Firm Profile > Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors > Sydney, Australia

Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors

Labour and employment Tier 4

Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors' client base includes overseas multinational companies, domestic Top 100 companies, larger enterprises and medium to small-scale companies. The group also represents a number of industry bodies, including the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Nigel Ward is the firm's CEO while co-founder Joe Murphy heads up the workplace and employment team nationally; they both sit in Sydney with Luis Izzo. In Brisbane, Dianne Hollyoak and Alan Girle are the main names to note. Also notable are Louise Hogg and Newcastle's Kyle Scott.


‘The ABL team is exceptionally knowledgeable within its areas of expertise. Having a large team enables the use of specialists across areas as required. This means their responses are targeted to your needs even if they lean on another partner in-house, ultimately reducing the response time. Overall, I enjoy working with each member of the team as they show case their professionalism in some of the most difficult cases. When it is time to move heaven and earth, ABL can.’

‘ABL fields a well-balanced team that gives sound advice whilst giving proper consideration of the risk and opportunity through legal strategy and action.’

‘The team is very strong in both knowledge and personal skills, has a great level of support and is able to provide guidance and a sense of calm throughout what is always a stressful situation.’

‘I most enjoy the professional yet down-to-earth nature of the practitioners. They are approachable and do not make you feel inadequate or incompetent but rather make you feel stronger and more in control of the situation which is the ultimate service delivery any client could ask for.’

‘Kyle Scott was available at just about any time of the day or night that I was awake. He was quick to reply to emails and provided logical and sound advice about the risks and strengths of our case.’

‘Joe Murphy’s strategic approach to litigation is second to none. Joe has a unique ability to predict his opponents’ actions and reactions well in advance, which gives his clients an incredible advantage when it comes to resolving matters whether it is by way of fast-paced litigation or settlement. Either way, he achieves excellent outcomes for his clients due to his ability to see beyond the immediate.’

‘We deal predominantly with Louise Hogg who we have always found to be very professional. Louise also has a really good appreciation for the commercial practicalities in relation to labour issues.’

‘Louise Hogg is friendly, easy to communicate with and understands my needs with very little effort. I will always go directly to Louise for this reason and her knowledge and advice has been exceptional.’

The firm: Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors (ABLA) is an incorporated law firm wholly-owned by the New South Wales Business Chamber, an organisation that has been championing business interests for over 190 years.

Our purpose is to serve employer clients, from small businesses to top ASX companies, with the core purpose of acting in the interests of Australian businesses and working hard to secure the future of a productive Australia. ABLA is respected as providing a market leading practice, highly rated by independent legal publications, peers and clients.

ABLA’s employment practice has been involved in a number of leading test cases in recent years, including acting for the lead employer party in the Annual Leave Test Case , the Part-time/Casual Employment Test Case, the prominent Penalty Rates Test case  and the Family Friendly and Domestic Violence Test case.

As a market leading practice with a proven track record of excellent service delivery and the highest levels of expertise we offer a comprehensive suite of legal expertise. This includes:

    • commercial dispute resolution
    • communications, media and technology
    • competition and trade practices
    • corporate and commercial matters
    • employment and workplace relations
    • industrial relations
    • intellectual property
    • property
    • work health and safety
    • workplace investigations

We are repeatedly nominated for awards by our peers and clients. ABLA was voted Employment Law Specialist Firm of the Year in 2018 in the Australasian Law Awards, Workplace Relations and Employment Team of the Year in 2019, 2018, 2016 and a finalist in the Commercial team of the year at the Australian Law Awards in 2019, 2018, 2017.  ABLA has was also awarded in the category of ‘Employment Law’ at the HRD Service Provider Awards in 2017.

Our mantra is ‘experts make things simple’, and we live by it every day. We pride ourselves on giving plain-spoken practical advice. ‘Legalese’ is not our thing. Simplifying complexity, expressing it clearly and providing clear guidance to clients is the ultimate mark of true expertise. Making our clients’ lives easier is at the heart of our service ethos.

ABLA’s client base is varied, extending from overseas multinational companies, to leading ASX Top 100 companies, larger sized enterprises with 500+ employees and then small and medium sized enterprises. We also represent a number of industry bodies, including the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (which is the Australia’s peak council of industry associations). Our dedicated Account Management approach provides access to a team of lawyers that collaborate and co-operate across the firm and ensures that clients are provided with multiple points of contact on each matter to ensure the most prompt and efficient service.

Department Name Email Telephone
Workplace and Employment Joe Murphy, Managing Director +61 2 9458 7005
Corporate and Commercial Iain Rennie, Managing Director +61 2 9458 7005
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Julian Arndt  photo Mr Julian Arndt
Mr Abraham Ash  photo Mr Abraham Ash
Mr Julian Courtney-Stubbs  photo Mr Julian Courtney-Stubbs
Mr Hayden Fox  photo Mr Hayden Fox
Mr Luis Izzo  photo Mr Luis Izzo
Mr Warwick La Hood  photo Mr Warwick La Hood
Mr Joe Murphy  photo Mr Joe Murphy
Mr Iain Rennie  photo Mr Iain Rennie
Mr Nigel Ward  photo Mr Nigel Ward
Number of lawyers : 33