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Thomson Geer


  • Level 7, 19 Gouger Street
  • Adelaide
  • Australia
  • SA 5000

Corporate/M&A - Australia

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 37 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Focuses on small- to mid-cap deals, with proven capability to handle larger matters as well. Able to call on various relevant practice area expertise from within the wider firm.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "A growing team with some fine people."

What's new? Tim Flahvin joined the team as a partner. 

The firm entered into a merger with Herbert Geer on 31 March 2014.

Work highlights Represented Australia's largest poultry production business, Inghams, during its AUD880 million acquisition by TPG Capital, which involved numerous rival bidders, and included advising on environmental, taxation and trade practice implications.

Advised Hong Kong-based CK Life Sciences International, Australia's leading supplier of garden and turf management products, on its AUD150 million acquisition of Cheetham Salt. 

Notable practitioners

Lucinda Smith heads the practice from the Sydney office. 

Significant clients Cuesta Coal, John Nitschke Drilling, McPherson's, Pacific Network Global Logistics, Titan Energy Services. 

Dispute Resolution - Australia

Basic facts about the department
- 24 partners
- 60 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Fields a team with broad experience of disputes in the automotive, construction, intellectual property, manufacturing and media sectors. Strong presence in Eastern and Southern Australia, with offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

What's new? The firm entered into a merger with Herbert Geer on 31 March 2014.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "Thomsons was more responsive and capable of meeting time deadlines than many firms I have dealt with." 

Work highlights Acted for RSM Bird Cameron in its capacity as special purpose liquidator for Octaviar and with respect to efforts to resecure voidable transaction and business sale proceeds totalling some AUD430 million. 

Represented the Thiess-John Holland joint venture in numerous construction disputes arising from its involvement in the Brisbane Airport Link Project between 2008 and 2012.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Voss is the key contact. 

Significant clients Acciona Agua Australia, Mitsubishi Motors Australia, Viterra, Westpac, WIN Television. 

Employment - Australia

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers expertise in workplace relations, the application of health and safety law, discrimination matters and disputes. Also known for enterprise bargaining and dealing with compliance issues.

What's new? This firm is a product of a merger between Thomsons Lawyers and Herbert Geer on 31 March 2014.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Expertise: "They provide us with solid advice and local knowledge and they are very professional and responsive too; they find ways to make things work for us."

Work highlights Advising ElectraNet on its contractor management procedures regarding its safety management system.

Assisting Nacap Australia on various industrial relations issues and a greenfields enterprise agreement with the Australian Workers Union connected to the Australia Pacific LNG pipeline project.

Notable practitioners

Partner Louise Russell is noted for her expertise in workplace restructuring.

Chris Hartigan has extensive industrial relations experience, and particular expertise in commercial issues arising from the Fair Work Act.

Significant clients Kaplan International, LATAM Airlines, ElectraNet, Nacap Australia. 

Environment - Australia

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.