Firm Profile > DWF > Sydney, Australia

NSW 2000

Insurance Tier 5

DWF's insurance group is led from Brisbane by the seasoned Damien van Brunschot. The team, which is part of a rapidly growing firm in Australia, has noted experience of workers' compensation with cases involving claims relating to diseases affecting mine workers and those in the construction industry. Senior practitioner Hamish Broadbent combines expertise in personal injury and insurance-related litigation in the healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Damien van Brunschot

Other key lawyers:

DWF Melbourne:
DWF’s Melbourne office specialise in Corporate and Commercial law, Litigation and Insolvency, Employment Law and IR, Planning and Environment, and Property Development.

DWF’s Melbourne office prides itself on being part of a ‘full service’ firm for clients who need reliable legal advice across a broad range of commercial components. Our Melbourne office is home to leading corporate and commercial lawyers, who specialise in corporate advisory, mergers and acquisitions, structuring, finance, and litigation and insolvency. They have particular experience with complex commercial and insurance litigation matters. They focus on reaching quick and commercially beneficial resolutions of disputes for their clients.

In addition to our Corporate and Commercial team, we also have specialist Planning & Environment, Major Projects and Property Development lawyers based in our Melbourne office. Our Melbourne Property and Planning team works closely with other DWF specialists in Australia and internationally, which enables them to deliver coordinated whole of project advice with prompt turnaround of contractual documentation and timely delivery of risk management advice. Our Planning and Environment team act predominantly for developers to avoid conflicts of interest, and our Property team of highly credentialed lawyers, paralegals and conveyancing clerks can deliver every aspect of your project whether you are buying, selling, leasing, financing, constructing or developing.

We also have a team of workplace relations lawyers in our Melbourne office who make up part of our National Employment, Safety and Regulatory team. They represent employers across the full gamut of employment and industrial relations, OH&S and WorkCover. Above all else, they focus on providing employers not just with great advice but with recommendations and strategies to resolve issues especially when faced with challenges across multiple intersecting disciplines in Employment and Industrial Relations, OH&S and WorkCover.

DWF across Australia:
In Australia, led by Managing Director Jamie McPherson and Chairman Mark Hickey, DWF heads a powerhouse team of specialised lawyers who are experts and leaders in their chosen fields. DWF has a strong presence across the east cost of Australia, with offices on the ground in Brisbane, Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney and Townsville and over 180 staff. DWF specialise in a range of areas including Banking & Financial Services, Business Restructuring & Insolvency, Commercial Law, Construction & Infrastructure, Corporate & M&A, Employment & IR, Insurance (including Claims Management), Intellectual Property Law & Licensing, Litigation & Arbitration, Planning & Environment, Private Capital, Property & Real Estate, Sports Law, Workers Compensation and Workplace Health & Safety. Our national service offering is already significant, and with plans for further offices and services imminent, our reach across the capital cities and regional areas will continue to grow. We are committed to transforming legal services for our clients – we aren’t just a law firm, we are a legal business.

DWF (global):
DWF is the largest listed legal business in the world, with an award-winning reputation for client service excellence, effective operational management and innovation. The Company became the first Main Market Premium Listed legal business on the London Stock Exchange in March 2019. DWF has been named by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s most innovative legal businesses and has been independently recognised for its quality of legal advice, service delivery and responsiveness.

DWF’s stated purpose is to transform legal services through its people for its clients using its three principal strategic objectives: understanding our clients, engaging our people and doing things differently. DWF aims to deliver its strategy by building long-term relationships with its clients, recruiting talented individuals to maintain a high service level culture and continually innovating in its provision of complex legal services, managed and connected services to address client needs and increase its market share.

The business has core strengths in corporate banking, insurance and litigation and in-depth expertise in several chosen sectors, including public sector; energy and industrials; real estate; financial services; retail, food and hospitality; technology and transport.

In addition to its legal services, DWF provides a range of professional, business or consulting services, a number of which include or are enabled by technology products and solutions to its clients through its Connected Services division. This offering is complementary to the traditional legal services offered by DWF.

DWF employs over 4,300 people across 33 key locations and has steadily grown its international presence in response to client demand. In 2019 it expanded its international footprint by acquiring RCD in Spain, opening a new office in Dusseldorf in Germany, as well as a new office in Warsaw, Poland as part of its strategic growth plans.

DWF works with a range of clients from multinational household names to private individuals, from both the public and private sector. Building business relationships that inspire trust and confidence across all levels of their business means DWF delivers an exceptional client experience.

DWF was the first UK legal business to achieve the ‘Disability Confident’ accreditation, which highlights the firm as an inclusive recruiter of disabled talent. In October 2019, the business was ranked as a Top 10 Employer for Working Families and placed 16th in the list of the top 75 employers in the Social Mobility Employer Index. The business also has its own charitable enterprise, the DWF Foundation, a registered charity aimed at providing funds and support to local charities and programmes focused on education, employability, health and wellbeing and homelessness.

Department Name Email Telephone
Principal Lawyer, Executive Head (Melbourne) Philip Gleed +61 (3) 9657 3555
Principal Lawyer, Head of Property, Planning & Construction Scott Stewart +61 (3) 9657 3555
Principal Lawyer, Head of Litigation & Insolvency Mary Nemeth +61 (3) 9657 3555
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All staff : Approx. 50