Hall & Wilcox is a leading independent Australian law firm of around 750 people including more than 90 partners delivering outstanding legal services to corporate, public sector and private clients, both Australian-based and those offshore doing business in Australia.
We have offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Darwin.
Our purpose is to enable our clients, people and communities to thrive, by practicing Smarter Law, our response to disruption in the legal industry. Hall & Wilcox supports clients to achieve their business objectives and prosper during times of change.
Banking & Finance
Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Initial Coin Offerings
Competition & Consumer Law
Corporate & Commercial Law
Employment & Workplace Relations
Health & Community
Insolvency & Reconstruction
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Mergers & Acquisitions
Property & Projects
Regulatory & Compliance
Sports & Entertainment
Technology & Digital Economy
October 2022: Hall & Wilcox (Australia: Melbourne) announced it welcomed new partner Stefan Fenk, an experienced construction lawyer, who predominantly handles construction and projects disputes. Stefan will also play a key role on the firm’s German desk. Hall & Wilcox won Law Firm of the Year at Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards 2022. Additionally, Managing Partner Tony Macvean and partners John Hutchinson and Ed Paton have been recognized in Doyle’s Guide 2022 for Corporate Law and Business & Commercial Law. The firm was also named a leading corporate law firm in Doyle’s Guide. Partners Martin Ross and James Deady and Special Counsel Mark Lebbon assisted the Australian Football League with the A$4.5 billion media rights deal recently announced. Hall & Wilcox also advised Maggie Beer Holdings on its strategic divestment of St David Dairy. Partner James Morvell and Special Counsel Vanessa Murphy led the Hall & Wilcox team. Additionally, the firm held Tech Week, a program of events with registrations nearing 2,000, where industry leaders discussed the latest developments, issues and emerging trends in technology, innovation and law. Topics included innovation and data, cyber, crypto, blockchain, taking tech businesses to market – capital raising and corporate transactions, and how companies innovatively use technology to solve problems. The firm also announced it has five finalists in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2022 – partners Penelope Ford and Ilona Strong for Partner of the Year, Barbara Casado for Special Counsel of the Year, Tamara Charlwood for Rising Star of the Year and Briele Heath for Marketing Communications Professional of the Year. The firm is also a finalist for Innovator of the Year and Diversity Law Firm of the Year. Hall & Wilcox has been recognized as a 5-Star Employer of Choice 2022 by Australasian Lawyer. Partners William Moore, James Whiley and Emma Woolley, Special Counsel Claire Hawke-Gundill and Senior Associate Sam Baring have been recognized in Doyle’s Guide 2022 for Wills, Estates & Succession Planning. William, Emma and Claire were additionally recognized for Wills & Estate Litigation. Our Victorian, New South Wales and Western Australian teams were also recognized.
Hall & Wilcox announced it has been named a finalist for Professional Services Firm of the Year in the Australian Insurance Industry Awards, organized by the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF). Managing Partner Tony Macvean and Partner Fay Calderone have been recognized in Australasian Lawyer‘s Most Influential Lawyers 2022. Fay Calderone was also named Employment Partner of the Year in the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards 2022. The firm’s Private Clients team and partners William Moore, Emma Woolley and James Whiley have been recognized in Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide 2022 for Private Wealth Law in Australia. Nathan Kennedy has been appointed the firm’s first full-time Pro Bono & Community partner. In 2021, Hall & Wilcox contributed over 14,500 pro bono legal hours, a record for the firm. A number of partners from across the firm – Kathryn Howard, Chris Brown, Scott Butler, Wayne Kelcey, Mark Petrucco, Hector West and Graydon Dowd – have been recognized in Doyle’s Guide in their respective fields. The firm also advised Islamic Bank Australia on becoming the first Islamic bank licensed in Australia, Kilara Capital on the establishment of a $34 million growth fund, Spirit Super on the divestment of its interest in two foreign currency denominated syndicated loans to separate European infrastructure entities, and not-for-profit group HOPE Housing Fund Management Limited on an innovative shared equity housing arrangement to help essential workers own a home closer to work.
