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Australia > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Counting a litany of public bodies, sovereign states, and blue-chip multinational engineering and construction companies among its clientele, DLA Piper regularly handles major arbitrations - both domestic and international in nature. Construction, energy, and natural resources are key sector focuses for the practice, with Perth-based construction co-chair Richard Edwards anchoring the team's expertise in the former. The team is spearheaded by Gitanjali Bajaj, the firmwide co-chair for international arbitration in the Asia Pacific region who also serves as vice president of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA). Melbourne-based Gowri Kangeson and Brisbane-based Liam Prescott are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Cameron Maclean; Gitanjali Bajaj

Other key lawyers:

Richard Edwards; Gowri KangesonLiam Prescott


‘Unrivalled experience and knowledge. A very deep bench.’

‘Detail-oriented, understanding of our business needs, responsive, and provide direct access to partners.’

‘Gowri Kangeson stands out for her attention to detail and work ethic.’

‘Richard Edwards is a thought leader.

‘Liam Prescott, a true elder statesman.’

Key clients


Hyundai Rotem Company

JKC Australia LNG Pty Ltd

The Autoridade Nacional Do Petróleo e Minerais (ANPM)

Windhoist Australia Pty Ltd

Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Canadian Solar Energy Holding Singapore 4 Pte Ltd

Victoria Police Department

Wipro Limited

GE Steam Power Switzerland GmbH

Work highlights

    Australia > Data protection Tier 2

    Entrusted by a diverse roster of large corporates, governments and specialist internet companies, recent standout engagements for the ‘responsive and commercial’ group at DLA Piper include advising Australia’s independent financial ombudsman, the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA), in relation to its landmark ‘Digital Modernisation Programme’. The firm’s international presence and access to expertise in areas such as digital transformation projects, means that the type of projects the team is taking on are becoming ever more complex. Practice head Tim Lyons is at the forefront of the group’s government offering, routinely assisting the high-level public sector bodies with privacy law matters. Lyons frequently works in conjunction with Sarah Birkett, who has over 14 years of experience in this area. At the senior associate level, the ‘technically impressiveClaire Kermond – based in Sydney – is recommended. All named lawyers are based in Melbourne unless stated otherwise.

    Practice head(s):

    Tim Lyons

    Other key lawyers:

    Claire Kermond; Nicholas Boyle; Anthony Lloyd; Sarah Birkett


    ‘The team are responsive and commercial.’

    ‘Claire Kermond is responsive, and technically impressive.’

    Key clients

    Australian Financial Complaints Authority

    Victorian Department of Transport

    Endeavour Energy



    Verkada, Inc



    Levi Strauss & Co


    Busy Bees

    COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria

    Thales Australia Limited

    Bank of Queensland

    Dragos, Inc.

    Global Payments

    National Westminster Bank (UK)

    Spring Care, Inc.

    Department of Health (Commonwealth)

    Work highlights

    • Advised the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA), in relation to its landmark ‘Digital Modernisation Programme’.
    • Conducting a Privacy Impact Assessment for the Department of Transport in respect of its Situational Awareness Solution for the Victorian road transport network.
    • Advised the Endeavour Energy Network Operator Partnership on the roll-out of its landmark retail market initiatives.

    Australia > Fintech and financial services regulatory Tier 2

    DLA Piper's strategic focus is split equally between financial services regulatory and fintech work. In the latter space, the team’s far-reaching expertise include issues relating to corporate, securities and financing; payments, alternative lending, data and analytics, and software; blockchain and cryptocurrency; and data protection. Sydney-based Anthony Lloyd and Melbourne-based Joel Cox are the key contacts for the firm's technology clients. On the risk management and compliance side, Samantha O’Brien and Natalie Caton – both based in Brisbane – sit at the helm.

    Practice head(s):

    Samantha O’Brien; Natalie Caton; Joel Cox; Anthony Lloyd

    Other key lawyers:

    Natalie Caton; Matthew Spain; Ann-Marie Coleman; Sophie Devitt


    ‘Strong on compliance, and open to billing adjustments.’

    ‘We have been working with DLA Piper over the last two years. They have very good knowledge and have been able to guide us through various complex situations. They have been good value for money, timely with great advice compared to other firms, especially when investing at earlier stages where commerciality is important.’

    ‘The key qualities are availability, timeliness and commerciality. They are also very good at providing us with cost updates and making sure we stay within budget or noting when we may start moving out of scope.’

    Key clients

    FM Global

    Touch Ventures Limited

    Perennial Value Management Limited


    Worldline AG

    Freightwise Services Pty Ltd (t/as FreightSafe)

    Work highlights

    • Assisted Touch Ventures, backed by Afterpay, with its investments in two fintech start-ups – Till Payments and Refundid.
    • Advised FM Global on a portfolio transfer between two APRA-authorised subsidiaries.
    • Advising Reinventure, Westpac’s A$150m corporate venture capital fund, on almost all of its investments to date, comprising more than 50 investments in the fintech space.

