairness, problem-solving abilities, and unwavering commitment to serving their clients’ best interests.’

‘Piper Alderman stands out as a truly unique law firm in Australia, offering a distinctive blend of innovative thinking, sector-focused expertise, and a collaborative culture that sets it apart from the rest.’

‘Martin Lovell is the lawyer I ring when I have a bet-the-house judgement call to make. He is commercial, has a great gut instinct, understands the competitive tensions, and understands the business. When I need to emphasise a point internally, I add Martin’s name into the conversation.’

‘Geoff Emmett is exceptionally bright and a great lateral thinker.’

‘Megan Calder comes up with practical, down-to-earth solutions. Very responsive.’

‘The Piper Alderman infrastructure and projects team continue to impress me as we work together on more deals. There is depth on the bench, and the team is very well led by Martin Lovell. We have predominantly used Piper Alderman for our bet-the-house alliance deals, and we view them as our in-house lawyers.’

‘The practice has a broad depth of knowledge and expertise and all are very approachable. A very commercial approach to working through challenges.’

Key clients

Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service

Renewal SA


Hitachi Rail

Daiwa Energy & Infrastructure

Lucas Total Contract Solutions Pty Ltd

coNEXA Infrastructure Partners

Office of Hydrogen Power South Australia

Department of Infrastructure and Transport (SA)

Department of Treasury and Finance (SA)

Australian Naval Infrastructure

Century Engineering and Liquitek

SEE Civil


Symal Infrastructure Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department of Infrastructure and Transport on the $15.4B River Torrens to Darlington North-South Corridor road and tunnelling project.
  • Acting for Symal in its tendering and negotiations with its joint venture partners and the Victorian Government (through the North East Link project) for the NEL South Freeway Package.
  • Acting for the South Australian Government in relation to its planned $13 billion Port Bonython Hydrogen Hub.

Australia > Intellectual property Tier 3

Spread across Adelaide and Melbourne, Piper Alderman is a key contact for government, research organisations, and public and private companies on copyright, designs, patents, and trade marks. Co-head of the team Tim Clark is located in Melbourne and is knowledgeable of the intellectual property and commercial aspects of social media. Fellow co-head Tim O’Callaghan excels in IP protection and portfolio management, while Travis Shueard has been praised for his ‘outstanding knowledge’.

Practice head(s):

Tim Clark; Tim O’Callaghan

Other key lawyers:


‘They are extremely knowledgeable and proactive. They always respond promptly to queries and have a knowledgeable support team to assist if our regular contacts are unavailable.’

‘The firm’s commitment to excellence is evident in every aspect of their service. Their responsiveness, efficiency, and thoroughness in handling our legal matters have been consistently remarkable.’

‘Their ability to adapt to our evolving needs and their willingness to go above and beyond have centered our trust in their capabilities.’

‘Their proactive approach to legal problem-solving has saved us valuable time and resources, enabling us to make well-informed decisions with confidence.’

‘Throughout our collaboration, we have been thoroughly impressed with the level of service and dedication the firm have consistently delivered.’

‘Their professionalism, attention to detail, and commitment to achieving favourable outcomes have surpassed our expectations.’

‘Travis Shueard has outstanding knowledge of our operation. He provided very detailed analysis as well as very clear and reliable advice.’

Key clients

Geoscan Pty Ltd

Pepper Group

REDARC Electronics Pty Ltd

University of Adelaide

Work highlights

  • Representing Caporaso Pty Ltd, trading as Mercato supermarket, in Federal Court proceedings relating to the use of Caporaso’s registered trade mark MERCATO.
  • Represented CME Blasting & Mining Equipment Ltd in contentious Federal Court proceedings against a Western Australian based company and its director.
  • Representing Peregrine Group in disputes against those seeking to misappropriate its IP.

