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Corrs Chambers Westgarth


Corrs Chambers Westgarth - Sydney
  • Level 17
  • 8 Chifley Square
  • Sydney
  • New South Wales
  • Australia
  • NSW 2000
  • www.corrs.com.au
  • Chairman: Teresa Handicott
  • Partner & Chief Executive Officer: John WH Denton
  • Number of partners worldwide: 126
  • Number of other lawyers worldwide: 510
  • Languages: Afrikaans, Australian Deaf Language, Cantonese, Mandarin,Croatian, Croatian/Serbian, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish.

Firm Overview:
Corrs Chambers Westgarth is a premium independent law firm based in Australia, with strong international alliances. Its key partnering relationships throughout Asia-Pacific and globally allow the firm to pursue strategic outcomes for corporations and government nationally and across borders. Corrs is committed to providing legal advice grounded in commercial understanding. Moving beyond the traditional legal needs of clients, the firm works to gain an intimate knowledge of wider industry and business issues. Lawyers support clients with market-relevant advice and insight for high level decision making. As one of Australia’s best recognised firms, Corrs is proud of its reputation for excellence. Its lawyers are consistently involved in some of the largest and most significant transactions in Australia and globally. Corrs is ideally placed to meet the needs of clients with cross border transactions and projects. The firm is noted for its extensive involvement in the Asia-Pacific region, including China and India, and has established strong connections with regulators, government, policy makers and trade agencies. Corrs sits at the fore of business and policy development and is focused on facilitating transactions at every level throughout Australia, the Asia- Pacific and internationally. Corrs lawyers further strengthen global ties through the firm’s leading international secondment program.
Memberships: TAXAND, International Bar Association (IBA), Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), Employment Law Alliance, World Bank & Asia Development Bank, Australasian Forum for International Arbitration (AFIA), International Project Finance Association.

Main Areas of Practice:
With more than 600 lawyers, including 120 partners, Corrs advises across the full suite of legal services. The firm’s breadth of experience allows it to respond decisively for corporate, government and commercial clients across diverse practice areas. Corrs has a strong history spanning more than 150 years. The firm is consistently recognised for its involvement in award-winning deals, and as an employer of choice. Examples of leading deals include:
■ Acted for QGC (the Australian business of BG Group) in relation to its groundbreaking US$20.4 billion Queensland Curtis LNG Project. Corrs has played an integral role in the successful development of the project, which is scheduled to export LNG from 2014.
■ Acted in the AU$3.3 billion financial restructuring of Nine Entertainment, one of the largest financial restructurings undertaken in Australia, advising CVC
■ Advised a major global financial conglomerate on Fortescue Group’s $US2.04 billion high-yield bond offering
■ Advised Bauer Media in its acquisition of 100% of ACP Magazines Ltd (Australia and New Zealand’s largest magazine publisher) from Nine Entertainment Co, in the highest profile corporate/M&A mandate for the Australian media magazines sector
■ Key advisor to Fletcher Construction during the development of Wiri Prison, New Zealand’s first major Public-Private Partnership (PPP)

Areas of Practice

  • Banking & Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • China
  • Communications, Media & IT
  • Competition & Regulatory
  • Construction
  • Corporate
  • Employment & Workplace Relations
  • Energy, Mining & Resources
  • Environment & Planning
  • Financial Services
  • Global Regulatory
  • Government
  • Health
  • India
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investment Funds
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Projects & Infrastructure
  • Property & Real Estate
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Tax


  • Level 32,
  • Governor Phillip Tower,
  • 1 Farrer Place,
  • Sydney,
  • New South Wales
  • Australia
  • NSW 2000
  • Tel +61 2 9210 6500
  • Fax +61 2 9210 6611
  • Email : webmaster@corrs.com.au
  • Website : www.corrs.com.au
  • Level 36 ,
  • Bourke Place,
  • 600 Bourke Street,
  • Melbourne,
  • Victoria
  • Australia
  • VIC 3000
  • Tel +61 3 9672 3000
  • Fax +61 3 9672 3010
  • Email : webmaster@corrs.com.au
  • Level 35 ,
  • Waterfront Place,
  • 1 Eagle Street,
  • Brisbane,
  • Queensland
  • Australia
  • QLD 4000
  • Tel +61 7 3228 9333
  • Fax +61 7 3228 9444
  • Email : eddie.scuderi@corrs.com.au
  • Level 15 Woodside Plaza,
  • 240 St George’s Terrace,
  • Perth,
  • Western Australia
  • Australia
  • WA 6000
  • Tel +61 8 9460 1666
  • Fax +61 8 9460 1667
  • Email : webmaster@corrs.com.au

Banking & Finance - Australia

Brad Robinson offers clients impressive strength on corporate finance and debt capital markets issues. He recently advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch with regard to the provision of an underwritten USD1.5 billion term and revolving facility agreement to Fortescue Metals Group.

Capital Markets - Australia

Brad Robinson continues to build a reputation in the DCM arena, particularly for securitisation work. His recent highlights have included advising mezzanine note holders on warehouse securitisation transactions involving assets such as residential mortgage loans, corporate loans, equipment and finance leases. He recently advised JP Morgan Securities, Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank Securities and the five other book-running managers of a USD2 billion high-yield bond offering by Fortescue Metals. 

Corporate/M&A - Australia

Teresa Handicott is praised by sources as “a top M&A lawyer” who is especially recommended for the handling of structuring and scheme of arrangement matters. Her ability to cultivate and maintain longstanding relationships with such blue-chip clients as QGC and the Suncorp Group is also much admired.