July 2022: Hall & Wilcox (Australia: Melbourne) announced it has joined the United Nations Global Compact and has also announced a commitment to being carbon neutral and developing a strategy for a net zero future. At the Australasian Law Awards 2022, Hall & Wilcox won Law Firm of the Year (101-500 Lawyers), Law Firm Leader of the Year (>200 Employees): Tony Macvean, and Diversity Initiative of the Year. Partners Alison Choy Flannigan and Brad Marland and the firm’s New South Wales and Queensland state teams have been recognised in Doyle’s Guide 2022 for Health & Aged Care Law. A cross-practice Hall & Wilcox team, led by Partner Oliver Jankowsky, advised Deluxe Small Business Sales, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of NYSE-listed Deluxe Corporation, on the sale of all its shares in Hostopia Australia Holding Co Pty Ltd to Newfold Digital, Inc. The firm has opened applications for its Frank Lab 2022 startup accelerator, with this year’s program focusing on innovation in technology and the digital economy. The firm also announced they have made a record 46 promotions: 10 partners, 15 special counsel, 15 senior associations and six senior corporate services promotions. These internal promotions are in addition to the eight lateral partners appointed in the past 12 months, and reflect continued firm growth, strong client support and a commitment to advancing and supporting the careers of its people. The firm also announced their Technology & Digital Economy Industry Leaders are thrilled to launch their inaugural Tech Week, where key industry speakers will discuss the latest issues on technology, innovation and law. They are delighted to have high caliber industry experts share their valuable insight on topics including innovation and data, cyber, crypto, blockchain, venture capital: taking tech to market, and how companies innovatively use technology to solve problems. The firm also announced they have been named a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards 2022 for Law Firm of the Year, Pro Bono Program of the Year, Wellness Initiative of the Year, Managing Partner of the Year – Tony Macvean, and Litigator of the Year – Graydon Dowd. In addition, the firm has five finalists in the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards: Employment Partner of the Year – Fay Calderone, Health Partner of the Year – Alison Choy Flannigan, Dispute Resolution Partner of the Year – Graydon Dowd, Mergers & Acquisitions Partner of the Year – Oliver Jankowsky, and Insurance Partner of the Year Matt McDonald. Scott Butler and Graydon Dowd have been recognized in Doyle’s Guide 2022 for Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution in Queensland and Victoria, respectively. Further, a Hall & Wilcox team, led by Corporate & Commercial Partner James Morvell, has advised Lumi Interactive, an Australian female-founded team of game developers, on its US$6.75 million (approximately A$9.76 million) series seed priced equity capital raise round. The firm has partnered with the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia and host the 2022 AmCham Global Leadership Academy, a program for high-potential corporate leaders in Australia, with participants nominated by their CEO/Chair.
May 2022: Hall & Wilcox (Melbourne) announced they advised UK-headquartered architectural practice Weston Williamson + Partners on the Australian aspects of the company’s sale to major consulting and engineering group Egis. M&A Partner Oliver Jankowsky led the Hall & Wilcox team, which included partners Karl Rozenbergs (employment), Aliso
Hall & Wilcox also announced the firm appointed Partner Brad Marland, expanding the firm’s national real estate and broader Queensland commercial capability, and Partner Priya Paquet, adding further depth and capability to the firm’s insurance practice, particularly in financial and property/recoveries lines. 91 Hall & Wilcox lawyers have been named in the 2023 Best Lawyers in Australia, including six awarded ‘Lawyer of the Year’: Managing Partner Tony Macvean (Corporate Law, Melbourne), and partners Paul Baxter (Personal Injury Litigation, Brisbane), Stephanie Driscoll (Personal Injury Litigation, Perth), Mark Inston (Asset Finance Law, Melbourne) and Martin Ross (Sports Law, Melbourne), and Special Counsel Ceri McDonald (Insurance Law, Brisbane). The firm’s Victorian and NSW Property & Projects teams and partners Natalie Bannister, Jane Baddeley and Jennifer Degotardi have been recognised in Doyle’s Guide 2022 for their expertise in Property & Real Estate Law and Leasing Law.
January 2022: Hall & Wilcox (Australia: Melbourne) has expanded its national projects and infrastructure expertise with the appointment of Partner Catie Moore, and strengthened its commercial practice with the addition of Partner Emma Leys, Special Counsel Claire Hawke-Gundill and their team. Alison Choy Flannigan was named Health Partner of the Year, Mark Inston was named Banking & Finance Partner of the Year, and Fay Calderone was named Wellness Advocate of the Year at the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards 2021. Partners Katrina Reye, Ilona Strong and Fay Calderone were included in Australasian Lawyer’s Elite Women 2021 showcase of the 50 leading women in law, nationally. Fay Calderone was also named a 5-Star Employment Lawyer by Human Resources Director. The firm’s insurance practice attorneys were recognized in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2021 for their expertise in Public & Product Liability Law (Defendant), Compulsory Third Party Insurance Law, Professional Indemnity Law, Medical Negligence Law, Dust Diseases Law, Workers Compensation and WorkCover Law. Partners Andrew O’Bryan, Frank Hinoporos and Michael Parker as well as the firm’s Victorian Tax team have been recognized in Doyle’s Guide 2021 for their expertise in Tax Law in Victoria. The firm has also been named an Employer of Choice 2021 by Australasian Lawyer, listed as one of 15 firms ranked in the Australasian Lawyer Fast Firms 2021 report, and has seven individual finalists in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2021 as well as being shortlisted for two firm awards – Innovator of the Year (Firm) for its PPSA Checklist and Diversity Law Firm of the Year. The individual finalists are: Natalie Bannister, Alison Choy Flannigan, Kelli Stallard, Fay Calderone, Melinda Bell, Ella Simmons and Briele Heath. In Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific 2022 guide, firm partners Mark Dunphy, John Gray, Meg Lee, Matt McDonald, Peter Murray, Harry New, Martin Ross and Chris Sacré were all individually ranked. The firm’s ranked practice groups are Dispute Resolution, Employment (Victoria and New South Wales), Financial Services Regulation, Insurance Defence, Investment Funds, Real Estate, Sports Law and Tax. In The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 guide, Hall & Wilcox is recommended in 13 practice areas, and 52 of the firm’s individuals were mentioned, including Partner Martin Ross, who was named a leading individual in the elite ‘Leading lawyers’ group for media and entertainment.