Australia > Labour and employment: workplace health and safety (WHS) Tier 3

Piper Alderman's expertise spans the gamut of WHS matters, from initial legal advice through to defence and prosecution. Under the guidance of practice head Shane Entriken, who leads from Perth, the team educates and advises their predominantly national client base – consisting of boards, employers, officers and regulators – on a range of health and safety matters. The strong bench includes Andrew Jonklaas, who advises on health and safety compliance, particularly within the mining, transport and energy industries, and Lauren Baker, whose practice blends strategic advice with disputes and court litigation services.

Practice head(s):

Shane Entriken

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Jonklass; Lauren Baker


‘Each team member at Piper Alderman is exceptional.’

‘Piper Alderman is an excellent firm that gives generously to the community. They provide excellent pro bono service to many charities that need assistance.’

‘Their invaluable assistance extended to every stage, from conceptualization to seamless industry implementation.’

‘Few professionals exhibit the unique combination of insight, dedication, and leadership that Shane Entriken represents.’

‘Shane not only showcases a profound grasp of intricate legal affairs but also steers through complex challenges with remarkable finesse. His selfless dedication to clients’ concerns, coupled with a natural talent for pinpointing inventive resolutions, firmly establishes him in his field.’

‘Shane’s exceptional leadership prowess extends beyond the legal domain, prominently manifested through his pro bono endeavours. His active role in nurturing a culture of collaboration and advancement further underscores his outstanding leadership acumen.’

Key clients

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

Work highlights

  • Acts for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), which works in partnership with 15 National Boards to ensure the community has access to a safe health workforce.
  • Acts for a private company representing the interests of the daughter of a late mining entrepreneur.
  • Conducting work health and safety due diligence training for directors and officers of organisations on a regular basis.

Australia > Labour and employment Tier 3

With offices in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Sydney, the labour and employment team at Piper Alderman advises organisations across a host of sectors, including health, transport, retail, telecoms and construction. With over 24 years of experience in employment law, practice head Tim Lange has expertise in a wide range of employment and industrial relations matters, covering terminations and unfair dismissals, anti-discrimination, employment contracts and industrial dispute resolution. Erin McCarthy has extensive knowledge of misconduct investigations, namely cases of bullying, discrimination and harassment. Other lawyers include Ben Motro, who has experience advising on and preparing employment contracts, deeds of release and enterprise agreements. Joe Murphy left the practice in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

Tim Lange

Other key lawyers:


‘Piper Alderman’s employment practice is unique in our experience in that not only do you have exceptional access to their Partners, but the depth of knowledge across the team and the lack of silos ensures support is always available. ’

‘Tim Lange’s encyclopaedic knowledge of Australian employment law is matched only by his ability to think strategically from the inception of a matter.’

‘Ben Motro was an exceptional support through a series of challenging issues. Ben was always very easy to get a hold of, he has a great disposition which makes working with him an absolute pleasure.’

‘Very genuine and very approachable. They are also prompt with their responses, and the advice is always technically smart, tailored to our needs, and immensely helpful with our decision-making. We trust their advice.’

‘Personal service – consistency in advice, and working with a team that understands our business.’

‘Very knowledgeable team who are always willing to educate and share knowledge, explaining advice clearly and concisely. ’

‘Erin McCarthy – very easy to work with, pragmatic and patient.’

‘The law firm has unique capability in industrial relations. ’

Key clients

Chatime Australia Pty Ltd

Epiroc Australia Pty Ltd

Fletcher Building Australia Pty Ltd

Laminex Pty Ltd

Ventia Australia Pty Ltd

Cleanaway Operations Pty Ltd

Equatorial Launch Australia Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for a company and its managing director in a matter with the Fair Work Ombudsman.
  • Acted for Epiroc Australia to review issues or award coverage, executive employment contracts, including share and bonus schemes.

Australia > Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 3

Referred to as ‘reliable, knowledgeable and responsive‘, Piper Alderman fields a national, cross-practice team which assists a variety of clients in the energy sector who are involved in natural resources, mining, and minerals. Practice co-heads are Josh Steele in Brisbane, a key contact for corporate matters, and projects and finance lawyer Martin Lovell. Former practice head Ashley Watson is instrumental in the team’s work in this space, in particular when it comes to gold exploration and mining, tenements, land access, and infrastructure matters.

