Hall & Wilcox is a leading Australian independent business law firm.
At Hall & Wilcox, we deliver smarter law. This means being smarter across our entire business – by being progressive, by our commitment to excellence and by our focus on building great relationships. For our clients, this translates to better quality, better value, improved efficiency and greater ease of doing business.
We have offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Perth and Canberra, and act nationally for Australian-based clients and multinational clients with Australian interests. We work with our clients to meet their needs, at their place of business, wherever they are.
We are a firm of more than 400 people, including over 60 partners. We have depth and breadth of expertise across a number of practice and industry sectors.
Our clients are businesses and business people, including public entities, private entities, public sector organisations and business owners. We act for over 20% of Australia’s top 100 companies.
Banking & Finance
Competition & Consumer Law
Corporate & Commercial Law
Employment & Workplace Relations
Insolvency & Reconstruction
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Mergers & Acquisitions
Property & Projects
Regulatory & Compliance
Technology, Media & Telecommunications
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.