Hall & Wilcox builds on insurance capability with acquisition of new team

Leading independent business law firm Hall & Wilcox has expanded its highly regarded insurance law practice by acquiring a new insurance team which will be based in its Sydney office.

The team will join Hall & Wilcox from Sydney firm McCabes and includes two new partners, Matthew Curll and Rachael Arnold and a number of lawyers and support staff.

Tony Macvean, Managing Partner at Hall & Wilcox, said that the team is a perfect complement to its Victorian insurance practice. “Client demand for a high quality insurance practice servicing clients nationally is strong and we are delighted to have attracted such an experienced team.

“Our new and existing teams will be integrated into the one practice. Rachael and Matthew already advise a number of existing Hall & Wilcox insurer clients.”

Matthew Curll and Rachael Arnold and their team bring to Hall & Wilcox both liability, professional indemnity, construction risk and property expertise and experience.  Curll and Arnold are both highly rated by local and London clients.

Arnold commented: “Hall & Wilcox have a strong insurance law reputation and we believe that joining forces will allow us to grow the practice and offer our clients greater depth and expertise.

“We were attracted to Hall & Wilcox by its reputation as an energetic, progressive firm, and feel that there is an alignment between their and our culture and way of doing business. We are also excited by Hall & Wilcox’s plans for Sydney and being part of the growth of such a dynamic firm.”

With this acquisition, the Hall & Wilcox insurance team will comprise four partners, seven senior associates, 10 lawyers and 12 paralegals and support staff.


Emma Woolley

Partner & Head of Family Office Advisory

Karl Rozenbergs

Partner and Co-Lead Health & Care

Ben Hamilton

Partner & Technology and Digital Economy Co-Lead

Eugene Chen

Partner & Head of China Practice

Oliver Jankowsky

Partner & Head of International Practice

John Bassilios

Partner & Fintech and Blockchain Lead

Matthew Curll

Partner & Insurance National Practice Leader

Melanie Smith

Director – Business Development, Marketing and Communications

Natalie Bannister

Partner & Commercial National Practice Leader

Nathan Kennedy

Partner, Head of Pro Bono & Community and ESG Co-Lead

William Moore

Partner & Head of Private Clients Advisory

Mark Dessi

Partner & Energy Leader

James Bull

Special Counsel & Frank Lab Co-Lead

Melanie James

People & Culture Manager

Jacqui Barrett

Partner & Head of US Desk

Lauren Parrant

Senior People & Culture Advisor

Melinda Woledge

Marketing & Communications Manager

Jasmine Koh

Senior Associate & Frank Lab Co-Lead

Alison Choy Flannigan

Partner and Co-Lead Health & Care

Jordon Lee


Geoff Benson


Meg Lee

Partner & ESG Co-Lead

John Gray

Partner and NSW Government Co-Lead

Harvey Duckett


Luke Denham


Billie Kerkez

Manager – Smarter Recovery Solutions

Jemima Whiteman


Bradley White


Sarah Khan


Audrey Leahy

Special Counsel & Head of Irish Desk

Nicole Tumiati

Partner & Retail & Consumer Goods Leader

Marie Mitilineos


Gloria Tam


Peter Jones

Senior Commercial Counsel

Eden Winokur

Partner & Head of Cyber

Jennifer Degotardi

Partner & NSW Government Co-Lead

Sheldon Fu


Claire Bourke


Silvana Brcina


Daphne Schilizzi


Andrew Banks


Isabella Urso


Jessica Liu


Amelia Spratt


Lisa Ziegert

Director – Client Solutions

Luke Raams


Emma McDonald


Carl Ayers


Maddison Reznik

Senior Associate & Trade Marks Attorney

Rebecca Dodd


Ruby Hunt

Pro Bono & Community Co-ordinator

Rachel Bonic


Samantha Frost


Emma Bechaz


Steve Johns

Partner & Technology and Digital Economy Co-Lead

Matt Dolan


Luke Hefferan


Michelle Harradine


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