Media Release | 29 January 2015

Hall & Wilcox Sydney office celebrates first year in strong position

Hall & Wilcox Sydney office has established itself in the legal landscape after facilitating some major deals and attracting high-level talent in its first year, according to the leading independent business law firm.

The office was formally opened in February 2014, following the acquisition of the Sydney office of New Zealand law firm Duncan Cotterill. In addition to this, Hall & Wilcox has also acquired a senior insurance team from boutique firm McCabes, leading corporate / M&A specialist Danny Herceg and planning and property experts Stan Kondilios and Maurice Doria.

Tony Macvean, Managing Partner at Hall & Wilcox, said the Sydney office has already outgrown its office space as it quickly evolved from an employment practice to a full service team. “In 12 months, our headcount has grown by almost 300%, including a partner number increase from three to eight.”

Mr Macvean said a real achievement has been the synergy that has developed between the Melbourne and Sydney offices. “The offices and teams just fit together naturally, and our national clients have commented how well the cross-office teams combine to deliver consistent advice and service.”

Going forward, Mr Macvean commented that there are several exciting projects in the pipeline in both Sydney and Melbourne. “Opportunities are opening up for firms prepared to think progressively. Our team has shown strong leadership in collaboration, service innovation and flexibility, and we are confident this can be a driving force for us. ”


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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