Irish desk


Our Irish desk is comprised of experienced lawyers with a wide range of international networks and the capacity to advise outbound investors from Australia as well as inbound investors into Australia.

Hall & Wilcox has long term experience in undertaking complex cross-border transactions bridging legal, linguistic, and cultural differences in a manner that is beneficial to our clients. We act for internationally known companies from all over the world, stock-exchange listed companies in Australia and overseas, and medium-sized companies conducting their business in Australia. We act for many of our Irish clients as the Australian counsel.

Drawing on our significant experience, and our wide ranging network of contacts, we facilitate our clients’ access to relevant local experts and improve the efficiency with which transactions are conducted.

Our Irish desk is headed by Audrey Leahy. Audrey is a dual qualified lawyer who is admitted to practice law in both Ireland and Australia. Audrey has over 15 years’ experience advising clients in both Ireland and Australia. Audrey is member of both the Law Institute of Victoria and the Law Society of Ireland. She has also been an active member of the Ireland Australia Chamber of Commerce in both Ireland and Australia over the past 10 years.

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How we can help

We are a full service, independent business law firm with a reputation as a leading law firm across a number of core areas of practice and sectors.


We frequently act for overseas clients acquiring companies in Australia. In particular, we are able to advise on:

  • establishing the most appropriate legal structures for businesses;
  • international tax issues and tax structuring advice;
  • corporate restructures, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and divestments;
  • employment obligations and agreements;
  • compliance obligations of companies under the Australian Competition Law;
  • obtaining appropriate visas, immigration compliance, permanent residency and citizenship issues;
  • commercial agreements including franchise, distribution, supply and service agreements;
  • protection and licensing of intellectual property;
  • commercial and residential property transactions; and
  • whether any Australian regulatory compliance and approvals are required for a particular transaction and if so, obtaining those approvals.

We have assisted Australian and Irish companies in expanding their businesses and developing business connections in each other’s countries.

Key contact

Audrey Leahy
Special Counsel & Head of Irish Desk
  • Fluent in French

Audrey is a specialist commercial property lawyer with over 15 years' experience, specialising in property development.

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