Full-service outfit Allens performs extremely well in this year’s research into the Australian legal market. It achieves a total of 70 listings across 25 different practice areas in this edition, cementing its position as one of Australia’s leading firms.
The firm performs impressively in the M&A and governance space, with nine lawyers listed for their excellence in a variety of corporate transactions, including IPOs, takeovers and acquisitions, and a broad range of governance issues.
Energy and natural resources is another area of strength of the firm, with seven lawyers securing a listing in our corresponding chapter. These lawyers have distinguished themselves with their expertise across the oil and gas, power, and mining sectors.
The firm also stands out in terms of its data offering, and sees five of its lawyers selected for their top-tier counsel to clients on a range of matters including data protection, cybersecurity and IT issues.
Standout names at the firm include Craig Henderson, a top name in Australia for M&A transactions and governance matters. Igor Bogdanich is recognised for his first-rate practice in the field of energy and natural resources, while Tim Golder is highlighted as a market leader in the sports, entertainment and trademarks sectors. Sarah Matheson is held in high esteem thanks to her deep expertise in patents law.
Ashurst is renowned for its strong position as a key legal offering in the Australian market. In our research this year the firm achieves 52 listings across 22 practice areas, demonstrating the breadth of expertise it has to offer.
The firm sees six lawyers recognised as leading individuals for their wide-ranging expertise in energy, natural resources and mining. Their outstanding work in this area sees them assisting on matters across the oil and gas, power and mining sectors, including regulatory matters, disputes and transactions.
Banking is another area in which the firm performs well, achieving a further six nominations this year. Practitioners gain recognition for being well versed in regulatory matters, corporate transactions, foreign investments and complex financings.
In labour and employment law, the firm also distinguishes itself with a total of five listings thanks to the team’s leading work handling workforce strategy and consulting matters and workplace disputes.
Standout names at the firm include Mark Brennan, a pre-eminent name in environmental law; and Shawn Wytenburg, who is identified as a leading light in the banking sector. Lea Constantine enjoys a stellar reputation for her profound knowledge of employment law, and in the energy space Paul Newman ranks highly for his expertise in the electricity, gas and renewables industries.
Full-service powerhouse Clayton Utz is renowned in the Australian market. Its practitioners possess expertise in a broad range of fields, as demonstrated in our research this year where the firm receives an outstanding 80 nominations across 21 practice areas.
The firm is particularly strong in the construction sector, with eight impressive individuals highlighted in our guide this year for their expert handling of large infrastructure, construction, engineering and contract mining projects, and for their work with clients from both the public and private sectors.
The firm further demonstrates its impressive sector-related expertise with practitioners endorsed for their superb work in energy, life sciences, real estate and environmental law.
Clayton Utz also excels in corporate finance, with multiple listings throughout our M&A and governance, corporate tax, capital markets, and restructuring and insolvency chapters, further highlighting the firm’s ability to handle large-scale corporate transactions.
Key individuals at the firm include the highly ranked Colin Loveday, Greg Williams and Ross McInnes, who are all recognised as leading figures in life sciences and complex product liability defence proceedings. Karen Trainor stands out for her market-leading work handling complex environmental matters, while Andrew Walker is held in high esteem for his top-tier transactional practice. Stuart Byrne is a top name for capital markets matters, and Andrew Steele impresses with his leading work in the real estate sector.
Corrs Chambers Westgarth ranks as one of the leading full-service law firms in the Australian market. It illustrates the strength of its offering in our research this year with 41 nominations across 18 practice areas.
The firm proves itself to be a dominant player in construction law, and sees seven lawyers listed for their expertise in large infrastructure projects across multiple sectors, including energy and natural resources, transport, logistics, and government.
The firm also demonstrates a first-rate offering in the IP space, receiving a total of eight listings for its excellence in trademarks law and patents law.
The firm is well known for its strong industry-focused practices, with nominations across our data, energy, natural resources and mining, and life sciences chapters.
