Firm Profile > Squire Patton Boggs > Perth, Australia

Squire Patton Boggs
PERTH, WA 6000

Dispute resolution Tier 3

The 'exceptional' practice at Squire Patton Boggs is headed by Amanda Banton, the 'very professionalGreg Stenepreis and Cris Cureton. The firm specialises in litigation and arbitration in the fields of construction, financial products and planning alongside a broad commercial litigation practice, with clients including Laing O’Rourke, ALH Group and Woolworths. The team is representing Ferrier Hodgson, as liquidators for Forge Group Limited, in a claim related to outstanding construction contracts worth around A$150m. Brendan Reilly has departed to establish boutique dispute resolution practice Reilly IDR.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Banton; Greg Steinepreis; Cris Cureton


Squire Patton Boggs’ dispute resolution work will not fall short of anything but exceptional due to its large body of lawyers supplying high-quality service.’


Key clients

Ferrier Hodgson

Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd

Kellogg Brown & Root Pty Ltd (KBR)

Cockburn Cement Limited (CCL)

ALH Group Property Holdings Pty Ltd

Woolworths Group Ltd

Andrew Wily

Construction Tier 4

Key expertise for Squire Patton Boggs includes projects in the resources and energy sectors, international and domestic arbitration and large-scale government projects involving urban renewal. The front-end offering is tailored towards mining and energy and negotiating the full suite of contracting arrangement while back-end work extends to negotiations, mediation and security of payment adjudications. Greg Steinepreis is a key name to note and the practice is also active in the hotel and leisure, engineering and infrastructure sectors. Avendra K Singh moved to Johnson Winter & Slattery in March 2020.

Practice head(s):

Greg Steinepreis

Other key lawyers:

Cris Cureton


‘Partner availability, involvement and accessibility is exceptionally good.’

‘A unique combination of attention to and knowledge of the details and a sharp awareness of the big picture and the capacity to focus on what really matters’.

Key clients

Brookfield Property Group

Department of Infrastructure NT

Far East Consortium

Tennis Australia

Laing O’Rourke

Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority

MSP Engineering

Subsea 7

TransAlta Energy

KBR (Kellogg Brown & Root)

Dispute resolution: class actions Tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs has a particular strength in handling class actions arising in the insolvency and financial services sectors, which are areas of specialism for practice head Amanda Banton. Team members are adept at acting for a varied client base including middle-market and multinational companies, individuals, insolvency practitioners, governmental bodies and local councils, not-for-profit organisations, and professional services firms. Shaan Palmer and Susan Goodman are also key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Banton

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Oztech Pty

Caason Investments Pty

Ceramic Fuel Cells

Coffs Harbour City Council

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs is recognised for having 'deep experience with IT including for cross-border companies and M&A'. Richard W Horton is dual-qualified (the US and Australia) and includes experience acting for silicon valley clients. The team, including senior associate Michael Muratore, acts for tech companies, many of which are startups, in relation to software, AI, music and semiconductors in a broad range of industries. Its expertise covers corporate, commercial, licensing and financings/venture capital.

Practice head(s):

Richard Horton

Other key lawyers:


SPB has deep experience with IT including cross-border companies and M&A. They are also able to draw on the experience of others in the firm to provide specialized advice in related areas, like cross-border taxation matters.’

Richard Horton and his team bring a depth of experience which manifests not only in being able to provide knowledgeable advice on complex matters but also in measured and professional approaches to tense situations. Their team is also able to meet tight deadlines while maintaining a high standard of work.’

Key clients

GB Group

Morse Micro Pty Ltd


Good Software Co Pty Ltd

Curious Thing Pty Ltd

Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 4

At Squire Patton Boggs, Simon Rear's expertise is in assisting mining clients on capital raisings and, together with Margie Tannock, heads a Perth team that provides a range of corporate, finance, environment and regulatory expertise to domestic and Asia-wide clients. Tony Chong has an established international practice and, together with Tina Zhou, increasingly assists Chinese clients on their investments. The team's current work encompasses work in the coal, gold and lithium sectors.

Practice head(s):

Simon Rear; Margie Tannock

Other key lawyers:

Tony Chen; Tina Zhou

Key clients

Eastern Goldfields Limited

MSP Engineering

Pareto Securities

Cockburn Cement Ltd

General Mining Corporation

Itochu Minerals and Energy of Australia

MCM Mining Ltd

Extension Hill Pty Ltd

Regulatory compliance and investigations Tier 4

Clients of Squire Patton Boggs stem from sectors such as government, hospitality and leisure, energy and resources, education, transport and manufacturing. They rely on the team for representation on statutory approvals, corporate governance, compliance and regulatory risk, prosecution, investigations and the full range of enforcement proceedings. Perth-based Margie Tannock heads the practice and advises clients on resolving regulatory risks across all aspects of corporate decision making.