Practice head(s):

Josh Steele; Martin Lovell


‘Reliable, knowledgeable and responsive. Partner-level access is excellent and the team is always available for timely advice in various disciplines.’

‘Josh Steele has consistently provided excellent commercially practical advice in a very timely manner.’

‘Straightforward commercial and legal advice for any scenario.’

‘Josh Steele and his team have provided us with another year of excellent service.’

Key clients

ADBRI (Adelaide Brighton Limited)

Arrow Minerals Limited

Beach Energy Limited

Bengal Energy

Coppermoly Limited

Unico Silver Limited

Elementos Limited


Galilee Energy Limited

Grange Resources Limited

Gypsum Resources Australia

Hanson Construction Materials

IGO Limited

Iltani Resources Limited

Lucas Total Contract Solutions

Narryer Metals Limited

Pegmont Mines Ltd

PNX Metals Limited

Power Minerals

Prodigy Gold NL

Work highlights

  • Advised Epiroc on its successful acquisition of Remote Control Technologies Pty Ltd, so as to solidify Epiroc’s presence in the mining automation industry in Australia, Latin America and North America.
  • Advised Unico Silver Limited on its strategic acquisition of the advanced Pinguino silver gold project.
  • Advising the administrators of Balmaine Gold Pty Ltd in respect of the operation, environmental issues and interim financing of the Ballarat gold mine.

Australia > Dispute resolution: class actions Tier 4

The dispute resolution and litigation team at Piper Alderman acts in class actions on both the plaintiff and defendant side, with particular strength in cases in the financial services and life sciences industries. Martin del Gallego leads the team from Sydney, a commercial litigator with notable experience in cross-border class actions. Greg Whyte, in Brisbane, is noted for his ‘technical ability’, and Anne Freeman, in Sydney, is an ‘exceptional practitioner‘. Also in Sydney, Kate Sambrook made partner in January 2023, and has notable experience in the financial services sector.

Practice head(s):

Martin del Gallego

Other key lawyers:

Greg Whyte; Kate Sambrook; Lillian Rizio; Anne Freeman; Millie Byrnes Howe


‘Piper Alderman has grown into a mature litigation practice in Sydney, now running high-profile and high-value cases across various industries.’

Kate Sambrook is a highly experienced, efficient and driven practitioner. Martin Del Gallego is commercially minded, an excellent communicator and very approachable. Both Martin Del Gallego and Kate Sambrook are strategic and able to change tack quite quickly, which is invaluable in fast-paced litigation.’

‘They are all extremely well organised, efficient, engaged, strategic and reliable. Their work is a very high quality, and they are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Martin del Gallego is practical, easy to work with and has first-rate legal and commercial acumen. Lillian Rizio is super efficient and totally in control of her files; nothing is left to chance.’

The Piper Alderman Class Actions practice is a stand-out team of heavy-hitting litigators. With their exceptional level of experience and skill in representative proceedings, they are top-notch legal minds, strategists, advisors, negotiators and advocates.’

Greg Whyte is undoubtedly one of Australia’s top class actions practitioners. His technical ability and legal thinking is second to none, and he is genuinely passionate about his clients’ claims, working tirelessly to progress them in the most efficient and effective way. A true top-notch operator.’

‘Anne Freeman is an exceptional practitioner. With her wealth of class actions experience, she is a savvy litigator and strategist, a genuinely engaged advisor and a “safe pair of hands” for her clients. I would not hesitate to recommend Anne – both on the plaintiff and defendant side of the ledger.’ 

‘Kate Sambrook and Martin Del Gallego are both star performers and Millie Byrnes-Howe is an excellent senior associate.’

