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Australia: Franchise 2017

We have identified 22 practitioners for their outstanding ability to assist franchisors, franchisees and suppliers throughout the establishment and operation process and with the growth of franchise networks. With strong commercial expertise and sophisticated regulatory knowledge, the following lawyers are the top names in the Australian market. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Penny Ward Baker McKenzie, Melbourne
2. Stephen Giles Norton Rose Fulbright, Melbourne
3. Philip Colman MST Lawyers, Melbourne
4. John Sier MST Lawyers, Melbourne
5. Tony Garrisson HWL Ebsworth, Melbourne

HWL EBSWORTH’s retail and franchising group offers broad sector expertise and top-quality commercial advice. Three impressive practitioners are included in this chapter.
With over 30 years’ experience, including a stint in-house for a major Australian franchise chain, Tony Garrisson is a highly regarded practitioner and well-regarded expert on all aspects of franchising law.
Clients commend Sean O’Donnell’s superb litigation abilities, “incredible market understanding” and “commercial and practical advice”.
Derek Sutherland boasts an excellent reputation as a “very technical lawyer” owing to his meticulous document drafting skills. He is a top-tier adviser to clients engaged in contentious disputes. 

MST LAWYERS sees three impressive practitioners listed here. With specialist expertise across the complete range of franchising issues, the firm is a leading player in the market.
Head of the firm’s dispute resolution team Philip Colman is a “well-regarded” and “highly visible” practitioner and is revered for his strong franchising practice. He is also recognised as a seasoned litigator and negotiator.
John Sier is a top name in the domestic and international markets thanks to his expertise in corporate structuring and strategic approach to business development. He is an esteemed expert in distribution and licensing law, and his well-developed franchising practice encompasses the establishment, sale and restructuring of entities. 
Raynia Theodore achieves wide recognition for her broad expertise and experience advising on franchise agreements, document review and the acquisition and disposal of franchises.

THOMSON GEER boasts a strong practice and provides first-rate services across a broad array of industries. Three outstanding practitioners are recognised here.
Tony Conaghan is a longstanding fixture in the market and draws praise for his prestigious dispute resolution practice and broad experience in the franchising sector.

ALLENS achieves two listings in this year’s research.
The excellent Andrew Wiseman is an accomplished litigator and adviser and has acted for an impressive portfolio of major clients.
Tim Golder provides strategic advice to household-name clients on a comprehensive range of issues including contractual agreements, regulatory matters and franchise acquisitions.

At NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT two eminent lawyers have been identified for their work in this space.
Stephen Giles is a distinguished practitioner on the domestic and international stage and leader of the firm’s global franchising group. He regularly advises clients on commercial agreements and issues arising under competition law, and impresses commentators with his pragmatism and strategic commercial outlook. 
Nigel Jones garners praise for his significant industry expertise and prowess in dispute resolution matters.

BAKER MCKENZIE’s Penny Ward is a pre-eminent figure in the Australian market thanks to her well-established franchising practice. She has a wealth of experience advising both domestic and international clients on agreements and franchise development. 

At HOLMAN WEBB, Corinne Attard draws praise for her strong franchise practice and is “skilled in identifying potential legal and commercial risks and resolving problematic issues pragmatically”.

Clients commend Greg Hipwell from MADDOCKS for his “broad knowledge” and “commercial acumen”. He focuses on the client’s business objectives and his advice is always “detailed, cost-effective and pragmatic”.

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