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.

 

Kerry Chrysiliou

Kerry is a co-founder and managing principal of Chrysiliou IP, which has a principal focus on all aspects of intellectual property. She is a Solicitor and a Patent and Trade Marks Attorney in Australia and New Zealand. A Bachelor of Science graduate (majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry), she has specialised in patent, trade mark and litigation matters since 1969.

Kerry has authored intellectual property presentations and articles in Australia and overseas. Kerry also heads the litigation team in Chrysiliou Lawyers, a division of ChrysLegal, where she acts in major intellectual property litigation matters before the Federal Court and High Court. ChrysLegal is involved in litigation matters in a number of Australian States. Kerry has been highly recommended to clients by senior counsel and has acquired a substantial reputation in the intellectual property litigation field.

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Chrysiliou IP and ChrysLegal  (“the Group”):

The Group occupies a niche in the Australasian intellectual property field by bringing specialist knowledge of intellectual property, consumer law and technology law into the practice provided by patent and trade mark attorneys and lawyers. With offices in Sydney and Melbourne it represents clients throughout Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea with members of the Group admitted to practice in such countries.

The Group dates back to1987 when CMC intellectual property lawyers was founded by Andros Chrysiliou and Kerry Chrysiliou who had for many years before such time occupied senior partner positions in one of Australia’s largest Firms.  With careers dating back to 1970, Andros and Kerry used a wealth of knowledge and experience upon which to build the solid foundations of the Group, which has worked hard to establish a reputation for outstanding services in Australia and overseas.

The law firm in its initial years came to prominence with its successful handling of significantly important contentious matters.  These matters had been transferred to the Firm’s care by large US multi-national corporations and local companies who had faith in the Firm.

The Group has a strong team of experts in its patent and trade mark attorney and litigation practices, offering a range of specially designed services in the intellectual property law and related practice fields. These specialised services include reviewing the management of clients’ intellectual property portfolios, creating a master plan for effective protection and been in a position to the in the best possible position should litigation becomes necessary or is encountered.

Security and confidentiality is an ethical requirement of the Group and it protects client’s confidential information as if it is our own and this is important when litigation proceedings are on the radar. Using conflict management tools members of the Group has managed to settle numerous matters with favorable outcomes and avoiding the need for costly litigation.

Kerry has played a leading role in establishing such structure for the Group, as well as diligently working around the clock in leading the way in giving clients the best possible attention to their intellectual property litigation and providing the best prospects for success.

Kerry is a director in a top level professional rugby league team and has been actively involved in the activities of the team and its governing body. Kerry is also a director of a horse racing and breeding company. Her commercial experiences at board level have been passed onto the Group in providing a better understanding of what are critical factors for businesses in conflict matters.

Creativity and new ideas lie at the heart of every successful new venture.  These intangible rights need to be legally protected by experts in order to avoid costly adverse consequences down the track. It is all part of a successful anti-litigation plan and the Group has the patent and trade mark attorney and lawyer team of technically literate and experienced professionals to do that and they  not only think outside the box, but examine all cavities within the box.

 

Ruth C A Higgins

Ruth Higgins appears, principally as lead counsel, in proceedings across Australia in competition, public, commercial, energy, media and corporate criminal law matters. She acts for listed companies (Volkswagen, Apple, Qantas, Tabcorp, CBA, BlueScope, Woolworths) energy companies (AGL, BP, Origin, Energy Australia), media companies, (Today FM, Seven), and government instrumentalities, including the ACCC, NCC and ASIC.

She has appeared at various enquirers including as counsel assisting the ACCC East Coast Gas Enquiry, at private and public hearings of the ICAC and as counsel for Macquarie Generation at the Special Commission of Enquiry into Electricity Transactions.

Ruth won the Glasgow University medal in law, completed a doctorate in legal philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford, lectured at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and was a visiting scholar at Columbia University. Her publications include The Moral Limits of Law (OUP, 2004) and three collections of essays co-edited with Justin Gleeson SC, through Federation Press.

She has been included in Best Lawyers Australia since 2008 (currently, Litigation, ADR, and Bet-the-Company Litigation) and Chambers Global since 2011 (currently Bar, Dispute Resolution, Band 1). In 2013, she won the inaugural Sheahan Lock Partners Junior Barrister Award, at the Lawyers Weekly, Women in Law Awards, and has since won several related awards through Lawyers Monthly UK, including awards for constitutional law in 2014, and for competition law and banking and finance law in 2015. In 2016, she won the ACQ5 Law Awards: Award for Best Competition Lawyer (Australia), having won the award for best female competition lawyer the preceding year. In 2015, she also won the Corporate Livewire, Annual Law Awards, Energy Lawyer of the Year, Australia. She is currently ranked in Doyle’s Guide as a leading barrister in competition law, insolvency law and commercial litigation (Australia and New South Wales).

In 2013, Ruth was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

Since 2014, she has been Assistant General Editor of the Australian Law Journal.

In 2015, Ruth was elected to the NSW Bar Association Bar Council, having previously been a director of the Bar Association between 2007 and 2009.

In January 2016, she was awarded a Visiting Fellowship to New College, Oxford, during which she plans to complete her current book project, a single-authored monograph entitled Law’s Candour, concerning the relationship between truth and adversarial common law systems.