Key clients

Zoetis Australia Pty Ltd

Stillwater Pastoral Pty Ltd

R and N Hunter Pty Ltd

Adeva Home Solutions Pty Ltd v Queensland Motorways Management Pty Ltd & Ors

Jowene Pty Ltd (ACN 001 714 585)

Geoffrey Peter Davis & Anor v Quintis Limited & Ors

Work highlights

  • Advised Stillwater Pastoral in a legal claim brought against Stanwell Corporation and CS Energy on behalf of electricity consumers in Queensland.
  • Acting for the applicants in a class action against AMP Financial Planning, Charter Financial Planning, Hillross Financial Services, AMP and Resolution Life Australasia (formerly AMP Life Limited).
  • Acting for the Representative Lead in a class action which alleges IG Markets has marketed complex contracts for difference (CFDs) to inexperienced retail investors and facilitated those investors to trade in CFDs without applying adequate checks and balances.

Australia > Environment and planning Tier 4

The team at Piper Alderman, primarily based in Adelaide, exhibits broad expertise in due diligence, environmental enforcement, and regulatory aspects of major projects, with particular emphasis on environmental compliance requirements. Ashley Watson is a key contact for government authorities, while Kathryn Walker has deep knowledge of carbon capture and storage related issues, planning approvals, and water infrastructure matters. Sydney's Paul Vergotis is experienced in advising clients on procedural matters falling under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation.

Practice head(s):

Paul Vergotis; Kathryn Walker; Ashley Watson

Other key lawyers:

Alicia Chryssochoides


‘Piper Alderman’s Environment and Planning team has a strong network of qualified experts in the design and building industry and this gives them a competitive edge.’

‘The team stands out for their personable approach, drive to achieve positive outcomes, and efficient communication.’

‘Piper Alderman delivers a personalised intuitive service, providing exceptional and timely professional advice.’

‘A highly professional firm with very capable staff.’

‘I found the team to be very knowledgeable and easy to work with. The team members are very engaging and are prompt in answering emails and enquiries.’

‘Kathryn Walker is exceptional – competent, friendly and a great communicator.’

‘Kathryn Walker has provided an outstanding and exemplary service, she is highly knowledgeable, reactive, and personalised. Kathryn was always readily available to provide advice, was prompt, exact and clearly understood the processes to achieve to the desired outcomes.’

‘Paul Vergotis is very to the point and well versed in this field, offering strategic direction for matters.’

Key clients

Cohen Group

Department of Planning & Transport South Australia

Hall Chadwick

Forme Projex

Flagship Property Holdings

JAMG Holdings Pty Ltd

Hanson Construction Materials

Cooper Standard Automotive Pty Ltd

Fletcher Building

Burke Urban

Forme Projex

Wilderness College

Symal Infrastructure Pty Ltd

West Bowden Developments

Lucas Total Contract Solutions

Surewin Parkview Pty Ltd

Duke Developments Australia 4 Pty Ltd

QMS Media

Akuo Energy Pacific Pty Ltd

TRW Automotive

Archer Materials Limited

IGO Limited

National Trust Of South Australia

Prodigy Gold NL

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department for Planning and Transport, South Australia on the $15.4bn Torrens to Darlington (T2D) motorway project.
  • Represented property developer JAMG Holdings Pty Ltd (JAMG) in a Land and Environment Court of NSW appeal against a local Council for the refusal of a development application for a residential building valued at approximately AUD$10m.
  • Advising and representing Hanson Construction Materials in a process leading to the potential extension of the largest quarries servicing the needs of South Australia.

Australia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

The restructuring and insolvency practice at Piper Alderman is praised for its ‘depth of knowledge, attention to detail and understanding of the strategies that may be employed by opponents’. The team has been handling matters from a broad range of industries and geographies, including high-profile crypto-currency collapses, the administration of a gold miner and the navigation of bankruptcy trustees. Melbourne-based partner Michael Lhuede heads the practice and regularly appears before the courts in a range of contentious matters. Based in Adelaide, Mike Hayes has insolvency experience across of range of industries, including hospitality, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and retail. Mark Doble joined the team in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lhuede

Other key lawyers:


‘The practice has a breadth of expertise across a range of services. Staff and partners are proactive and responsive.’

