Media Release | 19 September 2014

Hall & Wilcox boosts innovation credentials with board appointment

Leading independent business law firm, Hall & Wilcox, has shown it is serious about innovation by appointing renowned innovation thought leader, Peter Williams, to its board.

Pete is CEO of Deloitte Digital and Chairman of the Deloitte Innovation Council, and recognised as one of Australia’s leading thinkers and practitioners in the area of innovation, technology commercialisation and all things web. He was recently made an adjunct professor of RMIT University.

Prior roles include a stint as CEO of the Eclipse Group, previously one of Australia’s largest web development companies.

Pete is one of Australia’s most sought after speakers on social media and digital strategy, has featured in books such as Empowered by Josh Bernoff, As One by Mehrdad Baghai & James Quigley and recently authored Sitepoint’s latest release – Web Design Business Kit.

His writing has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times (UK), the Age, Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian, Australian Financial Review, BRW and many others. His Twitter profile, @rexster, is followed by close to 10 thousand people.

Tony Macvean, Managing Partner of Hall & Wilcox, said the appointment was a real coup for the firm. “We understand the disruptive forces affecting our industry. We are committed to innovating, to doing things better and providing value for our clients and the firm. Pete’s appointment is consistent with our commitment to being progressive and at the forefront of change in the legal sector.”

Hall & Wilcox has managed to thrive during a rapidly changing legal climate – the firm has significantly expanded partner and revenue numbers during the last five years and revenue has increased by 20 per cent in the last year alone. The firm recently opened a Sydney office and was a finalist in the Law Firm of the Year category of the 2014 Law Awards.

“The industry as a whole faces significant changes in technology, pricing, service delivery, processes and new business lines. Having Pete on board will help us lead the market in responding to these issues”, Mr Macvean concluded.

Pete says “I have collaborated with Hall & Wilcox a few times in recent years and felt that it was a progressive firm committed to innovating for its clients and people. The firm has a great culture and a willingness to try new ideas which are the two fundamentals for successful innovation. I am excited about where we can take things”


Oliver Jankowsky

Partner & Head of International Practice

Ed Paton

Partner & Head of SE Asia Practice

Eugene Chen

Partner & Head of China Practice

Melanie Smith

Director - Business Development, Marketing and Communications

Natalie Bannister

Partner & Commercial National Practice Leader

Rhett Slocombe

Partner & Insurance National Practice Leader

Katie McKenzie


James Bull

Special Counsel and Head of Frank

Melanie James

People & Culture Manager

Jacqui Barrett

Partner & Head of US Practice

Paul O’Donnell

Consultant & Head of Energy

Christopher Brown

Partner & Head of UK Practice

Lauren Parrant

Senior People & Culture Advisor, as at 1 July 2022

Melinda Woledge

Marketing & Communications Manager

Jasmine Koh

Senior Associate and Head of Frank

Alison Choy Flannigan

Partner & Leader, Health & Community

Billie Kerkez

Manager – Smarter Recovery Solutions

Peter Jones

Senior Commercial Counsel

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