November 2021: Hall & Wilcox (Melbourne Australia) has appointed three new partners: Clare Campbell, Sauming Chan and Jim Koutsokostas. Managing Partner Tony Macvean said the promotions reflected the firm’s national growth, strong client support and high performance across the business. Hall & Wilcox is a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards 2021 in five categories: Law Firm of the Year, Employer of Choice, Wellness Initiative of the Year, Innovator of the Year (Company) and Banking and Finance Team of the Year. Partners Scott Butler and Graydon Dowd have been recognised in Doyle’s Guide 2021 for their commercial litigation and dispute resolution expertise in Queensland and Victoria respectively. Also in Doyle’s Guide, Partner Alison Choy Flannigan and the firm’s NSW and VIC Health & Community teams were recognised for Health & Aged Care law. Seven of the firm’s partners are finalists in the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards: Mark Inston – Banking and Finance; Graydon Dowd – Dispute Resolution; Harry New – Financial Services; Alison Choy Flannigan – Health; Stephanie Driscoll – Insurance; Ben Hamilton – Intellectual Property; and Fay Calderone for Wellness Advocate of the Year. The firm welcomed its 100th partner, Penny Ford, who will boost the firm’s national commercial disputes expertise. Penny joins the firm’s Perth office and is a high-profile construction and projects disputes lawyer and commercial litigator. The firm has been listed in Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide 2021 for Private Wealth Law in Australia, with partners William Moore, Emma Woolley and James Whiley being recognised. The firm has advised the Victorian Pride Centre, Australia’s first purpose-built centre for LGBTIQ+ people, which was officially opened on 11 July 2021. The team, led by Partner James Morvell, has been the Pride Centre’s primary pro bono legal provider since 2016. The firm is now a member of Pride in Diversity, the national not-for-profit employer support program for LGBTI+ workplace inclusion and has been named an ‘LGBTI Inclusive Employer’. Hall & Wilcox’s Frank Lab 2021 accelerator program for start-ups and scaleups has begun, with 10 female-led businesses selected to participate. The 2021 program focuses on female-led businesses and will specifically target key concerns for women working in start-ups. The firm has been named a finalist in the Hunter Business Awards 2021 for ‘Outstanding Employer of Choice’. Hall & Wilcox has won a number of awards recently: ‘Outstanding Law Firm of the Year’ in the NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards; a finalist in the ‘Professional Services Firm of the Year’ category at the ANZIIF Australian Insurance Industry Awards 2021; was named one of the top 10 firms in the ‘Top 25 Attraction Firms’ by Lawyers Weekly; and a ‘5-Star Cyber Law Firm’ by Australasian Lawyer.
June 2021: Hall & Wilcox (Melbourne, Australia) had 61 lawyers from the firm named in the 2022 Best Lawyers in Australia. Five partners were awarded ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in the list: Anne MacNamara (Wealth Management/Succession Planning Practice, Sydney), Drew Castley (Ethics and Professional Responsibility Practice, Brisbane), Kelli Stallard (Product Liability Litigation, Brisbane), John Hutchinson (Funds Management, Melbourne) and Meg Lee (Land Use and Zoning Law, Melbourne). In Doyle’s Guide 2021, Partner Jane Baddeley has been recognized for Property & Real Estate and Leasing law, Partner Martin Ross for Technology, Media & Telecommunications law, and John Gray for Intellectual Property law and Technology, Media & Telecommunications law. Hall & Wilcox also welcomed two new partners – Brendan Tobin, who will boost the firm’s national planning and environment; and Tim Ainsworth, who will add further depth to the firm’s workers compensation team. In further news, Hall & Wilcox won two Excellence Awards in the Australasian Law Awards 2021: Law Firm of the Year (101-500 lawyers) and Diversity Initiative of the Year, and two of the firm’s lawyers have been named finalists in the Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards 2021: Alex Armstrong-Millar (Employment and Workplace Relations) and Ellie McGrory (Insurance). In a market-first, the firm launched its online PPSA Checklist, an issue-spotting tool to help insolvency and reconstruction practitioners streamline their assessment of creditor claims. Managing Partner Tony Macvean, along with CEOs from more than 100 organizations, joined forces with the Diversity Council Australia to sign the #IStandForRespect pledge. In signing the pledge, the firm commits to: stand against gendered harassment and violence in all its forms and take steps to address sexual and sex-based harassment in the workplace. Also, the firm has appointed finance industry professional Stephen Knight to the board of directors, as the firm’s second external board member. Steve has extensive experience in finance, investment banking, funds management, and public sector finance, holds several board and committee roles, and is an executive coach for CEO and C-level executives across a range of industries. Partners Natalie Bannister, Rory O’Connor, and Meg Lee have