    Australia > Infrastructure projects and construction Tier 2

    Deftly balancing contentious and commercial capabilities, DLA Piper advises a range of prominent clients on the delivery of major infrastructure and property development projects. The team is especially strong in international matters stemming from the firm’s global network, supporting international clients on important domestic projects, and vice versa. John Gallagher is a reputed name in the market, advising clients on infrastructure and engineering projects across Australia. Gitanjali Bajaj is an experienced advisor with respect to dispute resolution and risk management of major international projects, particularly those within the renewables, defence, construction, and transport sectors.

    Practice head(s):

    Onno Baker; Richard Edwards

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Australian Football League


    Asian Development Bank and the Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan

    China Railway Construction (Southeast Asia) Co., Ltd.

    Moorebank Intermodal Company Limited

    Webuild S.p.A, CPB Contractors Pty Ltd, GS Engineering and Construction Pty Ltd and China Construction Oceania Pty Ltd, as the Design & Construction Contractor

    Department of Transport and Main Roads; Queensland Rail Ltd

    Merricks Capital


    Vancouver Island Health Authority


    Victoria Police Department

    Western Australian Cricket Association Limited

    JKC Australian LNG Pty Ltd

    PureCycle Technologies, Inc


    Kalium Lakes

    CIMIC Group Limited

    Shaw Contracting (Aust) Pty Ltd et al.

    Wood Australia Pty Ltd

    Sacyr Concesiones, S.L. Valoriza Servicios Medioambientales,

    Aggreko Generator Rentals Pty Ltd

    Found Concrete Pty Ltd

    Yallah Road Pty Ltd

    McMillen Jacobs Limited

    MPA Construction Group Pty Ltd

    Summit Innovations Pty Ltd

    Minicon Construction (Aust) Pty Ltd

    Gildail Developments Pty Ltd

    Boral Transport Limited

    Verton Australia Pty Ltd

    Banjima Native Title Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC

    Worley Limited

    Marmino Marine Pty Ltd

    FUWA K Hitch (Australia) Pty Ltd

    Tetra Tech

    Lime Network Pty Ltd

    University of Copenhagen

    Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission

    Fire and Rescue NSW

    New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

    Fire Rescue Victoria

    Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation

    New Horizons Enterprises Limited

    Speno Rail Maintenance Australia Pty Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Acting for AVZ Minerals in relation to the USD 500m+ Manono Lithium and Tin Project, a large mine in a remote eastern province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The project‘s high-quality reserves, strong government backing and an increasing demand for lithium globally has ensured a strong commercial foundation.
    • Acting for EV Metals Group plc in relation to the development of a USD 3bn integrated battery chemicals complex in Saudi Arabia.
    • Acting as project lawyers on the development of the Eramurra Solar Salt Project in Western Australia.

    Australia > Insurance Tier 2

    Powered by offices in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, the insurance group at DLA Piper provides a comprehensive service to major Australian insurers and reinsurers, underwriters, policyholders, industry bodies, and regulators on a diverse range of matters. Core areas of expertise include business interruption cases, regulatory investigations and enforcement, D&O disputes and W&I claims. The team is jointly headed by Brisbane-based risk product expert Samantha O’Brien, a key port of call for many of the firm’s blue-chip clients, and experienced commercial litigator James Morse, who works out of the firm’s Sydney office. Other key figures include insurance sector authority Tricia Hobson, who maintains a presence in both Sydney and London, and policy coverage dispute specialist Carmen Elder, as well as senior associates Clancy O’Donovan and Ann-Marie Coleman, who are based in Sydney and Brisbane, respectively.

    Practice head(s):

    Samantha O’Brien; James Morse


    ‘DLA gets to know their clients on a deeper level, going beyond one file, and creates an environment of complete trust and support.’

    ‘A very solid all-round insurance team who know the market and create loss solutions.’

    Key clients

    Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Company Limited

    Allianz Australia

    Allianz Worldwide Partners

    AON Australia


    AXA XL

    Berkley Insurance Australia

    FM Global

    Hannover Life Re of Australasia Ltd (HLRA)

    Liberty Mutual Insurance


    QBE European Underwriting Services (Europe)

    RACQ Insurance

    Steadfast Group


    Swiss Re

    Tokio Marine HCC

    Western Power


    Work highlights

    • Advising Swiss Re in the industry-wide test case seeking judicial determination of market-wide issues impacting business interruption claims arising from COVID-19.
    • Representing Western Power in class action proceedings following catastrophic bushfires in Western Australia.
    • Acted for an insured fund manager, on instructions from the insurer, in defence of a claim brought by one of the insured’s customers for loss arising out of a cyber incident.

