Meagan Bertolatti

Meagan Bertolatti graduated from University of Notre Dame, Sydney with an LLB (First Class Honours) and a BA in Politics and Journalism. She joined Quinn Emanuel’s Sydney office in 2016 as an associate. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Meagan worked at one of Australia’s largest plaintiff’s class action firms, where she focused primarily on plaintiff law and commercial litigation. Meagan also has prior experience as a legal researcher at universities in both New South Wales and Western Australia.

Firm Overview:

The Sydney office opened with two of Australia’s “finest litigators,” Michael Mills and Michelle Fox, who joined the firm from Herbert Smith Freehills. They were then joined in 2014 by Beau Deleuil, former worldwide head of litigation at King & Wood Mallesons and in 2015 by Damian Scattini, who was a Principal at the largest Australian plaintiff’s class action firm and head of its Queensland class actions practice. The promotion to partnership in 2016 of senior associate Duncan Watson, took Sydney to a five partner office.

Quinn Emanuel’s global reputation is built on doing only one thing—business litigation—and doing it better than anyone else. The Australian offices are no different. We have no corporate practice. We filled a void in the Australian legal market for a high-end specialist litigation practice not saddled with the conflicts that plague the big, full-service firms. We are not committed to any one industry or side, and therefore we represent our clients without fear or favor—whether as defendants or plaintiffs. The Sydney office is backed by the resources, experience, and reputation of the largest litigation-only firm in the world.

We have hired our lawyers one by one, with a strict policy of hiring some of the best and the brightest in the country. We have former judges’ associates, honours graduates from Australia’s premier law schools, internationally recognized LLMs and attorneys admitted in multiple states and countries. They bring with them a wealth of litigation and trial experience from all over the world. Because we only employ the best lawyers, our clients receive the best work and resolution outcomes.

The lawyers in the Sydney office have deep experience representing companies in a broad array of complex commercial business disputes, in Australia and internationally and on both sides of the bar table. These include transactional disputes, directors and officers litigation, class actions for plaintiffs and defendants, insolvency and restructuring, mass torts, white collar crime, insurance (both coverage disputes and risk solutions for policy holders), competition law, products liability, financial services and various other kinds of business disputes.

Our Sydney partners have represented clients in some of Australia’s largest and most complex corporate collapses, crises, disasters, and class actions, including HIH, World Trade Center litigation, Ensham Resources, Babcock & Brown liquidation proceedings, the James Hardie Royal Commission, a shareholder class action against Shine Corporate Limited, and currently running seven class actions in the Supreme Court of NSW against vehicle manufacturers arising out of the Takata airbags recalls; as well as presently (as a matter of public record): Arup Pty Ltd, Aurizon, Forge Group, ICICI Bank, NuCoal Ltd, South32, Macquarie Bank, Deloitte, and Viva Energy (amongst others).

We also offer our clients an array of dispute resolution alternatives and expertise, including successfully negotiating creative ways to resolve commercial disputes by arbitration, mediation and early neutral evaluation. We have extensive experience acting as counsel in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under all major arbitral rules, seated in Australia and around the world.

Our Sydney Partners are highly regarded by the top publications including Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Expert Guides, Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Who’s Who Legal, and Australian Financial Review. Recently, Michelle Fox, Michael Mills, and Beau Deleuil were named in the 2019 “Best Lawyers in Australia” list by Best Lawyers. Michael Mills was also named “Product Liability Lawyer of the Year”. In the Global Arbitration Review 100 2016, we were noted as one of the highest ranked arbitration practices operating in Australia.

Emily Grunstein

Emily Grunstein is a foreign qualified senior associate in our infrastructure practice. Emily has extensive experience in a variety of finance transactions. These include financings of construction, restructures of debt and equity positions and sales of assets and loan portfolios.

Emily has international legal experience, including several years spent working for a leading New York firm.