‘The partners are knowledgeable and proactive. They have a wealth of experience and are commercial in their approach. Cheryl Weston is a good example as she has great experience in insolvency and corporate restructuring. Her friendly approach puts clients at ease and her commercial approach ensures clients receive advice that maximizes their position. ’

‘Highly experienced and knowledgeable in the area of practice; extensive network of contacts both interstate and overseas, providing great assistance to clients requiring legal services in geographically distant locations; wide areas of practice within the firm, allowing “one-stop shop” facilities where expertise is required in overlapping areas of the law.’

‘Mike Hayes & Antony Disciscio: both extremely knowledgeable in insolvency law and practice, both very approachable and willing to provide initial advice at no cost, both prepared to “go the extra mile” to assist the client and achieve a good result, also both very nice people with good values outside of the professional environment.’

‘Trust, effectiveness, competitive fees, knowledgeable and commercial.’

‘A diverse, close-knit team of extremely good lawyers always concerned for their clients’ needs and the best service possible.’

‘Cheryl Weston is a stand out partner for her professionalism, prompt attention to a matter, ability to meet deadlines on time, attention to clients’ needs, value for fees paid and willingness to listen to and respect the client.’

‘The practitioners at Piper Alderman are specialists in the field of insolvency with deep knowledge of the law and provide practical advice. It is clear that they work in a collaborative manner.’

Key clients

Attorney General’s Department

BRI Ferrier

Chifley Advisory

Dye & Co

Grant Thornton

Hall Chadwick

Integra Advisory

John Canavan


Nicola Garrett & Samuel Renauf

O’Brien Palmer

SV Partners

Westburn Advisory

Vince & Associates

Work highlights

  • Acting for the administrators of FTX Express and FTX Australia, both part of the FTX Group.
  • Acting for the administrators appointed to Balmaine Gold by providing all insolvency, corporate, commercial and environmental law advice arising out of the appointment and the ongoing operation of the mine.
  • Advised the administrators of Digital Surge (DS) in connection with the administration of DS.

Australia > Corporate and M&A Tier 5

With offices in Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne, the corporate and M&A practice at Piper Alderman attracts clients from across key sectors in the Australian market, including private equity, health and life sciences, and energy and natural recourses. James Dickson has significant experience in corporate structuring as well as mergers, acquisitions and takeovers; he co-leads the group with James Macdonald, who specialises in disposals, venture capital and corporate governance.

Practice head(s):

James Dickson; James Macdonald

Other key lawyers:

Lis Boyce; Josh Steele; Alasdair McLean; Paul Sartori; Clea Cole; Maria Capati


‘I found the Piper Alderman team extremely professional, knowledgeable and collaborative. The team was approachable and available at all times, and they were very solution focused, which was extremely valuable in a very stressful business divestment. I had 100% trust in their advice and recommendations, and I really enjoyed working with them.’

‘PA provides services with professionalism at a reduced cost to the bigger legal firms. They are focused and diligent, and can think outside the box when needed. They also operate with great efficiency.’

‘James Dickson is our go-to partner for any corporate or M&A work. He is responsive and pragmatic. He provides excellent advice, always through a commercial rather than legalistic lens.’

‘The practice is solutions focussed, practical and commercially minded.’

‘Pragmatic, commercial, capable, cost-effective.’

‘Consistently displayed exemplary skills, expertise, and dedication for our matter.’

‘With excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Their ability to explain complex legal concepts in a clear and concise manner, ensured we fully understood our rights, options, and the potential outcomes. ‘

‘Always had our best interests in mind. We felt the communication for their quoting and billing aligned and there were no unknown costs or concerns during the period we dealt with the team.’