    Australia > Intellectual property Tier 2

    DLA Piper regularly represents some of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies in a slew of contentious and non-contentious matters. Nicholas Tyacke in Sydney and Robynne Sanders in Melbourne jointly head up the ‘commercial, pragmatic’ group. Sanders, who is praised for his ‘great attention to detail', focuses chiefly on patent litigation for clients in the medical devices, engineering, and IT sectors, while Tyacke - life sciences IP and regulatory practice head - is a leading patent and IP litigator who regularly acts for large pharmaceutical companies.  The pair is ably supported by the Sydney-based Jessie Buchan, noted for her expertise in soft IP issues.

    Practice head(s):

    Nicholas Tyacke; Robynne Sanders

    Other key lawyers:

    Rob McMaster


    ‘Technical legal knowledge very strong. Very commercial, pragmatic with lots of common sense.’

    ‘Robynne Sanders and Rob McMaster are stand-outs. Very hard workers, great attention to detail.’

    ‘Very capable, careful, close attention to detail.’

    ‘Nicholas Tyacke is a careful, knowledgeable litigator with close attention to detail and a sound knowledge of the law.’

    Key clients

    Pfizer and its affiliates

    Neurim Pharmaceuticals (1991) Ltd



    Murray Engineering Pty Ltd



    Intercontinental Exchange

    AirTrunk Singapore Holding Pte Ltd

    Guzman y Gomez

    ResMed Pty Ltd

    Boss Fire Pty Ltd

    UON Pty Ltd and LAA Industries Pty Ltd

    Global Retail Brands Australia Pty Ltd

    LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy)


    Work highlights

    • Acting for Pfizer in a series of patent litigation cases, in relation to its small molecule (pharmaceutical) and large molecule (biological) medicines.
    • Acting for these mining sector clients in the defence of patent revocation proceedings.
    • Advising Guzman y Gomez on its global trade mark portfolio, including advising on branding clearance, prosecution and oppositions, and providing strategic branding advice.

    Australia > Capital markets Tier 3

    With a national presence spanning Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, the seasoned equity capital markets group at DLA Piper advises issuers, underwriters and financial advisers on a diverse range of matters. Headed by the Sydney-based David Ryan, the team assists multinational clients across such sectors as life sciences, resources, and tech, particularly with institutional placements, share purchase plans, high-value IPOs, and secondary raisings. The group is supported by ECM specialist Kelly Morrison in Brisbane.

    Practice head(s):

    David Ryan

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Life360, Inc.

    Zip Co Limited

    Trajan Group Holdings Limited

    Link Group Limited

    Nickel Mines Limited

    Boundary Bend (Cobram Estate Olives Limited)

    Kleos Space SA

    Althea Group Holdings Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised Life360 on its A$280m ANREO and its related acquisition of Tile, Inc.
    • Advised Zip Co Limited on its A$400m convertible notes offering.
    • Advised Trajan Scientific and Medical on its successful A$90m IPO and ASX listing.

    Australia > Competition and trade Tier 3

    In addition to regularly receiving instructions from the ACCC in respect of market-shaping transactions and enforcement proceedings, DLA Piper's competition and regulatory team advises a number of major Australian companies on high-profile contentious and non-contentious matters across the full spectrum of competition and trade law. Melbourne-based practice chair Simon Uthmeyer is noted for his experience in merger clearances, cartel investigations, anticompetitive business practices, and abuse of dominance issues. John Fogarty is an experienced litigator who specialises in regulatory enforcement matters, while Fleur Gibbons focuses on competition and access law, as well as economic regulatory requirements.

    Practice head(s):

    Simon Uthmeyer

    Other key lawyers:

    Fleur Gibbons; John Fogarty

    Key clients

    Perth Airport

    Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

    CitiPower, Powercor and United Energy

    Australian Securities and Investments Commission

    Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal

    Cairns Airport

    Gold Coast Airport

    Australian Health Services Alliance

    Australian Airports Association

    Lake Vermont Resources

    Queensland Competition Authority

    Work highlights

    • Represented Perth Airport in proceedings against Qantas to recover unpaid airport usage charges on the basis of a claim in Quantum Meruit.
    • Acted for the ACCC when Virtus notified the ACCC of its intention to acquire Adora Fertility on 30 August 2021 and subsequently provided very limited information.
    • Advised ASIC in an investigation into ANZ Banking Group (ANZ) concerning allegations that ANZ overstated credit card balances.

    Australia > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

    At DLA Piper, the team ensures that its capabilities closely map the sectors trending in the Australian market, which most recently has included technology – including fintech – energy, and natural resources. Grant Koch heads up both the corporate and private equity offerings from Sydney, with Lyndon Masters and Shane Bilardi providing support from the Brisbane and Melbourne offices, respectively. The practice spans the full gamut of corporate and commercial work, spanning recapitalisations, unregulated takeovers, share buybacks, employee incentive schemes, and distressed M&A, amongst others.

    Practice head(s):

    Grant Koch

    Other key lawyers:


    ‘Excellent commercial advice appropriate for the recipient, pro-active, responsive. Very good knowledge of the market generally as well as what is appropriate for M&A transactions.’