During her time in the US, the clients she assisted included Macquarie Capital USA, Annaly, AIG, Jefferies Group, C-III Asset Management, Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, the estate of Lehman Brothers, Archstone, Madison Capital, and the Union Labor Life Insurance Company.

Emily is qualified in the USA (New York) but is not admitted in Australia.

Firm Overview:

A progressive global law firm

Our vision is to be the most progressive global law firm. For us, “progressive” is a mindset, an approach to how we do things. We instinctively take a fresh perspective on situations, exploring whether there are better ways of delivering practical, commercial solutions to the challenges our client’s face in today’s rapidly changing business landscape.

Susan Babidge

Susan Babidge is a Partner in the firm’s Workplace Law Group. Susan helps organisations navigate the complex and highly regulated world of employee relations.

Susan has extensive experience working in workplace law in South Australia and New South Wales. Susan has a unique background in both the private and public sector that has given her an insight into a range of workplace issues faced by organisations of all sizes and across a range of industries. With that experience, Susan understands the commercial benefits of successfully anticipating, managing and resolving workplace issues.

Susan’s experience working in-house has given her an appreciation and understanding of the pressures and realities of in-house legal and people and culture teams. Susan has a depth of experience in conducting workplace investigations, advising on complex award and industrial interpretation matters and advising on employment issues in commercial transactions.

Firm Overview:

Fisher Jeffries is a specialist commercial law firm.

Established in 1885 and based in Adelaide, South Australia, we act throughout Australia for clients who recognise the exceptional value of our legal services.

Fisher Jeffries acts for a diverse range of Australian and international corporations, financial institutions, Federal and State governments, high net worth individuals and prominent not-for profit organisations.

We are proud of our long standing relationships with key clients, and always keen to assist new clients with our commercially astute advice and local market insights.

We have the capability and expertise to deliver all manner of commercial legal services, from the routine to complex, whether transactional, potentially litigious or in formal legal proceedings.

Fisher Jeffries’ proven track record of client service is distinguished by our client focus. We deliver pragmatic and effective advice, tailored to our clients’ strategic goals.

Our senior lawyers are ‘hands on’. With unrivalled expertise and diversity of experience, our clients get early and realistic risk assessments. This together with strong cost control and efficient project management differentiates us from all other lawyers. We stick to our budgets.

Better still, we work very hard for our clients and achieve only outstanding results.

Fisher Jeffries is both an established and progressive firm. We are a leader in workplace diversity and pro bono support of many worthy organisations in our community.

As a member of Gadens Lawyers National Practice we offer our banking and property clients a nationally consistent and cost-effective legal solution. As an associate office of Dentons Australia, we offer our clients a global reach to the world’s largest law firm.

To find out how we can help you, please contact one of our senior lawyers.

Joydeep Hor

Joydeep Hor is a Graduate of Harvard Business School’s Owner-President Management Program and one of Australia’s most high-profile lawyers and legal entrepreneurs.

Having completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney where he majored in English literature together with his Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) degree, Joydeep went on to complete a Master of Laws at the same institution, focusing on labour and employment law. Joydeep has been ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers every year since 2010 and also in Doyle’s Guide to the Legal Profession.

Joydeep started his career at Freehill Hollingdale & Page (as it then was), before moving to another specialist workplace relations firm where he was made an equity partner at the early age of 28. He was managing partner of that firm from 2005 to 2010. Joydeep’s first book “Inside Employee Screening” was published in 1999 and he has authored several books since that time, including “Managing Workplace Behaviour”, “Managing Termination of Employment” and “Finders Keepers: A Guide to Attracting and Retaining Great Employees”. He has been a keynote speaker at countless conventions and industry events and for many years has been appearing on television programs for Channel 7, the ABC and Sky News as a thought leader and commentator in his areas of expertise. In 2016 Joydeep represented Australia at the International Forum on Employment Law in Portugal and he has been an invited speaker at multiple International Bar Association conferences.