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. Our inaugural Head of Chambers was Justin Gleeson SC, the current Solicitor-General for the Commonwealth. Since Justin’s appointment Robert Newlinds SC has been our Head of Chambers.

Two of our 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 has always been and remains a youthful progressive floor committed to providing the highest level of service in the rapidly changing legal market. All of our 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.

We now have 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.

Our 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.

 

Stephen Stern

Stephen is best known for his extensive patent, copyright and trade mark litigation practice, including his anti-counterfeiting work for many of the world’s most prestigious brands. He is also well-known for his extensive wine law practice and in 2006 was appointed a Chevalier in the Ordre du Mérite agricole by the French government in recognition of his services to the French wine industry.

Listed as a “leading lawyer” in virtually every notable legal guide and directory, Stephen is recognised as Australia’s foremost trade mark lawyer by his clients and the industry.

Stephen’s client list is like a stroll though a luxury department store.

He is a leading authority in intellectual property field, acting for a wide range of clients including luxury goods manufacturers, clothing, footwear and textile producers, pharmaceutical companies, telecommunication and electronic companies.

Patents Law Practice:

Managing a large portfolio of trade marks internationally – as Corrs does for Foster’s, for example – requires the right strategic approach to maximise protection whilst containing costs.

Luxury brands, like Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Gucci, Cartier and Hugo Boss rely upon us to cost-effectively contain the ever-present problem of counterfeits, even when that involves extended protection for non-traditional marks such as colours or shapes.

Others, like BlackBerry makers RIM and fashion name Lacoste entrust to us complex enforcement actions against competitors.

Right across the spectrum – whether it is routine enforcement of trade marks against rogue retailers or taking a complex question of trade mark law right up to the High Court of Australia as Corrs did for Gallo, Corrs’ trade mark practice focuses on getting the right results for our clients.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth:

Corrs Chambers Westgarth is a world class law firm committed to driving Australia’s competitiveness and its economic engagement with Asia.

We advise major organisations on the matters most important to them, bridging the gap between business issues and legal practice.

With offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth as well as strong partnering relationships globally and throughout the Asia Pacific region, we are ideally placed to support clients whose businesses extend internationally and nationally.

Our lawyers work across geographic boundaries and practice areas to help our clients achieve their strategic business goals. We have the resources necessary to serve our clients’ needs, no matter how large the transaction or complex the issue. We are consistently involved in the highest profile work in the Asia Pacific region and in Australia.

Corrs lawyers are considered to be world class in their fields. We are proud of our reputation for developing talent to deliver legal and commercial excellence.

Corrs is guided by important values, which help us focus on what is essential for success. They help us create an energetic and exciting environment in which our people are motivated and challenged to do their best. We like to think of Corrs as a place with open doors, where any person can feel free to ask questions or talk through an issue. We have a range of policies that guide the way we work together, with our clients and in the community.

Our commitment to engaging our staff and providing them with the opportunity to build successful careers has made us a much sought-after employer. We have received 10 employer of choice awards in the past four years, and are the only large national law firm to be awarded ALB Gold Employer of Choice 2012, for the second year in a row – as voted by our staff in an independent national survey.

 

Paul Price

Price Sierakowski is a boutique corporate law firm established in 1999 in Perth, Western Australia.

Our expertise is in high level corporate work including capital raisings, merger and acquisitions, resources and energy, reconstruction and litigation.

Our corporate experience includes advice on Corporations Law and ASX Listing Rules, both debt and equity raisings, corporate restructuring, initial public offerings (IPOs), rights issues, placements,  share purchase plans, employee share and option plans, due diligence, corporate governance, board and shareholder meetings: issues and documentation, tenure, land access and native title, preparation and negotiation of transaction documents (including acquisition and sale agreements), joint venture agreements, farm-in agreements, financing facilities, sales and off-take agreements, takeover bids and defences, schemes of arrangement, business acquisition and disposals, and corporate mergers including reverse takeovers, advice on structuring the transaction and negotiation of commercial terms from both the buy and sell sides, negotiation and preparation of reconstruction agreements, deeds of company arrangement and creditor’s trust deeds, and representation at creditor and shareholder meetings.

Our clients include Australian and international companies involved in a multitude of industries, including manufacturing, property, telecommunications, fashion, building materials, construction, mineral resources, oil and gas, exploration, both listed and unlisted companies, financial institutions, venture capitalists, accounting practices, underwriters, and we give advice to boards and individual directors on transactions, both domestically and abroad.

We are a law firm that provides better experiences through strong connections with clients and staff.  Price Sierakowski is “Allied to your interests”.

“Allied to your interests”.  To clients, this statement is a promise that an enduring relationship with Price Sierakowski will also achieve real commercial results.  Why do we know this to be true?  Because only a strong, on-going connection between lawyer and client can lead to the deep understanding needed to offer truly valuable counsel, counsel that delves beyond top-of-mind thinking into insightful, proactive advice.

“Allied to your interests”. To staff, this statement is a promise and challenge… it is a promise that the firm will act as a partner with them in their professional and personal development.  The three directors, who work closely within the team, nurture and reward staff to assist them in reaching new career and life goals.

But is also a challenge to staff, in that they must personally invest in the outcomes to their clients.  They must commit to hold the interests of the client in the same regard as their own individual and professional interests.

The firm has lived by its positioning statement, Allied to your interests, since inception.