    ‘Lyndon Masters was one of the best corporate partners I have ever worked with. He very quickly gained an excellent understanding of the drivers for our business and from there was able to tailor advice and assistance so that it was commercial and appropriate while still ensuring all our legal bases were covered and protected.’

    ‘Collaborative, proactive, and responsive.’

    ‘DLA’s differentiator is the people – their experience, collaboration and delivery to clients.’

    ‘Grant Koch is exceptionally well-versed in the PE space. He continually anticipates throughout projects and clearly communicates options and gives a commercial opinion – which is rare amongst his peers. He leads an energetic and proactive team who are considerate of client needs.’

    Key clients

    Link Administration Pty Limited

    Deswik Group Pty Ltd (selling shareholders)

    POSCO International Corporation

    Washington H. Soul Pattinson, Portland House Investments, Metrics Credit Partners (as selling shareholders)

    Stantec Australia Pty Ltd |Cardno Limited

    Ares Management Corporation

    Link Mobility Group AS

    Intermediate Capital Group (Singapore) Pte Limited

    Zijin Mining Group Co, Ltd

    Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm Pty Ltd

    Hawaiki Subsea Cable

    AVZ Minerals Limited


    James Jones and Sons Limited

    Life360 Inc.

    Busy Bees Early Learning Australia Pty Ltd


    Solar United Network Pte. Ltd.


    Work highlights

    • Advised Link Group on the competitive sale process initiated by the client in respect of its 44.18% interest in digital property settlements platform PEXA.
    • Advised POSCO International, a separately-listed trading arm of South Korea’s steel group POSCO, on its proposed A$860m acquisition of public Australian gas producer Senex Energy.
    • Advised Ares Management Corporation on its purchase of AMP Capital’s infrastructure debt investment management platform.

    Australia > Dispute resolution: class actions Tier 3

    Set within the firm’s broader litigation and regulatory team, which is led by Cameron Maclean from Perth, DLA Piper's class actions offering boasts experience across shareholder, consumer, and professional negligence matters. Melbourne-based Kieran O’Brien, global co-chair of the firm’s class actions and mass torts group, is active in areas including employee and product liability claims, while Tricia Hobson and James Morse, both in Sydney, are key contacts for clients in the insurance industry; a major sector focus for the firm.

    Practice head(s):

    Cameron Maclean; Kieran O’Brien

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Arnold Bloch Leibler


    Pfizer Australia / Pfizer Inc

    Work highlights

    • Defending Domino’s in an industrial relations class action filed in the Federal Court of Australia.
    • Acting in the Arnold Bloch Leibler class action, commenced in September 2017 by Slater & Gordon’s shareholders as a result of the fall in Slater & Gordon’s share price following the acquisition of the UK-based Professional Services Division from Quindell Plc (PSD) by Slater & Gordon in 2015 for $1.2 billion.

    Australia > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

    Litigation and regulatory practice head Cameron Maclean steers a team with broad experience and national reach – including in class actions and arbitrations with strong international dimension – from DLA Piper‘s Perth office, where construction specialist Richard Edwards is also a key name to note. Gitanjali Bajaj is a central figure in Sydney, possessing particular experience in complex project work in the energy, defence, and construction and infrastructure sectors. Beyond Sydney and Perth, Liam Prescott in Brisbane and Gowri Kangeson in Melbourne are also recommended. Tricia Hobson, who joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in July 2022, is noted for her insurance expertise.

    Practice head(s):

    Cameron Maclean

    Other key lawyers:

    Gitanjali Bajaj; Richard Edwards; Liam Prescott; Gowri Kangeson; Kieran O’Brien; Natalie Caton; Shane Murphy; Tricia Hobson; John Fogarty; Matthew Spain


    ‘They take the time to understand the business and its needs in order to provide practical commercial solutions.’

    ‘Excellent experience. Truly commercial. Deep bench.’

    ‘Richard Edwards is a very experienced thought leader.’

    ‘Liam Prescott is a true thought leader.’

    ‘Peter Borg is great with details.’

    ‘Matthew Spain is an outstanding lawyer. He is always calm under pressure and provides valuable advice and support whenever needed. He takes away my stresses in the knowledge I have that he is working on ensuring my matters can be appropriately resolved.’

    Key clients



    Arnold Block Leibler

    Basslink Pty Ltd


    Cotton On Group

    Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd

    Downer Group


    Hyundai Rotem Company



    JKC Australia LNG Pty Ltd


    Lantern Claims Pty Ltd (subsidiary of Inloop Pty Ltd)


    Medtronic Australasia Pty Ltd

    Perth Airport


    Queensland Airports

    Soletanche Freyssinet

    Steadfast Australia

    Suez Water

    Swiss Re

    Thales Australia

    Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR)


    Work highlights

    • Represented Perth Airport in proceedings against Qantas to recover unpaid airport usage charges on the basis of a claim in Quantum Meruit.
    • Defending Domino’s in a complicated and high profile industrial relations class action filed in the Federal Court of Australia.
    • Acting in an industry wide test case commenced by five insurers (Swiss Re, Chubb Insurance Australia Limited, Guild Insurance Limited, Allianz Australia Insurance Limited and Insurance Australia Limited) with the consent of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority and support of the insurance industry peak body, the Insurance Council of Australia.