In July 2010, Joydeep founded a groundbreaking practice in the legal industry, People + Culture Strategies. PCS was established to be unlike any other legal firm given its emphasis on working with its clients to prevent disputation and legal problems arising within their organisations, as opposed to a mere “reactive” provider. PCS now services over 1000 employers (with a strong reputation particularly in handling sensitive employee separation issues, matters of workplace bullying and harassment and developing strategic solutions to organisation’s people management challenges). Clients of the firm include Mars, Coca-Cola, Yum! Restaurants, Cochlear, 7-Eleven, Starbucks, Tesla, Coles, Sony Universal, Mercer and many other household name businesses. The firm has sustained revenue growth in excess of 20% every year due to the strength of its value proposition and its “partnership-based” approach to clients and billing. PCS is a member of Innangard, a global alliance of specialist Labour and Employment law firms, giving its clients access to some of the best labour and employment lawyers around the world.

 

Paul McCann

Paul McCann is recognised as one of Sydney’s most effective litigation lawyers in superior court jurisdictions, with a reputation for exceptional commitment to client service.

With over 30 years experience in the area of commercial litigation, various Federal and State Commissions of Inquiry and the defence of corporate prosecutions, Paul’s skills are in the strategic management of the whole of the litigation process, particularly involving complex issues.  Paul’s intention is at all times to secure the right client outcome, whether through a commercial settlement, mediation, arbitration or a court proceeding, at the earliest opportunity.

In addition, Paul has played a pivotal role in the management of a leading law firm as a member of various senior executive teams charged with enhancing the firm’s service standards, maintaining its reputation for professional excellence and optimising its operational performance and efficiency.

Qualifications

·         Bachelor of Laws, University of Sydney, 1973

Professional Admissions

·         Admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales, 1974

·         Admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Victoria, 1988

·         Admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Western Australia, 1998

·         Admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia, 1976

Professional Recognition

·         Leading Lawyer in Dispute Resolution, Chambers and Partners Global Guide 2010–2017

·         Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific 2017, Australia, Dispute Resolution (Ranked Lawyer – Band 4)

·         Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution, The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2013–2017

·         Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lawyer – New South Wales, Doyles Guide 2017

·         Best Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Best Lawyers 2010–2017 (Australia)

·         Expert Guides, Litigation and Product Liability 2016 12th Ed

·         Leading Lawyer, AsiaLaw 2014

Professional Experience

·         Partner, Russells, 1 July, 2015 to present

·         Senior Litigation Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, 2007–30 June 2015

·         Partner and National Head of Litigation and member of the National Operating Committee and Executive Team, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, 2001–07

·         Partner in Charge, Sydney Office, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, 2001–06

·         Partner and Head of Litigation, Sydney Practice and member of the Sydney Practice Executive Team, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, 1987–97

·         Partner, Sydney Litigation Practice, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, 1985–87

Key Practice Fields

  • Arbitration
  • Commercial Property Disputes
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate and Business Disputes
  • Corporations Law
  • Energy, Mining and Resources Disputes
  • Financial Services
  • Government and Administrative Law
  • Insurance and Risk Management
  • Media Law
  • Partnership and Shareholder Disputes
  • Professional Negligence

 

Adewale Oladejo

Our principal has over 18 years of legal practice experience including over 10 years in Australian Immigration Law, Practice & Procedure.

Adewale Oladejo holds a Bachelor of Laws, LLB (Honours) degree and has also completed Master of Public International Law at the University of Melbourne in 1999. He subsequently attended the College of Law, Sydney for his practical legal training and has been an Australian lawyer following his admission as a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2002. He was appointed a Public Notary for Victoria by the Supreme Court of Victoria in May 2016.

He has practised law in Melbourne. Prior to becoming the principal at VisaTEC Legal, his legal career included some 6 years’ experience working variously in a specialist Immigration Law Firm as well as obtaining position as the senior lawyer / migration agent with a large non-profit migrant resource centre, both in Melbourne. He is also registered as a migration agent with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA), MARN: 0316370

Experience is extensive with mostly successful outcomes and touches on key areas of Immigration practice including General skilled migration, Employer sponsorships, Business and Investment Visas, Partner and Family visas as well as Student and citizenship matters.