The firm is home to several lawyers who are revered in their fields. Andrew Stephenson is highlighted in our arbitration, mediation, construction and government contracts chapters for his exceptional work across all these areas. Philip Catania enjoys a stellar reputation for his first-class work in data and technology disputes, and Odette Gourley is widely respected for her expertise across life sciences and IP law. John Tuck is recognised for his profound knowledge on a range of workplace matters and disputes.
Australian heavyweight Gilbert + Tobin maintains its impressive reputation in the market, with 38 outstanding individuals listed across 13 practice areas in our guide this year.
The firm performs impressively in the field of M&A and governance, with five of its lawyers securing recognition for their deep expertise spanning the structuring and negotiation of transactions, public offerings and shareholder rights.
The data sector is another area in which the firm excels, achieving five listings across our corresponding chapter. The lawyers are well versed in a range of matters including data protection, cybersecurity and IT law.
Gilbert + Tobin also performs strongly across our banking, competition, project finance and trademarks chapters, achieving four nominations in each.
Standout individuals include John Schembri and Simon Lynch who are widely acknowledged for their market-leading banking and finance expertise. Elizabeth Avery and Luke Woodward are looked upon with enormous favour for their excellence in competition law. Chris Flynn is a pre-eminent name in the energy sector, and Dominic Emmett is distinguished for his tremendous understanding of restructuring and insolvency proceedings.
Herbert Smith Freehills is one of the top commercial law firms in the Australian market, a position it showcases in our research this year. The firm achieves an impressive 61 listings in this edition, which span 19 practice areas.
The firm has a strong corporate finance offering where it achieves an impressive number of listings in our M&A, corporate governance, capital markets and banking chapters. M&A is an area in which is particularly excels, with nine lawyers recognised for their outstanding work on joint ventures, public and private transactions, and deal negotiation.
The firm also stands out for its notable sector-related offering, particularly in the energy, natural resources and mining space, and earns additional recognition for its excellence in labour and employment law.
Standout individuals at the firm include Stuart Barrymore, who wins praise for his experience handling complex mandates across the mining and energy sectors, while Peter Briggs is recognised for his strong environmental law expertise. Philippa Stone is highlighted as a key player in the capital markets arena. Grant Marjoribanks ranks highly among peers thanks to his top-tier investigations practice.
The highly distinguished King & Wood Mallesons enjoys a strong presence in the Australian market. The firm consolidates its place as one of the leading firms in the country with an impressive 87 listings in our research this year, across 24 practice areas.
The firm demonstrates its market-leading banking expertise with 12 lawyers recognised in our corresponding chapter. Its lawyers adeptly advise clients on a range of matters, spanning regulatory advice and arranging financing for complex transactions.
Capital markets is another area in which the firm shines, with nine notable individuals commended for their know-how in the equity and debt markets, IPOs and structured financings.
King & Wood Mallesons also sees seven of its M&A and governance specialists listed this year for their in-depth insight and knowledge of M&A transactions, joint ventures, and complex governance issues facing company boards and directors.
Notable individuals at the firm include Yuen-Yee Cho, who comes highly recommended for her impressively ability in acquisition, leverage and project finance. David Friedlander stands out for his profound knowledge of capital markets, while Matthew Swinn ranks highly for his excellence in patents law. Cheng Lim is a leading light in data law, and Peter Pether is considered a top name in the construction sector.
MinterEllison continues to be a strong force in the Australian legal market and performs impressively in this year’s rankings with 43 listings across 17 practice areas.
It showcases its top-tier competition offering in this edition, with five outstanding lawyers recognised for their excellent understanding of compliance matters and the various domestic regulations.
The firm is recognised as a market leader in corporate tax, with four lawyers listed for their work advising on a plethora of issues from managing tax risks to efficiently structuring transactions.
Labour, employment and benefits is another area in which the firm excels with four listings. Practitioners advise employers on a range of matters such as remuneration, negotiation of contracts, restructuring, in addition to industrial action and disputes.
MinterEllison is home to many brilliant lawyers, including Adrian Varrasso, who is highly acclaimed for his top-notch tax expertise which sees him advise clients in a spectrum of industries. Gordon Williams and Jim Fox are well versed in labour and employment law, and Paul Schoff is commended for his strong competition practice.