    Australia > Energy (transactions and regulatory) Tier 3

    DLA Piper‘s energy and natural resources team is highly reputed for its ability to advise on renewable energy deals. The cross-disciplinary offering comprises a range of specialists across various practice groups, including finance, restructuring, regulatory and tax. The team is led by Alex Jones, a specialist mining and natural resources lawyer who advises clients in relation to acquisitions, feasibility assessments, and the development and operation of major infrastructure projects. Stephen Webb has extensive experience in international project across the energy and infrastructure sectors. Kate Muller is no longer at the firm.

    Practice head(s):

    Alex Jones

    Other key lawyers:

    Stephen Webb; Fleur Gibbons; Alex Regan; Rhys Davies


    ‘The leading firm for renewable and infrastructure M&A. The legal support and drive to bring a transaction to success, paired with an approachable and responsive deal team.’

    ‘Chris Mitchell possesses exceptional industry knowledge and legal skills; always approachable and extremely quick and flawless work; great soft skill set to handle the most difficult situations. The best for renewable M&A.’

    Key clients

    Strike Energy


    Solar United Network (SUN Energy group)

    BE Power Energy

    SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Pty Ltd

    BlackRock Financial Management, Inc

    Carnavaron Energy Limited / FutureEnergy Australia Pty Ltd

    Banpu Energy Australia Pty Limited

    Merricks Capital

    Bellevue Gold and Golden Spur Resource Pty Ltd

    Senex Energy Limited


    Work highlights

    • Acting for Strike Energy in relation to a proposed AUD 3bn urea fertiliser production facility project to be built in the Mid-West region of Western Australia.
    • Advising Engie on all aspects of the development of a renewable hydrogen production facility proposed to be constructed and operated within the existing lease boundaries of a liquid ammonia plant on the Burrup Peninsula in Western Australia.
    • Advising the SUN Energy group, a leading solar project developer in Indonesia, in relation to its acquisition from Risen Energy of the Merredin Solar Farm, Western Australia.

    Australia > IT and telecoms Tier 3

    A diverse roster of fast-growing, international technology, IT, and e-commerce companies turn to DLA Piper for its capabilities in a variety of cross-border projects. The team is lauded by clients as, ‘the market leader in advising on outsourcing contracts‘, an ares in which Sydney-based data protection and cybersecurity specialist Nicholas Boyle draws particularly high praise. ‘Commercially pragmatic‘ Melbourne-based practice head Tim Lyons also works on the procurement elements of outsourcing transactions, while the Sydney-based Anthony Lloyd – global co-chair of the firm’s technology transactions and strategic sourcing group – counts a number of major financial services companies among his client base. At associate level, Sarah Dolan is noted for her 'deep understanding of risk beyond the contractual T&Cs'.

    Practice head(s):

    Tim Lyons

    Other key lawyers:


    ‘The team has a lot of experience in working closely with in-house commercial and technology teams, which makes their advice and support incredibly user-friendly. I also value the diversity within the team, and how approachable and friendly the team is in general – which makes working with them a pleasure.’

    ‘Nicholas Boyle is a stand-out partner, delivering excellent and cost-effective service and expertise. I value Nick’s intellect, pragmatism, commerciality and honesty – very much a trusted adviser.’

    ‘For me, the DLA team are the market leader in advising on outsourcing contracts. Very easy to work with, very flexible, excellent commercially focus and focused on solving client problems. Provides pragmatic advice. They are also leaders in interpreting market-specific regulations impacting regulated industries, such as banking and insurance.’

    ‘Nicholas Boyle is brilliant and the best outsourcing lawyer at DLA Piper in Australia.’

    ‘Tim Lyons very quickly identifies and focuses on the transactional points important to me and then provides commercially pragmatic advice tailored to situation and to the level of detail that I am looking for.’

    ‘What has made the team I have used in DLA Piper is their deep commercial understanding of the industries and the ability to translate them into tangible requirements.’

    ‘Sarah Dolan has a deep understanding of risk beyond the contractual T&Cs. She is able to provide a great articulation of what an organisation should or should not agree to, brings a very rich experience and background to the discussions, and still ensures that the language aligns to the customers.’

    Key clients

    Australian Financial Complaints Authority

    Victorian Department of Transport

    Life360, Inc.

