The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Australia, 2017 edition


The Legal 500 Asia Pacific has recognised our expertise in the 2017 edition with 12 of our partners and senior lawyers recognised across 6 areas of law.  The directory ranks firms into tiers based on a number of factors including complexity of matters handled, size of practice and client feedback received.



“Piper Alderman’s ‘cost-effective’ team is headed by the ‘extremely bright, versatile and commercial’ Geoff Emmett. Other highly regarded practitioners include Megan Calder (who is ‘excellent’) and Ted Williams (‘a trusted adviser on the most sensitive and complicated matters’). The team represented Hickory Construction in a multimillion-dollar dispute, and advised Watpac on the construction of 15 schools across Victoria.”

Dispute resolution

“Piper Alderman’s ‘exceptionally responsive’ team includes ‘consummate professional’ Greg Whyte and the ‘astute’ Gordon Grieve, who are acting for DF II Global Co-Investment Fund in a cross-border dispute arising from an investment in a US-based corporate. Simon Morris heads the practice.”


“Piper Alderman has a solid roster of longstanding clients, among them are Bridgestone, the Department of Defence, St John Ambulance and Thiess. The team represented the director of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate in two separate Federal Court matters against the CFMEU. Recommended are Tim LangeTim Capelin (who ‘understands the urgent nature of situations’ and ‘gives the right advice, not the advice that clients would like to hear’)”

Intellectual property

“Melbourne-based Tim Clark leads at Piper Alderman, where the team is considered a ‘safe pair of hands for high-value IP matters’. In Adelaide, Tim O’Callaghan remains busy handling trade mark protection work.

Real estate

“Piper Alderman was busy handling a large number of deals for key client Charter Hall, including practice head Lexia Wilson advising the company on its A$240m acquisition of the Stockyards Industrial Estate.”

Restructuring and insolvency​

“The team continued to handle a volume of contentious mandates in the SME space. Melbourne-based Michael Lhuede is an additional key contact.”