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
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.