    Worley Limited

    Basslink Pty Ltd

    Victoria Police


    Goulburn-Murray Rural Water Corporation

    Endeavour Energy



    Australian Technology Innovators

    Work highlights

    • Advised Australia’s independent financial ombudsman, the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA), in relation to its landmark ‘Digital Modernisation Programme’, which seeks to digitise and contemporise its customer- and member-facing operations.
    • Assisted the Department of Transport with its procurement of a Situational Awareness Solution for the Victorian road transport network.
    • Advised Worley Limited on its multi-jurisdictional outsourcing programme of its IT service desk and support services, HR functions, finance and accounting operations, and applications development and maintenance.

    Australia > Labour and employment Tier 3

    With a team working across offices in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, the labour and employment team at DLA Piper assists high-profile corporates and financial institutions on the gamut of contentious and non-contentious matters, including transactional support compliance issues, executive exits, and harassment and discrimination claims. Headed by Sydney-based Nicholas Turner, a specialist in cross-border employment structuring, the group’s diverse client portfolio spans the tech, life sciences, financial services, health, food and beverages, insurance and retail sectors. Beyond Turner, key names to note include industrial relations strategist Rick Catanzariti and experienced employment litigator Leanne Nickels, based in Melbourne and Perth, respectively. Joanne Leveridge in Perth and Clancy King in Sydney were both promoted to special counsel in May 2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Nicholas Turner


    ‘Clancy King is an amazing legal partner to work with!’

    ‘Leanne Nickels, partner, is a very knowledgeable lawyer that considers matters from a legal and commercial perspective. Her advice is practical and well considered, and she is always available to assist with urgent matters.’

    ‘Clancy King is a great example of what a good partner should be – she is responsive and knowledgeable. Nicholas Turner leads a strong employment practice.’

    Key clients

    Victorian Managed Insurance Agency



    Byrnecut Mining


    Bristow Helicopters

    Talent Konnects

    Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm

    Amazon Web Services

    Busy Bees Australia


    Work highlights

    • Provided for the Victorian Managed Insurance Agency the successful defence of more than 50 termination of employment claims since made by employees against various public hospitals, state government bodies, religious bodies, financial institutions and infrastructure providers who have been dismissed for non-compliance with health order mandating workplace vaccinations.
    • Represented Airnorth in a dispute lodged by the employees under an enterprise agreement, leading to findings in favour of the employer’s approach to consultation under the enterprise agreement.
    • Acting for Block in all Australian employment matters following its successful acquisition of Afterpay including integration and restructuring, employment claims, WGEA reporting comprehensive review of modern award frameworks.

    Australia > Native title Tier 3

    Folded into its finance, projects and restructuring practice, the native title group at DLA Piper coordinates with its business and human rights teams in London on sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters, and to advise proponents on Aboriginal heritage issues across the mining, infrastructure, oil and gas, renewables and real estate sectors. Regulatory expert Rhys Davies leads the team - dividing his time between the firm's Perth and Melbourne offices. He is supported by special counsel Katherine Perincek, based in Perth.

    Practice head(s):

    Rhys Davies

    Other key lawyers:

    Australia > Natural resources (transactions and regulatory) Tier 3

    The cross-practice energy and natural resources group at DLA Piper comprises specialists in a number of different industries, including finance, corporate, litigation, and tax. Leveraging the firm’s global network of offices, the team is able to take on a significant volume of cross-border work arising from a number of jurisdictions. The team is headed up by global energy co-chair Alex Jones, a specialist mining lawyer acting for prominent mining companies on domestic and offshore projects. Rhys Davies is the firm’s international sustainability and ESG lead, specialising in native title and cultural heritage for mining and infrastructure projects, while special counsel Joanne Steer advises clients in the hard rock mining industry on acquisitions, disposals, and development matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Alex Jones

    Other key lawyers:

    Rhys Davies; Alex Regan; James Nicholls; Joanne Steer; Matthew Roberts


    ‘High level knowledge of the law that enables practical advice that can be easily acted upon.’

    ‘Jo Steer and Alex Jones stand out because they are leaders in their field, knowing not only the current legal trends but also what commercial aspects counter-parties are asking for in documentation.’

    ‘A team of very competent & skilled lawyers at all levels.’

    ‘Impressive succinctness and timeliness of advice.’

    ‘Alex Jones possesses a depth of experience and practical knowledge in all aspects of the natural resources industry.’

    ‘Matt Roberts is succinct in his advice and timely with deadlines.’

    Key clients

    AVZ Minerals

    EV Metals

    Leichhardt Industrials

    Zijin Mining Group Co., Ltd



    OZ Minerals

    Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan


    The Autoridade Nacional Do Petróleo e Minerais (ANPM)

    Senex Energy Limited

    Genesis Minerals Limited

    API Management Pty Limited

    Kingrose Mining Limited

    Resolute Minerals Limited

    Pilbara Minerals

    Extension Hill Pty Ltd

    Recharge Metals Limited

    Suez Water

    Bellevue Gold and Golden Spur Resources Pty Ltd

    Riversgold Ltd

    Sandfire Resources Limited

    Somalia Ministry of Mines

    Regis Resources Limited

    Work highlights

    • Acting for AVZ Minerals in relation to the USD 500m+ Manono Lithium and Tin Project, a large mine in a remote eastern province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
    • Acting for EV Metals Group plc in relation to the development of a USD 3bn integrated battery chemicals complex in Saudi Arabia.
    • Acting as project lawyers on the development of the Eramurra Solar Salt Project in Western Australia.