Key clients

Australian Central Credit Union Limited (trading as People’s Choice Credit Union)

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited

BSA Limited

Carlisle Health Pty Ltd

Corporate Carbon Group Pty Ltd

Cowes Bay Group Pty Ltd

Duxton Pubs Pty Ltd

Epiroc South Pacific Holdings Pty Ltd

Kingspan Holdings Australia

Kingspan Water & Energy Pty Ltd

Log Creek Pty Ltd

Normet Group Oy

O’Driscoll Coaches

Paradice Investment Management Pty Ltd

PharmaLex Pty Ltd

PSM Group Holdings Pty Ltd

Red River Resources Limited

Rocky Point Garden

Rover Coaches

Symal Infrastructure Pty Ltd

The Global Training and Development Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for People’s Choice in its merger with Heritage Bank, one of Australia’s largest and most successful customer-owned banks.
  • Advised Bendigo and Adelaide Bank on its entering into a sale and purchase agreement with Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, pursuant to which BEN acquired ANZ’s margin lending portfolio.
  • Advised Log Creek, the majority shareholder of Infrastructure Capital Holdings (ICH), on the sale of 100% of the shares in ICH to a wholly owned subsidiary of Foresight Group.

Australia > Real estate Tier 5

Labelled as a ‘strong and knowledgeable team’, Piper Alderman's practice is a key contact for corporate entities, government authorities as well as institutional investors. Mark Askin co-leads the department from Brisbane and acts for listed property funds and private REITs in real estate capital transactions. Fellow co-head Adam Rinaldi in Adelaide is well versed in mixed-use projects, office developments and retail and commercial tenancies. Janet Wong in Melbourne is often engaged on industrial and residential developments.

Practice head(s):

Mark Askin; Adam Rinaldi

Other key lawyers:

Janet Wong; Warren Denny; Lauren Abbott


‘The team provides appropriate advice in a timely manner. I feel that I am listened to when I make an enquiry and need advice.’

‘Attentive, accessible, and very good communicators.’

‘The Piper Alderman real estate team are diligent, hardworking, personable, and always listen to client’s needs.’

‘We have a very friendly and practical relationship with the partners and their associates which makes for effective and efficient outcomes.’

‘Each partner has an in-depth knowledge and knows how to apply this in a commercially practical way.’

‘They provide independent practical advice that has our best interests at heart. Their services are provided in a timely manner, and the team are flexible in their approach and listen to the outcomes needed.’

‘Piper Alderman provides practical commercial legal solutions. They are innovative in their advice and provide amazing, personalised customer service. Their staff are friendly and down to earth – a rare find in larger law firms.’

‘Mark Askin and his team take the time to really understand client needs which contributes to an overall better outcome. Mark’s communication is exceptional. He is extremely approachable and accessible – his service feels genuine.’

Key clients

Alceon Group Pty Limited

APH Holding

Bridgestone Australia Limited

Broadmoor Private Investments Limited

Charter Hall

CS Development Group

Duxton Group of Companies

Edge Early Learning Group

FRP Capital Pty Ltd

Greatland Group

Growthpoint Properties Australia

Join Glory WTC Pty Ltd

Mars 420 and Mars 424 Group

McMullin Developments

Morris Group

Penfold Property Group

Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd

Rockhampton Regional Council

Sunkin Group

Sun Property Group

Super Retail Group Limited

Tian An Australia Limited

VIMG Australia

Warakirri Asset Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Melbourne-based developer, Sunkin Property Group, in its $600m+ staged mixed-use development known as “Highett Common”.
  • Acting for the Morris Group on the ongoing development and restructuring of the Breakwater Island Master Plan and delivery of the new $110m, 132 room Ardo Hotel.
  • Acting for FRP Capital, an unlisted real estate investment trust on its $80m acquisition of Brickworks Market Place from Charter Hall and Telstra Super.

