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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

Piper Alderman is a commercial law firm consistently ranked as one of Australia's leading law firms and independently recognised as an outstanding legal provider.

We work closely with clients to understand the commercial and legal imperatives driving their business and the environment in which they operate.  We then bring together a team whose approach is commercial and outcome driven, focusing on partnering with our clients to create practical, innovative legal solutions.

Our firm has been operating for over 160 years.  We have over 60 partners and close to 350 staff with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.  Our firm is completely integrated across practice areas, and geographically, enabling our lawyers to draw on skills and expertise from the entire Piper Alderman practice.

Piper Alderman’s international team helps clients deal with the complex mix of Australian local, state and federal legal and administrative regimes and relevant government and industry-based regulations.  Many Piper Alderman lawyers have significant expertise dealing with cross-border matters, multi-party projects and global transactions. Many have practiced in other jurisdictions and hold qualifications from abroad.

 We advise enterprises across the globe on commencing new ventures in Australia and conducting operations in the Australian business environment.  We act for many multi-national corporations and for the Australian branches of many organisations listed on offshore markets.

 We appreciate the importance of working collaboratively across the globe and enjoy working as part of a team of legal, financial and business adviser helping our clients to achieve their business goals.

  • 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

  • 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).