His vast experience in Department of Immigration (DIBP) applications, Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) matters and Judicial Appeals coupled with hard work and an abiding commitment to client-focused representation ensures you get the best possible advice at all times with your Immigration and Visa issues.

Adewale mentors couple of Juris Doctor’s students annually for Melbourne University Law School for the past few years.

Our principal is part of dedicated team of lawyers and registered migration agents as well as para legal and administrative staff.

 

Phillip Gibson

Phillip is one of Australia’s leading criminal defence lawyers. Having over 30 years of experience in all areas of criminal law his practice now focuses solely on serious, complex, and international crime.

Serious and Complex Crime

As a result of his experience and skill as a defence lawyer Phillip can manage and advise on the most complex cases. In the areas of traditional crime Phillip has acted in many large and serious drug matters including the largest ever importation of drugs in Australia, high profile murder trials and numerous complex fraud matters including international / transnational bribery.

Phillip specialises in the following types of cases:

  • White collar and corporate crime
  • Serious fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Commercial and international drug supply
  • Drug importation
  • Murder
  • International / Transnational Crime

With the proliferation of e-commerce and the availability of the internet to communicate and transfer money around the world many criminal investigations now involve overseas law enforcement bodies and require an ability to work on an international scale. Phillip has advised on cases involving China, U.S.A., United Kingdom, Sweden, Czechoslovakia, South Korea, British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Singapore, and New Zealand. These cases often involve assets forfeiture and multiple jurisdictions. This work includes the following:

  • International money laundering
  • New South Wales Crime Commission (NSWCC)
  • Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC)
  • Independent Commission against Corruption
  • Royal Commissions
  • Transnational crime
  • Cyber crime
  • Extradition law
  • Mutual Assistance in Criminal matters
  • National Security law
  • Proceeds of Crime law

Phillip appears in all courts in Australia and travels extensively outside Australia to facilitate the defence of his clients in international / transnational matters.

Awards

2016: Global Law Experts named Nyman Gibson Miralis the leading white collar defence firm in   Australia. Global Law Experts (GLE) is the premier guide to leading attorneys throughout the world.

2016: Corporate Live Wire named Nyman Gibson Miralis as the leading white collar defence firm in Australia

2016: Corporate Live Wire names Nyman Gibson Miralis as the leading criminal defence firm in Australia

The Corporate Live Wire Legal awards honour and celebrate achievements within the Global Law community.

2016: International Advisory Experts named Nyman Gibson Miralis as white collar criminal  lawyers of the year in Australia.

International Advisory Experts is a global alliance of well-established and experienced legal, financial and consulting firms that are committed to providing clients with specialist solutions for their international business requirements

2016: Doyles Legal Guide named Phillip Gibson as a leading criminal defence lawyer

2016: Doyles Guide named Nyman Gibson Miralis as a leading criminal defence firm

Doyles is the most comprehensive guide to Australia’s best lawyers, law firms and barristers.

2016: the 11th Annual ACQ5 GLOBAL AWARDS named Phillip Gibson as Criminal Defence Lawyer Of The Year for Australia.

 

Peter Franke

Peter Franke has the depth and breadth of experience to bring a clear focus to your IP strategies.

Peter holds the degrees of Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science, with a major in physics, from the University of Melbourne. He qualified as an Australian Patent and Trade Mark Attorney in 1990, and is also registered to practice in New Zealand. Peter has previously held senior roles, including as Chairman, in a major Australian patent attorney firm. Peter’s patent practice has encompassed a wide range of technologies and industries, including: medical devices, including mechanical, electrical, software and materials aspects of implantable, surgical and external devices, imaging and diagnostic methods; software and internet services; sustainable technologies, including power storage, hydrogen generation, water treatment, solar thermal systems, and photovoltaics; electronic and mechanical devices; building products; computer hardware; telecommunications systems and services; gaming systems including slot games and table games; and optical systems including fibre optics. Peter also has an active trade mark practice, having acted for major Australian and international companies.

