The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Australia, 2016 edition


The Legal 500 Asia Pacific has recognised our expertise in the 2016 edition with 14 of our partners and senior lawyers recognised across 8 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 practice includes Aaron Suine, who delivers ‘phenomenal work’. Geoff Emmett, who heads the team recently advised supplier Boral on the construction of the new Perth Stadium and has been bolstered by the arrival of Ted Williams, who was previously in-house.”

Corporate and M&A

“Piper Alderman’s head of practice James Dickson was particularly active, representing clients such as Cooper-Standard Holdings and ASX-listed AWE.”

Dispute resolution

“Piper Alderman stands out for its ‘excellent value for money, generating results that other firms would charge a lot more to obtain’. Brisbane-based Greg Whyte, who ‘proactively advances cases’, is acting in the BrisConnections class action. Gordon Grieve heads the practice.”

Intellectual property

“Piper Alderman’s four-partner team is ‘excellent at understanding its clients’ business needs’, drawing on its sector expertise in healthcare, food and beverages, energy and TMT. Tim Clark and Tim O’Callaghan are key contacts in Melbourne and Adelaide respectively.”

Labour and employment

“Piper Alderman has extensive collective bargaining expertise. The firm recently represented three stevedores in anti-bullying litigation, and Numerix in a restraint of trade matter. Tim Lange ‘has the confidence of senior-level clients’, and Tim Capelin ‘never misses a beat’ and ‘gains trust quickly’.”

Media and entertainment

“Piper Alderman has experienced the departure of Richard Chew to Sparke Helmore Lawyers but still features three partners who have particular energy and health sector expertise. Tim Clark is the practice head.”

Real estate

“Sydney-based Piper Alderman’s practice head Lexia Wilson is regularly instructed by Charter Hall on acquisitions, developments and leasebacks of industrial facilities including the A$25m Coates Hire Distribution Centre in Queensland. Other key contacts include Tony Britten-Jones and Rocco Caruso, both in Adelaide.”

Restructuring and insolvency​

“Piper Alderman’s practice has undergone change with Amanda Banton leaving for Squire Patton Boggs but still features ‘solid expert adviser’ Warren Jiear and Michael Lhuede. PPB Advisory, Deloitte, ANZ and Rural Finance of Victoria are clients.”