Practice head(s):

Margie Tannock;

Other key lawyers:

Michael Fergurson; Bruno Di Girolami; Graeme Slattery;

Key clients

Australian Leisure Holdings (ALH)

Cockburn Cement Ltd (CCL)

Eastern Goldfields Ltd

Flight Centre

Foraco Pty Ltd

Government of the Republic of Fiji

Health Insurance Fund of Australia (HIF)

Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RAWA)

Shire of Leonora

Subsea 7

Woolworths Ltd

Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 5

In addition to its domestic practice, Squire Patton Boggs is known for its cross-border M&A expertise and its growing China practice - both incoming and outgoing transactions. Tony Chong and Tina Zhou work with Perth-based Simon Rear to assist Chinese clients. Margie Tannock heads the energy and natural resources practice and has expertise spanning environmental, regulatory and planning matters relating to mining and energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Margie Tannock

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Shire of Leonora

Complete Power Solutions


Subsea 7

Energy Fiji Ltd

Labour and employment Tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs' labour and employment practice is jointly spearheaded by Perth-based Bruno Di Girolami and John Oakes who recently arrived in Sydney from Watson Mangioni. The team primarily acts for employers and focuses on sensitive disputes, investigations, work health and safety prosecutions, cross-border compliance reviews and business migrations, and corporate governance matters. Also notable in the Perth office is of counsel Dominique Hartfield who has considerable experience both in contentious and non-contentious issues.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Di Girolami; John Oakes

Other key lawyers:


‘The labour and employment practice at Squire provides a high level of customer service, which is always conscious of its clients’ costs. It offers options for managing matters to assist its clients to deliver outcomes within their budgets and appetite for litigation.’

‘Bruno Di Girolami is approachable, friendly and factual in his approach. He is not afraid to tell you how it is, even where your circumstances are sensitive or your chances of success from a legal perspective are slim. Bruno has a strong ability to read the political climate in his clients’ organisations and adjusts his style of communication to ensure that his advice is heard, despite political agendas.’

‘John Oakes’ commercial acumen is excellent. He understands our risk profile and is able to convert the legal requirements into a series of action steps that get us to the end objective. He is always available and responsive and is able to take my calls even when on holidays or sabbaticals.’

Key clients

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Pty Ltd (SEL)

Spotless Group Limited

Technip Oceania Pty Ltd

Scope Systems Pty Ltd

Pivet Medical Centre

West Australian Octopus Pty Ltd

Simonds Group

Randox (Australia) Pty Ltd

Transalta Energy (Australia) Pty Ltd

Halewood International Holdings (UK) Limited

Real estate Tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs’ practice is headed by the ‘super smart and responsiveDannelle Howley and Rahul Parrab in Sydney alongside Perth-based Mark Palermo. It advises at every stage of developments, including on construction and procurement considerations, and is experienced in urban renewal projects as well as those in the hospitality and leisure sectors. The team is skilled in areas of commercial and retail leasing, sales and acquisitions and project finance. Clients include international property and institutional investors, local developers, government entities as well as an increasing number of domestic and offshore listed and unlisted property funds.

Practice head(s):

Dannelle Howley; Mark Palermo; Rahul Parrab


‘Dannelle Howley is exceptional. She can be relied upon o provide succinct no nonsense practical advice based on her extensive industry experience in addition to legal expertise. She is also super smart and super responsive.’


Key clients

AXA IM – Real Assets

Charter Hall Group

Elanor Investors Group

SC Capital

Frasers Hospitality Trust

Woolworths Limited

Projects in Vietnam – Indochina Capital, Indochina Vanguard, Indochina Kajima, BIM, Cityland

Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority

Far East Consortium


Sterling Global

Watson Elite

Mapletree Logistics Trust

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs stands out for its expertise in handling contentious cases, regularly handling issues at State and Federal Court levels; it recently represented Ferrier Hodgson as liquidator for Forge Group in claims relating to the debt of a company it acquired in 2012, and acted for Deloitte as liquidators of Heavy Plant Leasing in proceedings involving alleged breaches of contract and unconscionable conduct. Amanda Banton heads the department, which includes Shaan Palmer, Perth-based practitioner Graeme Slattery, and of counsel Susan Goodman.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Banton

Key clients

Ferrier Hodgson

Hall Chadwick

KordaMentha Pty Ltd

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu


DEM Australasia

TLC Marketing Worldwide Pty Ltd

Corporate and M&A Tier 6

Squire Patton Boggs attracts cross-border transactions from clients ranging from the global to startups and venture capital firms. Across the gamut of corporate and commercial work, it has a focus on the energy and resources sectors in addition to its broader retail, manufacturing and tech clients. Simon Rear in Perth and Campbell Davidson in Sydney head the practice and Tony Chong is the Perth managing partner and also heads the Asia Desk for the firm.

Practice head(s):

Simon Rear; Campbell Davidson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Anchor Systems

Complete Power Solutions Pty Ltd

Government of the Republic of Fiji

Live Nation Entertainment Inc

O’Brien Glass

Takara Shuzo

Molson Coors

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc

Ricardo Plc


GB Group Plc

Vp Plc

Halewood International

Holdings (UK) Limited

Department Name Email Telephone
Partner, Corporate Simon Rear +61 8 9429 7483
Partner, Labour and employment John Oakes +61 2 8248 7804
Partner, Real estate Dannelle Howley +61 2 8248 7822
Partner, Real estate Rahul Parrab +61 2 8248 7848
Of Counsel, Restructuring and insolvency Denee Muller +61 2 8248 7841
Partner, Restructuring and insolvency Shaan Palmer +61 2 8248 7837
Of Counsel, Restructuring and insolvency Susan Goodman +61 2 8248 7873
Partner, Restructuring and insolvency Amanda Banton +61 2 8248 7850
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Cris Cureton  photo Mr Cris Cureton Partner
Mr Bruno Di Girolami  photo Mr Bruno Di Girolami
Mr Simon Rear  photo Mr Simon Rear Partner
Mr Graeme Slattery  photo Mr Graeme Slattery Partner
Mr Greg Steinepreis  photo Mr Greg Steinepreis Partner
Ms Margie Tannock  photo Ms Margie Tannock Partner
Number of lawyers : 1,500+
at this office : 40
Chinese (Cantonese