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, Perth 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 tbrittenjones@piperalderman.com.au
Corporate and M&A James Dickson jdickson@piperalderman.com.au
Corporate and M&A James Macdonald jmacdonald@piperalderman.com.au
Data protection and cyber security Andrea Beatty abeatty@piperalderman.com.au
Data protection and cyber security & Intellectual property Tim Clark tclark@piperalderman.com.au
Dispute resolution: Class actions & Dispute resolution: Litigation Martin del Gallego mdelgallego@piperalderman.com.au
Environment and planning Paul Vergotis pvergotis@piperalderman.com.au
Environment and planning Kathryn Walker kwalker@piperalderman.com.au
Environment and planning Ashley Watson awatson@piperalderman.com.au
Fintech and financial services regulatory Shannon Adams sadams@piperalderman.com.au
Infrastructure projects and construction & Energy (transactions & regulatory) Martin Lovell mlovell@piperalderman.com.au
Intellectual property Tim O'Callaghan tocallaghan@piperalderman.com.au
Labour and employment Tim Capelin tcapelin@piperalderman.com.au
Labour and employment: workplace health and safety (WHS) Shane Entriken sentriken@piperalderman.com.au
Natural resources (transactions & regulatory) Josh Steele jsteele@piperalderman.com.au
Real estate Mark Askin maskin@piperalderman.com.au
Real estate Adam Rinaldi arinaldi@piperalderman.com.au
Restructuring and insolvency Michael Lhuede mlhuede@piperalderman.com.au

Real Estate

Adelaide, Australia
+4 other locations
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Perth, Australia
Partners : 85
Total Staff : 400
English (fluent)

A premier commercial law firm, Piper Alderman has offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth 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 commercial Australian 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. In this way, our lawyers understand and contribute to Australia’s legal framework in ways that give our clients a special edge.

International focus

The nature of business is becoming increasingly global and a thorough understanding of the complexities involved with international dealings and disputes is critical.

Acting for multinational corporations as well as the Australian branches of many organisations listed in offshore markets, Piper Alderman is regularly involved in complex negotiations across a wide variety of industries and countries. Many of our lawyers hold international qualifications and have practised in other jurisdictions, allowing us to offer our clients effective cross-border legal services backed by extensive experience.

Our international networks are extensive, allowing us to draw upon the expertise of lawyers in local jurisdictions across the globe. Through our membership of TAGLaw and Legalink, we have access to a global network of leading independent law firms located in the world’s top financial and commercial centres.

We are often selected by clients and overseas law firms because of our expertise as well as our independence, as we are not formally aligned with a global law firm. We are also a single, united partnership which facilitates a unified approach to legal services nationally. Our national presence also helps overseas companies negotiate the daunting and often complex mix of state and federal legislature across Australia.


Australia is a land of great natural beauty and boundless opportunity. Despite often turbulent global financial conditions, Australia’s economy continues to be one of the world’s most stable. Sound governance creates certainty for foreign investment and Australia’s skilled workforce, ties to Asia and success in key industries makes Australia a great place for doing business.

Why Australia?

Resilient economy – Australia’s Gross Domestic Product (at purchasing power parity) is in the top twenty countries in the world. Australia’s economy has performed better than expected during 2022 amid the fallout from the COVIC-19 pandemic and real GDP is forecast to grow by around 42% in 2023. Until 2020, Australia had only experienced two years of negative growth during the previous 60 years.

Global success in key industries – Australia is globally successful in key industries such as energy, resources, agribusiness, education, tourism and financial services. Australia is among the world’s largest producers of gold, iron ore and uranium and a major producer of agricultural commodities.

Innovative and highly skilled – Australia is ranked 5th in the world for global entrepreneurship, with almost half of all Australian firms active in innovation. Our population is highly educated (with over 40% of the workforce having a tertiary qualification), culturally diverse and multilingual (where nearly 30% of the population was born overseas).

Globally integrated – Australia has an open trading economy with strong business and cultural ties with Asia. Our top 5 trading partners are China, USA, Japan, Republic of Korea and United Kingdom. Asia continues to dominate Australia’s two-way trade flows with 66% of the market.

Ease of doing business – Australia is ranked 12th in the world for economic freedom. Our sound governance and democratic institutions create certainty for foreign investment. We have an economy that is resilient to economic cycles and Australia is a great place to live and work, with five Australian cities ranked in the global top 30 for their quality of living.