been recognized in Doyle’s Guide 2021 for their town planning and development and environment and climate change expertise. The firm was also named in the list for Town Planning & Development and Environment & Climate Change – Victoria 2021. The firm advised Maggie Beer Holdings on its $40 million acquisition of e-commerce company Hampers & Gifts Australia in a move that will further accelerate the Australian gourmet food products business’ growth in online sales. Partners James Morvell, Mark Dunphy, and Emily Kyriacou advised on the deal. Partner Nick Slack advised Victorian community housing provider HousingFirst Ltd on an innovative funding agreement that will deliver more social and affordable homes in the state of Victoria. Partner Ben Hamilton advised Digital Agriculture Services (DAS) on Graincast, the artificial intelligence cropping technology developed by the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization). DAS has acquired exclusive commercialization rights from CSIRO to deliver this technology globally in new fields of use. Finally, Hall & Wilcox is a finalist for ‘Best Provider to Financial & Insurance Services in the Client Choice Awards 2021, based on clients’ ratings, independently researched by Beaton. The firm has again received an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, which reflects the firm’s commitment to addressing barriers to gender equality within the legal profession and for women in the law. Partners Fay Calderone, Alison Baker, Kristopher Kunasingam, and Chris Sacré were recognized in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2021. The firm was also named in the list of Leading Employment Law Firms (Employer Representation) and Leading Workplace Health and Safety Law Firms. The firm advised Earth Rules, a subsidiary of Tata Consumer Products, on the divestment of its MAP out-of-home coffee business in Australia. Partner Oliver Jankowsky led the team supported by senior associate Chevi Levin and partner Emily Kyriacou. A Hall & Wilcox team, led by partner Jacqui Barrett, advised Stone & Chalk on its merger with the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network (AustCyber), one of six Industry Growth Centres set up by the Commonwealth to boost innovation and science in Australia. Hall & Wilcox has launched its third Frank Lab accelerator program. This year it will focus on female-led businesses, as part of the firm’s initiative to provide dedicated support and assistance to women working in startups and to reduce barriers to entry for women in growth businesses.
March 2021: Hall & Wilcox (Melbourne, Australia) partner Alison Choy Flannigan has won Health Partner of the Year for the second time in a row in the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards, which celebrates excellence in practice, professional development, and innovation; showcasing the individuals who are leading the way in the industry. The firm also advised Focus Financial Partners, a US-listed leading partnership of fiduciary wealth management firms, on the expansion of Connectus Wealth Advisers into Australia. Partner Chris Brown led the Hall & Wilcox team, supported by partners Aaron Dearden, Jacqui Barrett and Adrian Verdnik. Hall & Wilcox provided pro bono assistance to an Australian group of inventors on the development of SparkVent, an innovative ventilator designed for use in developing countries during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The design is available on an open-source basis to allow this life-saving technology to be manufactured in developing countries free of charge. The firm announced three new senior appointments – Jessica Cheo and Hamish McNair to Special Counsel and Andrew Giorgi to Senior Associate. The three appointments follow the firm’s record promotion of 34 partners, special counsel and senior associates in June 2020. Jessica Cheo practices in statutory insurance and is based in Melbourne. Hamish McNair and Andrew Giorgi are commercial dispute resolution lawyers, based in Melbourne and Perth respectively. Partner Chris Sacré also joined Hall & Wilcox, broadening the firm’s specialist insurance, transport and logistics capability. Chris will lead the firm’s marine insurance practice, increase its capabilities in specialty insurance lines, and bolster the firm’s expertise in global logistics and trade. Hall & Wilcox has been ranked in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021 in eight practice areas: dispute resolution, employment, financial services regulation, insurance defense, investment funds, real estate, sports law, and tax. Partners Mark Dunphy, Matt McDonald, Harry New, Martin Ross, Peter Murray and John Gray were also ranked as individuals in their respective areas of expertise. The firm was recognized in 10 practice areas in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 guide: banking and finance, construction, corporate and M&A, data protection, dispute resolution, litigation, insurance, labor and employment, media and entertainment, real estate, and tax. In addition, 26 of the firm’s partners were recognized in the guide. Finally, Hall & Wilcox assisted Netball Australia on a ground-breaking new five-year broadcast and digital rights agreement with Fox Sports.
