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Australia

Piper Alderman

Sydney

Main Office Address

Level 23, Governor Macquarie Tower

1 Farrer Place

Sydney NSW 2000
Other Offices

Primary Contact Lawyers

Gordon Grieve
Tony Britten-Jones

Firm Profile

Piper Alderman

A premier commercial law firm, Piper Alderman has offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. We work with clients across Australia and internationally to achieve optimum legal and commercial solutions.

Our legal expertise has been built on nearly two centuries of industry experience. Piper Alderman has been a leading advisor to Australian commercial interests for more than 170 years and we continue to advance in knowledge, skills and commitment. We listen to our clients, respond to their needs and guide them through increasingly complex regulatory and business landscapes.

Acting for multinational corporations as well as the Australian branches of many organisations listed in offshore markets, Piper Alderman is regularly involved in complex negotiations across a wide variety of industries and countries. Many of our lawyers hold international qualifications and have practised in other jurisdictions, allowing us to offer our clients effective cross-border legal services backed by extensive experience.

We are often selected by clients and overseas law firms because of our expertise as well as our independence, as we are not formally aligned with a global law firm. We are also a single, united partnership which facilitates a unified approach to legal services nationally. Our national presence also helps overseas companies negotiate the daunting and often complex mix of state and federal legislature across Australia.

  • Agribusiness
  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Charity & not-for-profit
  • Competition & Consumer
  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Cryptocurrency & blockchain
  • Dispute Resolution & Litigation
  • Education & schools
  • Employment Relations
  • Energy & Resources
  • Funds Management
  • Government & Administrative Law
  • Health & Life Sciences
  • Hospitality, Tourism & Gaming
  • International Trade
  • Insolvency, Turnaround & Recoveries
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property & Technology & Telecommunications
  • Planning & Environment
  • Privacy
  • Private Client Services
  • Real Estate
  • Taxation & Superannuation
  • Transport & Logistics

International Directories

Awards and Recommendations

  • 31 recommended lawyers across 9 practice areas in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific.
  • 43 partners and senior lawyers recognised by Best Lawyers in Australia across 38 areas of law.
  • Corporate INTL - Litigation Funding Law Firm of the Year in Australia - 2020
  • Simon Venus – Best Lawyers in Australia “Adelaide Lawyer of the Year” for Agriculture & Rural Affairs
  • 34 recommended lawyers across 8 practice areas in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific.
  • 38 partners and senior lawyers recognised by Best Lawyers in Australia across 36 areas of law.
  • Finance Monthly – Legal Awards 2019: Competition and Anti-Trust – Law Firm of the Year – Australia
  • Finalist - Financial Review Client Choice Awards - Best Law & Related Services firm (A$50-200m)
  • Martin Lovell – Best Lawyers in Australia “Adelaide Lawyer of the Year” for Commercial Law and Project Finance and Development Practice
  • Ashley Watson – Best Lawyers in Australia “Adelaide Lawyer of the Year” for Native Title
  • Michael Bacina – Blockchain Australia - Blockchain Policy Maker or Influencer of the Year 2019
  • 22 partners 1, special counsel and 2 senior associates were recognised in the Asia-Pacific Legal 500 for 2018.
  • Australasian Law Awards – Finalist, 2018 – Australian Law Firm of the Year (100-499 lawyers)
  • 60 partners were named the best in their areas of expertise in Best Lawyers 2019
  • David Ey - Finalist in Financial Review Client Choice Awards for Most Client-Focussed Lawyer
  • Tony Britten-Jones – Best Lawyers “Adelaide Lawyer of the Year – Leasing Law”
  • David Ey – Best Lawyers “Adelaide Lawyer of the Year – Labour & Employment Law”
  • 40 partners were named the best in their areas of expertise in Best Lawyers 2017.
  • 9 partners were recognised in the Asia-Pacific Legal 500 for 2017.
  • Australian Financial Review Client Choice Awards 2017 – Winner - Most Improved Net Promoter Score
  • Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards – Finalist, 2017 - Workplace Relations and Employment Team of the Year
  • Erin McCarthy – Best Lawyers “Adelaide Lawyer of the Year - Occupational Health & Safety Law”
  • Simon Venus – Best Lawyers “Adelaide Lawyer of the Year - Commercial Law”
  • Ashley Watson – Best Lawyers “Adelaide Lawyer of the Year - Planning and Environmental Law”
  • 25 partners were named the best in their areas of expertise in Best Lawyers 2016.
  • Australasian Law Awards - Finalist, 2016 - Australian Law Firm of the Year (100 – 499 Lawyers)
  • Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards – Finalist, 2016 - Intellectual Property Team of the Year
  • Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards – Finalist, 2016 - Workplace Relations and Employment Team of the Year
  • Energy and Resources Legal Advisor of the Year – Australia (Acquisition International).
  • 17 partners were named the best in their areas of expertise in Best Lawyers 2015.
  • Australasian Law Awards - Finalist, 2015 - Australian Law Firm of the Year (100 – 249 Lawyers)
  • Best Gender Diversity Initiative (Australasian Women in Business Law Awards).
  • Litigation Advisor of the Year, Australia (Finance Monthly Global Awards 2014).
  • Law Firm of the Year - Litigation - Australia (M&A Today Global Awards).
  • Bus & Road Transport Law Firm of the Year in Australia (Corporate Intl Global Awards).
  • 16 partners were named the best in their areas of expertise in Best Lawyers 2014.
  • Mark Gordon - "Adelaide Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers 2014.
  • David Ey - "Adelaide Labour and Employment Law Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers 2014.
  • Simon Venus - "Agricultural Lawyer of the Year, Australia" by Finance Monthly Global Awards.
  • 11 partners were named the best in their areas of expertise in Best Lawyers 2013.
  • Law Firm of the Year – Litigation – Australia (M&A International).
  • Litigation Firm of the Year, Australia (Finance Monthly Global Awards 2013).
  • Agriculture Law Firm of the Year – Australia (ACQ Global).
  • Administrative Law Firm of the Year – Australia (ACQ Global).
  • Law Firm of the Year – Australia (ACQ Global).
  • Employment Law Firm of the Year in Australia; Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Australia; Insolvency Law Firm of the Year in Australia; Gaming and other Law Firm of the Year in Australia; (Corporate Intl Legal Awards).
  • Litigation Firm of the Year (Australia) ( Finance Monthly Global Awards 2012).
  • M&A Award - Australian Legal Adviser of the year: Beach Energy/Adelaide Energy (Acquisition International).
  • Gordon Grieve named one of the top 50 lawyers in Australia (Corporate Int'l).
  • The following partners were name the best in their areas of expertise in Best Lawyers 2012: Michael Lhuede – Insolvency and reorganisation; Simon Venus – Agriculture and rural affairs; Mark Gordon – Banking and finance; Simon Ward – Defamation and media.; Tony Britten-Jones – Real property.
  • Michael Lhuede – Melbourne Insolvency and Reorganisation Lawyer of the Year (Best Lawyers 2012).
  • Australian Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year 2011 (Lawyer Monthly magazine).