PATENTS PRACTICE:

You invest a lot of time, money and effort into the development of new technologies that represent a competitive advantage for your products or services. You need to prevent competitors from gaining an income at your expense by copying.

Franke Hyland drafts patents for a wide range of technologies and then manages the entire application process in Australia, New Zealand and internationally to achieve the best protection for your invention.

Our services include conducting searches of patent and other publications to determine and advise on the patentability of new technologies, and can also advise on whether your new project might infringe other people’s patent rights.

Patents form a very important part of an overall Intellectual Property strategy that allows you the achieve the most useful protection available within the constraints of your budget.

IP strategy, and balancing the intersection of IP law, business and technology underpin all of Peter’s work.  Peter has extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting to grant patents in Australia, and taking them to grant around the world.  He is also experienced in pre and post grant procedure in Australia, including oppositions, re-examination and amendment processes.  He regularly provides expert reports to assist due diligence, IPO and related activities.  Peter also counsels clients and provides opinions on infringement and validity issues.

 

Elliot Hyde

Elliot Hyde was admitted to the Bar in 2005 and is currently a member of Banco Chambers. Elliot has extensive experience in the Commercial List in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Federal Court of Australia. He has acted as lead counsel in many complex and large commercial disputes as well as in disputes concerning valuation issues arising from significant infrastructure transactions.  Elliot is recognised by Doyle’s Guides list of leading commercial barristers and is entitled to practise in all Australian states and Territories.

Elliot has developed particular experience in: corporations legislation including director’s duties, managed investments schemes, deeds of company arrangements, voidable transactions and liquidator’s examinations; trade practices and consumer protection; securities class actions/representative proceedings; trusts and equitable obligations; property law; legal professional privilege and breach of confidence; and general commercial disputes.

The recent cases in which Elliot was instructed include the Tamaya Shareholder Class Action and the RiverCity Proceedings. Elliot was acting counsel for the shareholders of Tamaya Resources Limited in a class action commenced in the Federal Court of Australia by HFPS Pty Ltd as trustee for the Hunter Facility Project Services Pty Ltd Superannuation Fund and Roslyndale Nominees Pty Ltd as trustee for the Tony Fay Family Trust (the Plaintiffs).  The plaintiffs claim that Tamaya Resources Limited (Tamaya), its directors and auditors made certain material misrepresentations as to, among other things, the purpose of capital raising and the true value of Tamaya shares to potential investors in Tamaya.  The case also sought to expand an auditor’s duty of care to those who may invest in the company.

In the case of Hopkins v AECOM (the RiverCity Proceedings), Elliot was acting counsel for AECOM Australia Pty Ltd, the First Respondent in these proceedings.  Central to the applicants’ case against AECOM is the allegation that traffic forecasts that were included in the PDS substantially overestimated the average annual daily traffic volumes that would use the North-South Bypass Tunnel (NSBT).  There have been numerous ongoing interlocutory application fights in relation to these proceedings.

Elliot completed a Masters of Law in 2008 and has also served a number of years on the Bar Association’s bar examination working committee.  Prior to coming to the Bar, Elliot was a Senior Associate in the Commercial Litigation teams at Minter Ellison and Deacons (now Norton Rose Fulbright).

BANCO CHAMBERS:

Banco Chambers was opened on 10 March 2005 in the Reserve Bank Building by the Hon. J.J. Spigelman AC Chief Justice of New South Wales.  It then consisted of 15 members, made up of 3 silks and 12 juniors.  Banco Chambers expanded in January 2009 taking a floor in Chifley Tower and 15 new junior barristers.  The inaugural Head of Chambers was Justin Gleeson SC, the current Solicitor-General for the Commonwealth. Since Justin’s appointment Robert Newlinds SC has held the position of Head of Chambers.