    Australia > Project finance Tier 3

    Australia > Real estate Tier 3

    Praised for its ‘broad expertise across a variety of asset classes‘, the real estate team at DLA Piper fields a number of specialists whose expertise collectively encompasses environmental, tax, zoning, and Foreign Investment Review Board matters. Practice group head Les Koltai and ‘knowledgeableKate Pickthall are among the key names to note, in addition to the ‘responsive and pragmatic’ Carolyn Harding-Smith, who advises on major development projects and complex leasing transactions. All named lawyers are based in Sydney.

    Practice head(s):

    Les Koltai

    Other key lawyers:


    ‘The real estate team have broad expertise across a variety of asset classes and they consistently deliver on complex transactions. The team includes specialist FIRB, environmental, tax and zoning advisers which means they can easily address niche deal issues and provide a full service.’

    ‘Kate Pickthall is knowledgeable and easy to work with. She has greatly assisted our team deliver results by owning matters and driving deals to closing.’

    ‘Carolyn Harding-Smith is responsive and pragmatic.’

    ‘Extensive commercial acumen applied within a legal framework. Willingness to engage with the client and not patronise them.’

    ‘The team think of all commercial scenarios to protect my risk profile and appetite. Range of styles to suit range of client styles. Seeks relevant advice from other members of firm to address client issues.’

    ‘The partner I worked with is very experienced and know the market very well. Together with their construction team, they give us 360 degree of service.’

    ‘Really commercial and always responsive. Well prepared documentation, leadership during negotiation, and commercial mindset to solve problems are the key strengths.’

    Key clients


    Busy Bees



    Shenhua Watermark Coal Pty Limited

    AVID Property Group

    Finbar Group Limited

    WA Cricket Association Ltd


    Curtin University


    T.G.B. Holdings Pty Ltd

    AM Alpha

    Hydrostor / Energy Estate

    Work highlights

    • Acted for PAYCE in relation to its sale of a 14-hectare future industrial estate and logistics hub to the Mirvac and Morgan Stanley Real Estate-sponsored investment vehicle joint venture.
    • Acted for AirTrunk on the acquisition of a new site in Western Sydney.
    • Acting for Western Australian Cricket Association on the WACA Ground Redevelopment Project.

    Australia > Tax Tier 3

    Powered by offices in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, the tax team at DLA Piper utilises its global footprint to advise a diverse roster of household-name multinationals involved in high-value, cross-border transactions and complex tax litigation. Headed by veteran practitioner Jock McCormack, the team’s comprehensive service extends to debt and equity structuring, divestments, transfer pricing, and tax aspects of major projects. The team is supported by Eddie Ahn, an expert in tax structuring acquisitions and internal corporate reorganisations, and Paul McNab , who specialises in tax controversy matters and managing audits by the ATO. At senior associate level, Jun Au and Kenny Mui are among the key names to note. The practice’s active client base spans the tech, oil and gas, financial services, real estate and infrastructure sectors. Partner Adam Smith in Melbourne, known for his work advising on insurance tax matters, arrived from Norton Rose Fulbright in June 2022. All the lawyers mentioned work in Sydney unless noted otherwise.

    Practice head(s):

    Jock McCormack


    ‘Paul McNab is very well-versed in multinational companies investing into Australia. From an industry perspective, he is very strong on technology industry and software/SAAS issues.’

    Key clients

    Ares Management Corporation

    Insight Data Solutions

    Future Super

    Shenhua Watermark Coal Pty Limited

    AIP Asset Management

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Ares on the tax aspects of its proposed AUD$6bn takeover of AMP.
    • Advised this Korea-based AIP Asset Management on the AUD$780m portfolio sale of four Australian commercial office properties to Charter Hall.
    • Acted for Shenhua Watermark Coal Pty Ltd (SWC) on the tax aspects of the sale of its significant agricultural property aggregation, including 6,000 hectares to the NSW Government and 45 different properties to various agricultural purchasers.

    Australia > White-collar crime Tier 3

    DLA Piper‘s litigation and regulatory team works on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, with particular experience dealing with and acting for regulators at both state and federal level. Brisbane-based team lead Natalie Caton is a treble-qualified (New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Australia) partner who possesses particular expertise in the regulatory and investigations space. In Melbourne, competition specialist John Fogarty and class actions and financial services litigator Matthew Spain are also noted.