December 2020: Hall & Wilcox (Melbourne, Australia) announced that Special Counsel Peta Bunce has joined their national Property and Projects team, based in Brisbane. Peta is a specialized commercial property lawyer with 20 years’ experience, having practiced in both Queensland and New South Wales in national and international firms. The firm advised medical device startup Margin-Clear Pty Limited in its most recent capital raising from existing shareholders, sophisticated investors and professional investors of AUD1.25 million. Health & Community Leader, Partner Alison Choy Flannigan led the Hall & Wilcox team. Hall & Wilcox won the MergerMarket Australia M&A Collaboration of the Year Award 2020. The firm’s winning deal was advising Amorepacific, the world’s 12th largest cosmetics company, on its investment in Australian luxury skincare brand Rationale. Partners John Hutchinson and James Morvell and Senior Associate Vanessa Murphy also advised Powerwrap Limited (ASX:PWL) on the successfully completed $70 million recommended off-market takeover bid by Praemium Limited (ASX:PPS). In addition, five of the firm’s partners are finalists in the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards 2020: Graydon Dowd for Dispute Resolution, Harry New for Financial Services, Alison Choy Flannigan for Health, Matt McDonald for Insurance, and Ben Hamilton for Intellectual Property. Five of the firm’s leading women from across both legal and operations have been named finalists in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2020, Ilona Strong – Partner of the Year – BigLaw, Fay Calderone – Thought Leader of the Year, Jasmine Koh – Innovator of the Year (Individual), Briele Heath – Marketing Communications Professional of the Year, and Michelle Delos Santos – Legal Support Professional of the Year. The firm has been selected for the Australasian Lawyer Employer of Choice 2020 list and is a finalist in the ‘Excellence in Workplace Culture, Diversity & Inclusion’ category at Hunter Business Awards. Also, Hall & Wilcox has won the ‘Excellence in Workplace Culture, Diversity & Inclusion’ category at the Hunter Business Awards and has been named a top 10 law firm considered the most attractive to move to, as voted by legal professionals across the country in the Lawyers Weekly ‘Top 25 Attraction Firms.’ The firm has advised Channel Capital on its investment transaction with permanent capital solutions provider, Kudu Investment Management, LLC. Corporate & Commercial Partner Chris Brown led the Hall & Wilcox team on this deal.
October 2020: Hall & Wilcox (Melbourne, Australia) has launched a market-first Employee Share Schemes app that helps early-stage companies determine whether they qualify for startup tax concessions under the ESS rules. Also, Hall & Wilcox has received Excellence Awards at the Australasian Law Awards 2020: Managing Partner Tony Macvean – Law Firm Leader of the Year (>200 lawyers); Law Firm of the Year (101-500 Lawyers); and Excellence in Technology & Innovation. Partners Emma Woolley, William Moore and James Whiley, and Consultant Eileen Meehan, along with the Victorian and New South Wales Private Clients teams have been recognized in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2020 for Wills, Estates and Succession Planning. The firm’s Financial Services and Funds teams advised Newmark Capital Limited on the $121 million acquisition of the landmark David Jones building in Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne. A cross-practice team advised the co-founders of startup Quad Lock on the sale of a majority interest in their company to Quadrant Growth Fund.
July 2020: Australian member firm Hall & Wilcox has announced a record 34 senior appointments (eight Partners, 11 Special Counsel and 15 Senior Associates), reflecting continued growth and support for clients. The firm has also strengthened its national insolvency and commercial litigation capabilities with the appointment of specialist partner Scott Butler, based in Brisbane. In addition to advising clients on commercial disputes, Scott advises on all aspects of administration, liquidation, receivership and bankruptcy. The firm’s Financial Services, Funds, Tax and Litigation teams have advised Cadence Property Group on a $39 million joint venture with Assembly Funds Management to acquire a shopping center in western Melbourne.
June 2020: As part of the firm’s Smarter Law approach, Hall & Wilcox has launched a market-first app that allows international clients to quickly assess whether they need Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) approval for different types of acquisitions. The app takes account of recent Federal Government FIRB rule changes due to COVID-19 that reduce the monetary threshold for notification to $0. Cross-practice teams have been busy working on a wide variety of matters, including advising Amorepacific, the world’s 12th largest cosmetics company, on its investment in Australian luxury skincare brand Rationale; advising ASX300-listed property group, Arena REIT on its $70 million capital raising; and acting for Pacific Infrastructure Partners in its acquisition of Sargon Capital Assets.
May 2020: Australian member firm Hall & Wilcox is pleased to announce 59 of its lawyers have been recognized in the 2021 Best Lawyers in Australia list, based on peer review of each lawyer’s professional expertise and likelihood to refer work. Partner John Gray was awarded ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for ‘Information Technology, Sydney’ and Partner Martin Ross was named ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for ‘Sports Law, Melbourne’. Click here to see the full list.
April 2020: Hall & Wilcox was recently named Best Provider to Financial & Insurance Services Industry in the Client Choice Awards 2020, independently researched by leading Australia professional advisory body, Beaton, and based on clients’ ratings of the firm’s service.
March 2020: Australian member firm Hall & Wilcox is a finalist in the Client Choice Awards, independently researched by leading Australia professional advisory body, Beaton, and based on clients’ ratings of the firm’s service, in the categories “Best Law & Related Services Firm ($50-$200m revenue)” and “Best Provider to Financial & Insurance Services Industry.” The firm has again received an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. Doyle’s Guide 2020 has also recommended the firm’s employment teams in Victoria and New South Wales and its workplace health and safety team in Victoria, with partners Mark Dunphy, Alison Baker and Aaron Dearden listed as leading lawyers. Finally, John Gray has joined the Sydney office as a partner, expanding the firm’s technology, digital economy, corporate and commercial expertise.
