Australia: Life Sciences 2017

In this chapter we identify 31 practitioners at the forefront of the life sciences market. The practitioners listed here undertake a broad range of work spanning transactional, regulatory, product liability defence and patent litigation matters. Clients include Australian, multinational and global corporations from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Colin Loveday Clayton Utz, Sydney
2. Greg Williams Clayton Utz, Sydney
3. Odette Gourley Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Sydney
4. Andrew Morrison Clayton Utz, Melbourne
5. Sarah Matheson Allens Australia, Melbourne

CLAYTON UTZ leads the Australian market with seven listed practitioners.
Colin Loveday is a world-leading figure in the product liability arena. He is a "responsive and very knowledgeable practitioner, with great legal skills and experience”. This includes significant expertise in complex class action disputes in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.
Greg Williams is an accomplished litigator and is well versed in large class action lawsuits in the pharmaceutical industry, such as the Australian Vioxx proceedings. He is also a highly regarded expert across a broad range of regulatory matters. He is a skilled and technical strategic adviser and sources affirm that he is “excellent” at handling complex matters.
Andrew Morrison stands out for his superb style of delivery in high-profile class action disputes for clients from the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries.
Ross McInnes is a top product liability defence specialist with a prestigious reputation for his prowess in large and complex class action disputes.
John Collins is an exceptional patent litigator and regulatory expert. He has longstanding prowess in IP dispute resolution with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical sector. He is well known for his strong international expertise and record of acting for major industry clients such as AstraZeneca and Novartis.
Market sources praise Stuart Clark AM for his exceptional handling of class action disputes. He is a highly experienced fixture in the market with a strong background in product liability defence.
Mary Still boasts a well-developed patent litigation practice and is highly regarded in the market.

With four listings, ASHURST is a strong player in the life sciences arena.
Grant Fisher receives wide-ranging endorsements for his patent litigation practice and excellent advisory services. He regularly represents clients before the Australian Patent Office and the Federal Court of Australia and has particular experience in cases concerning chemical products, medical devices and related technology.
Mary Padbury draws praise for her longstanding expertise in patent litigation. She is an exceptionally knowledgeable practitioner who frequently represents major multinational corporations.
Ben Miller is a highly regarded lawyer and regularly acts for clients from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries in dispute resolution proceedings.
Peter Chalk is exceptionally well regarded for his litigation experience in high-stakes transnational disputes.

ALLENS sees four leading lawyers listed here.
Sarah Matheson excels in the patent litigation arena, with peers speaking highly of her top-quality work in this space. She also has a strong transactional practice and regularly advises clients on IP matters relating to commercial agreements.
Richard Hamer is an experienced federal court litigator and a coveted representative in high-stakes commercial transactions. Clients include global pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer.

MINTERELLISON achieves three listings.
With over 30 years’ experience, patent litigator Wayne McMaster is a leading player in the regional market. He impresses peers with his application drafting and prosecution skills and superb IP portfolio management.

KING & WOOD MALLESONS sees two impressive practitioners included in this chapter.
Matthew Swinn is a renowned patent litigator and formidable opponent in high-stakes disputes. He is highly experienced in the life sciences sector and represents global pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer.
Kim O'Connell focuses her excellent patent litigation practice on pharmaceutical, biotechnology and health products.

With 40 years’ experience Wayne Condon at GRIFFITH HACK LAWYERS is a highly regarded patent dispute resolution expert. He has sophisticated knowledge of a broad range of regulatory matters across the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and is highlighted for his strategic advice.

NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT AUSTRALIA’s Bernard O'Shea draws praise for his wide-ranging regulatory knowledge and precise technical expertise throughout the entire development cycle of pharmaceutical and biotechnology products.

With a broad practice encompassing patent litigation, regulatory and transactional matters, Odette Gourley of CORRS CHAMBERS WESTGARTH is a leading name in the life sciences field. She has represented and advised clients in a number of landmark cases and market commentators speak highly of her work in this space.

At boutique professional services firm ASH ST, Madeleine Kearney is known for her “subject matter expertise, great interpersonal skills and ability to simplify complex issues for clients”. She also “understands business and risk and is very pragmatic”. 

Back to top

Follow us on LinkedIn

News & Features

Community News



Pro Bono

Corporate Counsel

Women in Law

Future Leaders

Research Reports

Practice Areas


The Who's Who Legal 100


Special Reports



About Us

Research Schedule

It is not possible to buy entry into any Who's Who Legal publication

Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

Copyright © 2018 Law Business Research Ltd. All rights reserved. |

87 Lancaster Road, London, W11 1QQ, UK | Tel: +44 20 7908 1180 / Fax: +44 207 229 6910 |

Law Business Research Ltd

87 Lancaster Road, London
W11 1QQ, UK