    Practice head(s):

    Natalie Caton

    Other key lawyers:


    ‘Very practical and cost conscious, which takes some effort in an area in which costs can quickly escalate.’

    ‘Natalie Caton makes herself available at very short notice and provided on-the-spot, practical guidance for a team which had never dealt with these issues before.’

    ‘The team is always looking for solutions, even to the knottiest of problems in challenging jurisdictions. They’re a pleasure to partner with.’

    ‘Natalie Caton is a phenomenal professional. Client interests are always front and center, and she’s a gifted, creative problem solver, often thinking of out-of-the box ways to help her clients.’

    Key clients

    Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation

    The Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCCC)

    Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

    Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

    Work highlights

    • Advising various clients across the funds, insurance, technology, and mining/resources sectors in relation to the developments of the sanctions imposed by the Australian Government against Russia following the escalation of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
    • Acting for the VCGLR in relation to the Royal Commission into the Casino Operator and Licence and the implementation of its recommendations.
    • Advising a large multinational company in relation to concerns of bribery and corruption occurring in a Papua New Guinea based joint venture operation.

    Australia > Banking and finance Tier 4

    Australia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

    Sitting within the firm’s wider global restructuring group, DLA Piper handles a range of cross-border, often multi-jurisdictional instructions from debtors and creditors alike. Underpinned by its international capabilities, the team’s broad sector coverage encompasses defence, pharmaceuticals, steel and materials, property, and retail. The practice is co-headed by Onno Bakker and Lionel Meehan, who work out of Sydney and Melbourne, respectively. Meehan, in particular, has a strong track record working on restructuring cases for distressed Japanese investors in Australia, as well as other investors in Australian based in Asia.

    Practice head(s):

    Onno Bakker; Lionel Meehan

    Key clients

    Sprott Resource Finance

    Palla Pharma Limited – ASX listed company – and its directors

    Mitsubishi Australia Ltd

    Basslink Pty Ltd, and its Singaporean parent Keppel Infrastructure Trust (KIT)

    Swiss Bankruptcy Office of Geneva

    Salt Lake Potash Limited – ASX listed

    Victorian Government

    Stainless Designs Pty Ltd

    San Miguel Energy Corporation

    Unilog Inc

    Daniel Castles

    LMSD (Vic) Ltd

    HSBC Bank Australia Ltd

    Suncorp Group Limited

    Ernst & Young

    FTI Consulting (Australia) Pty Ltd

    Bank of Queensland Limited

    Westpac Banking Corporation

    Global co-chairs: Frank W Ryan and Jon Hayes
    Co-chief executive officers: Simon Levine and Frank W Ryan
    Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
    Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

    Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.

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    DLA Piper has a leading pro bono practice, providing over 200,000 hours’ worth of legal support annually to charities, NGOs, governments in least developed countries and vulnerable individuals around the world. We are one of the largest providers of pro bono legal services globally. Our thriving practice provides support for aforementioned organisations on a wide range of areas that are critical to their missions. This includes research, legal advice and strategic counsel. The global team works collaboratively to ensure a global impact on our key strategic focus areas including: forcible displacement, statelessness, gender-based violence, climate justice, and good governance.

    In the Asia Pacific region, we deliver cutting edge pro bono programs. This includes our Know Your Rights Program, focused on fostering legal empowerment for migrants and refugees, and delivering practical legal skills programs to students in developing Pacific Island Nations. We also advise on gender based violence through our partnership with the RainLily Clinic (Hong Kong) and the Refugee Legal Family Violence Clinic (Australia).

    Our Pro Bono program is led by a dedicated team of pro bono lawyers who sit within the international Responsible Business Team. As a team we are committed to looking for opportunities to use our strength as a leading global law firm to make a positive contribution to the world around us. We are focused on being a truly sustainable business, makes a positive social and environmental impact. This commitment exists at every level within the firm and is part of our culture.

    Our Responsible Business team works internationally on a vast array of ESG topics, aligning to the firm’s ESG strategic priorities. This includes advising on key environmental and conservation matters, working on projects relating to illegal wildlife trafficking, climate and conservation. We also work to promote and invest in projects that advance sustainable development and the rule of law in developing nations.

    DLA Piper’s pro bono work forms part of the firm’s wider Sustainability & ESG Strategy, focused on understanding, measuring and managing the firm’s impact in four key areas – our people, clients and suppliers, environment, and society. These focus areas are identified through a formal materiality assessment. We also report on our progress annually via our Sustainability Report. Our ambitions and actions align with globally accepted standards and frameworks (e.g. the UN Global Compact, Business Ambition for 1.5, Science Based Targets initiative, Mindful Business Charter, and others).

    We are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn’t just about visible differences, it’s the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it’s crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued. In 2021, we launched our global diversity and inclusions goals, including ensuring that at least 30% of our partnership is made up of women by 2025 (and 40% by 2030). Our employee networks play a crucial part in helping us learn, reflect and share our experiences in diversity and inclusion.