February 2020: Australia member firm Hall & Wilcox extends its appreciation for the messages of support received from fellow SCG Legal firms regarding the recent Australian bushfires. The firm is providing pro bono support to communities and people affected by the bushfires. The firm recently launched a market-leading digital solution to simplify the Australian visa process and help its clients overcome the common problem of tracking the visa status of workers. The firm’s work visa platform is a unique offering that helps make the business visa process easier, more efficient and transparent.
January 2020: Specialist planning and environmental partner Meg Lee has joined Australia member firm Hall & Wilcox in its Melbourne office. Her appointment builds on the firm’s renowned national property and projects and public sector practices. In addition, the firm’s dispute resolution, sports law, insurance, investment funds, financial services regulation, tax and employment practice areas have been ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific 2020. Finally, led by partner Matt McDonald, the firm successfully represented the victims of the Garvoc St. Patrick’s Day bushfire in the state of Victoria in a compensation case involving Australian electricity distribution company Powercor.
December 2019: Australia member firm Hall & Wilcox has advised Bravo Fit Holdings on the international expansion of the Planet Fitness franchise into Australia. Partner Matthew Smith led the firm’s team. The firm has also launched the HW Legal Portal, providing accountants with on-demand access to professional legal expertise. Finally, due to its continued national growth, the firm’s Sydney office has moved to larger offices, though still in the heart of the city’s central business district.
November 2019: Australian member firm Hall & Wilcox has expanded its property and projects and employment practices with the appointment of partner Kitty Vo and special counsel David Catanese. Ms. Vo’s appointment is part of the firm’s strategy to build on its growing profile in Sydney while also supporting the firm’s national property team. Mr. Catanese will be based in Melbourne and will assist with the growth of the firm’s offering to the government sector. Also at Hall & Wilcox, the firm has advised Carlton & United Breweries on a joint venture with Australian craft beer pioneer Phil Sexton to establish a boutique brewery in Victoria’s Yarra Valley. Partner James Morvell and special counsel Steve Aitchison led the team. Finally, the firm’s Sydney office will relocate to Level 18, 347 Kent Street. All online services, email addresses and telephone numbers will remain the same.
October 2019: Kelli Stallard, Alison Choy Flannigan, Jacqueline Barrett, Katherine Payne, Kate Gould, Sophie Aspley Davis and Louise Threadgold of Australia member firm Hall & Wilcox have been named finalists for the 2019 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards, showcasing outstanding women shaping and influencing the legal industry. Also, the firm’s New South Wales and Victorian private client teams, led by Emma Woolley, James Whiley, William Moore and Eileen Meehan, were listed in Doyle’s Guide 2019 for wills, estates and succession planning. Finally, head of international Oliver Jankowsky led the team advising German company Sto Group in its acquisition of Unitex, an Australian manufacturer and distributor of building products for residential and commercial architectural products.
August 2019: Hector West has joined Australia member firm Hall & Wilcox in its Perth office as a member of the firm’s commercial dispute resolution and insolvency practice groups. Mr. West has extensive experience in insolvency and bankruptcy and works in general commercial litigation involving Personal Property Securities Act disputes, contractual disputes, tax disputes and shareholder disputes. Also at Hall & Wilcox, Fay Calderone has been named a Woman Lawyer of the Year finalist in the New South Wales Women Lawyers Achievement Awards while Joni Pirovich has been named a Blockchain Policy Maker or Influencer of the Year finalist in the Australian Digital Commerce Association’s inaugural Australian Blockchain Industry Awards.
July 2019: Australia member firm Hall & Wilcox this month named Liam Campion, James Deady, Stephanie Driscoll, Maree Ferguson, Frank Hinoporos, Nathan Kennedy, Ilona Strong and James Whiley as partners, bringing the firm’s total number of partners to 85 and 700 total staff. The firm was also named a finalist for law firm of the year and a finalist for banking, dispute resolution and insurance teams of the year at the Lawyers Weekly 2019 Australian Law Awards. Tony Macvean has also been named a finalist for managing partner of the year. Finally, the firm is working with Monash University, RMIT University and Western Sydney University to develop and deliver legal operations and legal technology subjects to help involve the next generation of lawyers in becoming more adept users of legal technology.
June 2019: Alison Choy Flannigan (healthcare) and Mark Inston (banking and finance) of Australia member firm Hall & Wilcox were each named Partner of the Year in their respective specialties at the Lawyers Weekly 2019 Partner of the Year awards. Five other members of the firm were finalists: Fay Calderone (workplace relations), Graydon Dowd (dispute resolution and litigation), Matt McDonald (insurance), Harry New (financial services) and Paul O’Donnell (projects, energy and resources). Also at Hall & Wilcox, Frank, the firm’s dedicated startup practice, has undertaken a survey to determine the issues women face in startups. By better understanding the obstacles women in next generation startups face, the Frank team aims to assist in areas that will support the business ideas, growth and development of female founders.