Practice head Braddon Jolley focuses on high-end, complex M&A transactions which frequently have cross-border aspects. This is well demonstrated by his recent representation of US-based Archer Daniels Midland in its AUD3.4 billion acquisition of GrainCorp. Interviewees highlight his “respected intellect” and robust negotiation skills.

Sandy Mak's practice focuses on schemes of arrangement, takeovers and demergers. She has extensive international experience, having worked in both London and Hong Kong for a total of six years, and is active in cross-border transactions, including the recent Archer Daniels Midland acquisition of GrainCorp.

Russell Philip is fast acquiring an impressive reputation acting for international clients in the resources space. He recently, for example, advised Aspire Mining on corporate and other issues affecting its Ovoot coking coal project in Mongolia. Clients report that he is “fantastic on corporate stuff,” being both “sensible and practical," and having "the experience to back up his advice.”

Robert Clarke previously acted as the managing partner of a Singapore-based practice. Currently based in Melbourne, he has built on this experience to act regularly on transactions across Asia, particularly in Singapore and Indonesia. He also possesses significant investment fund, real estate and regional infrastructure expertise. 

Foreign Desks A 20-lawyer China desk that specialises in corporate/M&A, energy and natural resources, and finance advice for Chinese entities looking to enter the Australian market. Lately the desk has seen its intellectual property expertise in increasing demand. The team also advised Zhengyuan International Mining and China Metallurgy Bureau on their investment into Zeus Resources, a leading Australian uranium explorer. Andrew Lumsden is a key contact.

Dispute Resolution - Australia

James Whittaker heads up the practice, and has particular expertise in government-related disputes, in addition to general commercial cases. Working with a variety of major international clients, he recently represented a London-headquartered multinational in proceedings with significant ramifications for its global business.

Stan Lewis's international clients include MasterCard and investment holding company Guinness Peat Group. He is an experienced litigator with particular strength in corporate, securities and professional negligence issues.

Paul McCann is seen by clients as a lawyer who “provides excellent, commercial advice on a timely basis.” He and partner Mark Wilks are currently acting for high net worth individual Gina Rinehart in a long-running and high value trust dispute.

Energy & Natural Resources - Australia

Michael MacGinley acts across the energy and natural resources arena and is particularly respected for handling commercial arrangements concerning major mining and utilities projects. A recent work highlight saw him representing a consortium led by Leighton Contractors and CuString with regard to the development of an electricity transmission network from Townsville to Mount Isa in Queensland. 

Peter Jarosek is "one of the best oil and gas lawyers around, especially when it comes to transactional and operational work. He offers great industry knowledge and amazing drafting skills," sources reveal. Recently he advised ENI on its acquisition of a stake in the Evans Shoal gas field from Australian-based company Santos. Another work highlight is his representation of Tap Oil in its divestment of interests in the Harriet Joint venture.

John Kelly is a well-established practitioner with a primary focus on mining and LNG mandates. Clients enthuse: "He is one of those extremely senior practitioners with an enormous amount of experience in major projects." He advised the Queensland government on the development of a bauxite mine and related infrastructure to exploit the bauxite resources of the Cape York peninsula.

Paul Careless is a special counsel in the Brisbane office who focuses his practice on acquisitions, disposals and project development in the oil and gas area. Recently, he advised QGC and its parent company BG Group with regard to the development of the Queensland Curtis LNG Project.

Bruce Adkins excels at acquisition and project development matters in the mining sector. Clients note that he "has good technical knowledge and has done so many deals in the resources space that there can't be a transaction structure he hasn't seen." He lately played the lead role advising Stanmore Coal on its acquisition of EPC 1186 from Waratah Coal with a view to augmenting Stanmore's Belview Coking Coal Project.

In recent years Robert Clarke has advised on a wide range of corporate and investment work in Indonesia. He is particularly focused upon work in the infrastructure and natural resources sectors.  

Intellectual Property - Australia

Stephen Stern is best known for representing international brands in their trade mark and copyright disputes. He is also experienced in patent disputes, having acted for high-profile pharmaceutical corporations before the Federal Court of Australia and the High Court of New Zealand.

Recent work for Odette Gourley includes successfully representing the European pharmaceutical company Pharmathen in a hard-fought dispute with Pfizer over the antidepressant drug Venlafaxine. She also conducts brand protection work for such major brands as Winnebago Industries, Allergan and Gallo Winery. Commentators say that "she understands the law and is also very practical."

Matthew Swinn heads the practice. His key area of focus is contentious IP work, particularly patent litigation. He has recently acted for GE in its patent dispute with Siemens concerning water filtration technology in Australia.

Sources turn to Tim Allen when they have "complex trade mark questions." He handles the beer and spirits trade mark portfolios for CUB and recently represented it in a long series of trade mark opposition proceedings.

International Trade - Australia

Andrew Percival is commended by clients for his “deep knowledge of trade matters, in particular anti-dumping regimes.” One noted: "He can think outside the square, and is down to earth and very approachable.” He works particularly frequently with China-based clients.

Andrew Korbel specialises in international trade disputes and recently acted for Kam Kiu Aluminium Extrusion in challenging the Commonwealth Attorney-General's imposition of anti-dumping and countervailing duties on aluminium extrusions exported to Australia from China.

Corporate/M&A - China

This firm has a well-established, dedicated China desk with over 20 years of cross-border experience. It advises on M&A, IP, private equity and financial services regulation. Recently, it advised Zhengyuan Mining and China Metallurgy Bureau on their significant equity investment in Australian uranium explorer Zeus Resources. The key contacts here are Stephanie Daveson and Andrew Lumsden.