Two of Chambers’ foundation members, Justice Christine Adamson and Justice Fabian Gleeson are now Judges of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Court of Appeal respectively.

Banco Chambers has always been and remains a youthful progressive floor committed to providing the highest level of service in the rapidly changing legal market. Each of the barristers have superior and specialised advocacy skills enabling them to add value to any case in any court, tribunal or arbitration. Our barristers are also specialists in various fields where they provide sensible, commercial, objective and accurate advice.

Banco Chambers now has 30 members of varying levels of seniority, including seven of Australia’s leading Silks, Tom Blackburn SC, Peter Brereton SC, Andrew Coleman SC, Robert Dick SC, Richard McHugh SC, Cameron Moore SC and Robert Newlinds SC.  The senior junior and junior barristers are Clarissa Amato, Farid Assaf, Darrell Barnett, Timothy Breakspear, Nicholas Bender, Anthony D’Arcy, Sandy Dawson, Kristen Deards, Ruth Higgins, Anne Horvath, Elliot Hyde, Ben Kremer, Peter Kulevski, Jonathon Redwood, Katherine Richardson, Declan Roche, Fiona Roughley, Peter Silver, David Sulan, James Watson, Christopher Withers, Tiffany Wong and Robert Yezerski.

 

Mr Dennis Miralis

Overview of Nyman Gibson Miralis- size and geographical reach:

Nyman Gibson Miralis is a specialist firm of criminal defence lawyers and advisors based in Sydney, Australia, with expertise in domestic and international white collar and corporate crime.

White collar crime encompass offences such as corporate crime, fraud, bribery (including foreign bribery), insider trading, embezzlement, taxation offences, money laundering and other dishonesty related offences which may be prosecuted by the Australian Tax Office (ATO), the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) and the Commonwealth DPP (CDPP).

White collar crime also captures proceedings for the forfeiture and seizure of property declared to be proceeds of crime.

What are our main target markets?

Our clients are Directors of Corporations of all sizes, employees and contractors, government office holders, foreign executives and individuals who are seeking the expertise of lawyers who can operate in Australia but also globally.

Our clients seek us out for sound legal advice concerning negotiations with the regulators during the investigation phase but also for our experience in developing and providing legally sophisticated strategies for trial.

Representing clients in white collar crime investigations and offences requires a comprehensive understanding of the complex legislation and the practice and procedure of regulatory and investigative bodies

The investigation of complex white collar offences often involves multiple law enforcement agencies working across several jurisdictions to investigate, gather evidence, and prosecute, sometimes in more than one jurisdiction, whilst parallel civil and criminal proceedings are often permitted.

We offer specialist capabilities in these areas including providing legal advice about compliance with Australian Anti- Money Laundering legislation.

What are the outstanding services we offer?

Nyman Gibson Miralis has acquired expertise in working collaboratively across jurisdictions and formulating international defence strategies, covering international investigations and prosecutions (including extradition) and the sharing of information between foreign states.

Our major point of difference is our transnational legal work and the relationships we have built working collaboratively with international partners to achieve results aligned with our clients’ objectives.

Our lawyers have strategically collaborated with lawyers in the US, Cyprus, London, Singapore, China, Canada, Russia, South Korea, Mexico and Hong Kong.

Mr Dennis Miralis has practiced exclusively in the area of criminal law since 2001 with a specialist focus on international white collar and corporate crime.

Mr Dennis Miralis is a member of the NSW Law Society, the International Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, a member of Law Asia, a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, a member of the International Law Association and is on the Legal Aid serious and complex crime panel.

Notable achievements in 2016: 

In 2016 Nyman Gibson Miralis acted in a high profile global investigation involving the US and Australia concerning allegations of foreign bribery, money laundering and shareholder fraud being investigated by the FBI, the US Securities Exchange Commission and other global law enforcement bodies. This case remains ongoing.