May 2019: Seven partners at Australia (Melbourne) member firm Hall & Wilcox have been named finalists in the Lawyers Weekly 2019 partner of the year awards, including Fay Calderone (workplace relations), Alison Choy Flannigan (dispute resolution), Graydon Dowd (dispute resolution and litigation), Mark Inston (banking and finance), Matt McDonald (insurance), Harry New (financial services) and Paul O’Donnell (projects, energy and resources). The firm is also a finalist for the large law firm of the year award in the Law Institute of Victoria Legal Awards. Michelle Berry is a finalist in the top 10 “rising stars” award competition and Mark Lebbon is a finalist for the Rogers Legal Writing Award for his article, “The Rise and Rise of Esports.”
April 2019: Australia member firm Hall & Wilcox has been named a “law firm of the year” finalist in this year’s Australasian Law Awards competition. The firm’s managing partner Tony Macvean has also been named a “managing partner of the year” finalist. Three of the firm’s lawyers have been selected as finalists in Lawyers Weekly “30 Under 30” awards competition, and 49 were listed among the Best Lawyers in Australia for 2020. Also at Hall & Wilcox, Rachel O’Donnell has joined the firm’s tax practice as special counsel. Ms. O’Donnell has more than 15 years of experience advising on tax law and specializes in stamp duties, land tax and other tax issues in all Australian states and territories.
March 2019: Australia (Melbourne) member firm Hall & Wilcox has been ranked in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 in banking and finance, corporate and mergers and acquisitions, dispute resolution, insurance, labor and employment, media and entertainment, real estate, restructuring and insolvency and tax. The firm also last month advised Arena, an Australian real estate investment trust, on its recent acquisition of three specialist disability housing properties in Adelaide for A$23.95m. The project represents Arena’s first foray into the emerging social and disability housing asset class. Hall & Wilcox is a leading firm in advising companies on investing in this asset class in Australia.
February 2019: Australia (Melbourne) member firm Hall & Wilcox has added to its complement of practitioners in the areas of commercial dispute resolution, property and insurance. Special Counsel Scott Meacock will lead the firm’s commercial dispute resolution team in Perth. Nik Dragojlovic has left the Victorian Bar to join the firm’s property and projects team as special counsel in Melbourne. Finally, joining the firm’s insurance team are special counsel Bree Lawrence in Perth and senior associate Stephen Lott in Newcastle.
January 2019: Australia (Melbourne) member firm Hall & Wilcox this month promoted one partner and 11 senior lawyers, bringing the total number of firm partners to 78, the total number of senior lawyers to more than 130 and the total lawyer count to over 300 across Australia. The firm’s newest partner, Leigh Parker, specializes in property-related insurance claims, as well as professional indemnity claims. In addition, Michael Dent, Iona Goodwin and Vanessa Porter have all recently been named special counsel. Ms. Goodwin is an employment lawyer, advising clients across many industries including financial services, healthcare and education. Mr. Dent and Ms. Porter are both members of the firm’s statutory insurance team, with Mr. Dent focusing on compulsory third-party motor vehicle insurance claims, and Ms. Porter on workers compensation insurance.
December 2018: Martin Ross of Australia (Melbourne) member firm Hall & Wilcox has been ranked Band 1 in sports law and Heather Gray Band 2 in superannuation (pension benefits) in Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific 2019. The firm was ranked Band 1 in sports law and was also recognized in the areas of dispute resolution, employment, insurance defense and investment funds. Chambers awards identify and rank the most prestigious law firms and lawyers in more than 180 jurisdictions. Best Lawyers’ awards, which are based entirely on peer review, have also recognized 40 Hall & Wilcox lawyers as some of the best lawyers in Australia, with Martin Ross taking the notable title of lawyer of the year 2019 in sports law in Melbourne. The firm has also expanded its national insurance and litigation capabilities with the appointment of special counsel Vicky Kossaris, who joined the firm this month. Ms. Kossaris has almost 20 years’ experience working with commercial, insurance and government clients. She has represented institutional insurer clients, major construction and engineering contractors and government departments on a wide range of insurance, commercial and civil litigation and policy and regulatory matters.
November 2018: Property law specialist Jane Baddeley and health and community sector market leader Alison Choy Flannigan have been named partners at Australia (Melbourne) member firm Hall & Wilcox. Ms. Baddeley’s practice is chiefly focused on property, government and public sector law, while Ms. Choy Flannigan concentrates her practice on health care, corporate and commercial, infrastructure projects and privacy. The firm has also recently been ranked in Doyle’s Guide for the quality of its services in the areas of construction, corporate, dust diseases, employment, environment, estates and succession planning, estates litigation, insolvency, litigation, medical negligence, professional indemnity, property, public and product liability, town planning, wills and estates, workplace health and safety, and workers compensation.
September 2018: Ed Paton and James Morvell of Melbourne, Australia, member firm Hall & Wilcox have been recognized in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2018 as leading corporate and commercial lawyers. Doyle’s Guide lists solicitors who have been recognized by their peers for their expertise, abilities and track record of acting on matters involving small and mid-market entities. Mr. Morvell has a broad range of both corporate and general commercial experience, particularly in the areas of equity capital markets, corporate advice, and public and private M&A. Mr. Paton’s practice covers mergers and acquisitions including acting for buyers or sellers in a wide range of share sales, business sales and asset sales, due diligence, family business, private equity, venture capital transactions, capital raising and corporate and commercial agreements.
August 2018: Australia (Melbourne) member firm Hall & Wilcox has named four new partners and 14 senior lawyers. The partners are Maurice Doria, Andrew Murphy, Jacob Uljans and Ahranee Vijayaseelan, who further strengthen and expand the firms’ property and projects, statutory insurance, litigation and dispute resolution, and general insurance teams, respectively. Mr. Doria has more than 25 years’ experience in advising corporate and commercial law, contract preparation and negotiation, real estate development, governance, leasing, finance and dispute resolution. Mr. Murphy’s practice includes workers compensation, work injury damages/common law, s151Z recoveries, builders warranty claims, workplace law and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Uljans practices predominantly in general commercial litigation. He represents clients in a wide range of contractual disputes, corporations and equity matters, insolvency proceedings, disputes with regulators, class actions, environment and sustainability disputes, trade practices and tax litigation. Ms. Vijayaseelan advises insurers in the defense of public and product liability claims including personal injury and property damage, as well as policy advice. She defends complex and varied claims on behalf of domestic and overseas insurers. With these appointments, the total number of partners at the firm stands at 77.
June 2018: Australian (Melbourne) member firm Hall & Wilcox recently acted on behalf of Australian Unity in partnering with Merricks Capital for an A$500 million portfolio of senior property loans, including land subdivision, construction financing and bridging finance. The firm advised on and prepared the contractual documents for the arrangement. The team was led by financial services partner Harry New with special counsel John Bassilios and lawyer Avi Gordon. Also at Hall & Wilcox, the firm last month celebrated National Pro Bono Day and the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism & Transphobia. The firm’s pro bono practice has grown significantly under the guidance of special counsel Nathan Kennedy, assisting refugees, persons with disabilities, the elderly, persons with mental illness and everyday Australians who cannot afford access to legal services. The firm also recognizes LGBTIQ inclusion as a key aspect of its broader commitment to workplace diversity and inclusion and supports and celebrates LGBTIQ individuals throughout the communities it serves.
May 2018: Two of Australian member firm Hall & Wilcox’ attorneys, Dan Poole and Aron Mazur, placed third in the Global Legal Hackathon event in New York last month. The two were part of a team that created ANIKA Legal, a solution designed both to improve access to justice and provide practical legal training to law students by means of artificial intelligence and blockchain technology. Also at Hall & Wilcox, Dr. Wolfgang Babeck has joined the firm’s international practice, adding to the strength of the firm’s European and German practices. Dr. Babeck is the former chair of the German-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and chairs the international law section of the Law Council of Australia. He is also an adjunct professor at Bond University and a facilitator of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Fay Calderone has also joined the firm as a partner on the firm’s employment team. Ms. Calderone has over 16 years of experience, representing employers across industries including professional services, insurance, finance, recruitment, entertainment, FMCG, manufacturing, sport, aged care and local councils. Finally, Hall & Wilcox was named a finalist for Managing Partner of the Year (Tony Macvean) and Law Firm for the Year at the Australasian Law Awards. In addition, three of its partners were named finalists in the Lawyers Weekly 2018 Partner of the Year Awards across three different practice areas, and 36 of its lawyers were listed among the 2019 Best Lawyers in Australia.
April 2018: Australia member firm Hall & Wilcox has added 20 members to its Brisbane-based insurance team. Headed by partners Terry Killian, Kelli Stallard and Angela Brookes, the team specializes in workers’ compensation, personal injuries and product liability. National insurance practice head Rhett Slocombe says the team will add significantly to the firm’s national insurance capabilities, complementing its “existing market leading statutory insurance and workers’ compensation practices, and broader insurance capability.” Also at Hall & Wilcox, the firm recently advised the owner and operator of Victoria’s electricity transmission network, AusNet Services, on its role in Victoria’s $35 million Battery Energy Storage System to be based in Ballarat. The project involves the construction of Victoria’s first utilities scale lithium-ion battery, which will store solar and wind-generated energy and release power into the grid to spread the load during peak times. The battery is expected to provide 30 megawatts of energy, and have a storage capacity of 30 megawatt hours. Construction of the battery is due to begin this month.
March 2018: Australia member firm Hall & Wilcox continues on its growth path with the hiring of a Brisbane-based insurance team. The team of 20 is headed by partners Terry Killian, Kelli Stallard and Angela Brookes, and specializes in workers’ compensation, personal injuries and product liability. The team complements the firm’s national insurance practice, particularly its statutory insurance and workers’ compensation practice. Also at Hall & Wilcox, the firm has partnered with Asia’s leading fintech start-up hub, Stone & Chalk, to attract the start-up community. A not-for-profit organization, Stone & Chalk supports fintech start-ups looking to scale and commercialize their technology. Hall & Wilcox is part of Stone & Chalk’s Insuretech Program 2018, an acceleration program designed to encourage start-ups to develop technology for the insurance industry. The firm has also committed to start-ups more broadly through what it calls its “frank” service offering, which supports entrepreneurs with frank advice, resources and connections. To learn more, click here.