The Practical Law Australia family comprises an external board of advisors and in-house team of legal writers. All our team members have specialist practice experience, and are dedicated to delivering practical and concise guidance to busy legal professionals.

 

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Legal writing teams

Practical Law Australia's legal writers have practical legal expertise gained from Australia's leading law firms and corporate legal departments. Now their practical knowledge can give you a better start.

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Linda Taylor

Linda Taylor has more than 15 years' experience in employment, industrial relations and work health and safety law in both private practice and in-house roles. Prior to joining Practical Law Australia, Linda held senior management positions with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where she advised on a variety of matters, including termination of employment, transfer of business, and disciplinary and grievance investigations.

Tim Perry

Tim Perry has more than 12 years' experience practising at leading law firms in Australia, including Gilbert + Tobin and DLA Piper. Tim's expertise includes advising on public and private mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures, restructures, capital raisings, privatisations and other government transactions, corporate governance, directors' duties and commercial contracts.

Robert Macredie

Robert Macredie has more than 12 years practising experience at leading international law firms in Australia and the United Kingdom, including Baker & McKenzie and Herbert Smith Freehills. Robert's expertise includes advising on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, investment funds, restructures, capital raising, corporate governance, directors' duties and commercial contracts.

Kristen Barratt

Kristen Barratt has more than 25 years' experience in employment and industrial relations law in both private practice and in-house roles. Kristen has held senior workplace relations roles for both an employer organisation, and an international building and construction firm. For the last six years, Kristen has been advising national and international businesses in her capacity as Special Counsel at Gadens Lawyers.

Shan-Ree Tan

Shan-Ree Tan joined Practical Law Australia after more than eight years in practice at leading Australian law firm Gilbert + Tobin. His expertise includes leveraged private equity investments and trade sales, as well as restructures, capital raisings, fund structuring, foreign investment, state transactions, employee incentive schemes, corporate governance, commercial contracts and charities.

Hanna Soderlindh

Hanna Soderlindh has more than 10 years' experience in corporate law, having practised at leading Australian law firms, including Ashurst and Jones Day. She specialises in mergers and acquisitions and a broad range of corporate advisory matters. Hanna also holds a Swedish Master of Laws Degree from Stockholm University.

Katrina Seck

Katrina Seck has practised law for 10 years in both large and boutique firms prior to joining Practical Law Australia. Katrina's specialty is in the area of employment law and she has advised her clients on all stages of the employment relationship. In particular, Katrina has experience in issues regarding the engagement of employees, performance management, work health and safety, workplace investigations, disputes and termination of employment.

Lauren Singh

Lauren Singh joined Practical Law from specialist corporate firm Watson Mangioni where she advised on IPOs, mergers and acquisitions. Lauren's experience includes advising clients on capital raising, corporate governance (particularly for ASX listed companies), restructures and general corporate advisory matters.

Kate Merrifield

Kate Merrifield joined Practical Law Australia after 10 years in practice as a corporate lawyer at leading Australian law firm Gilbert+Tobin. Kate's practice included advising clients on a range of corporate transactions and commercial matters including restructures, acquisitions and disposals of private companies, commercial contracts, corporate governance and compliance with the Corporations Act and Listing Rules.

Michael Milnes

Michael Milnes has extensive legal and commercial experience, practising both as in-house counsel and at leading law firms in Australia, the UK and France. Michael has experience of advising at a strategic and operational level, across a wide range of commercial legal practice, including major contracts, competition and consumer law issues, marketing law, technology, IP and brand protection. Michael is also currently completing a Masters of Business Administration.

Ian Wylie

Ian Wylie practised as a partner in Norton Rose Fulbright followed by Ashurst for 16 years, then as a barrister at the New South Wales Bar for 11 years. He has experience in a range of industry sectors advising on dispute resolution management and strategy, and appearing in regulatory investigations and competition and consumer protection, intellectual property and other commercial litigation.

Sarita Walpola

Sarita Walpola joined Practical Law Australia from Minter Ellison. She has over eight years' experience advising on a wide variety of corporate and commercial matters, including public and private M&As, compliance with the Corporations Act and ASX Listing Rules, joint venture arrangements, restructures and corporate governance matters. Sarita has had the opportunity to apply her expertise in a variety of fields, including the financial services, energy and resources, media, technology and not-for-profit sectors.

Laura Hawes

Laura Hawes has more than 10 years' experience in litigation and dispute resolution, having developed particular expertise in insolvency and restructuring. Prior to joining Practical Law Australia, Laura practised for over eight years at Clayton Utz. Laura has acted in a broad range of matters including complex commercial and corporations law proceedings, insolvency administrations, property and body corporate disputes, breach of contract claims, shareholder actions and employment disputes.

Nadia Janisz

Nadia Janisz has over 15 years' experience in dispute resolution, gained in both private practice and in-house roles. Nadia practised at a large law firm for 10 years acting for large corporate clients nationally and internationally, before moving in-house to work as legal counsel at a global consumer goods company. She has strong experience in all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution with a particular specialisation in Competition and Consumer Act issues.

Sharmila Shearing

Sharmila Shearing has more than 20 years' experience in intellectual property law gained from diverse roles in private practice, in-house, academia and public sector organisations. Prior to joining Practical Law Australia, Sharmila was operations manager at UNSW Innovations, the tech transfer and innovation office of UNSW, where her responsibilities included IP, contract and practice management. Her experience spans practice in IP commercial and litigation matters at Banki Haddock Fiora, Spruson and Ferguson, advisory at the Arts Law Centre of Australia and lecturing in IP law at the University of Sydney and UTS.

Alina Kaye

Alina Kaye has a broad range of experience in employment law having practised at Australian and international law firms, including most recently Johnson, Winter & Slattery. Alina has advised employers in a wide range of industries on workplace relations and related matters, including in respect of transfer of business, remuneration and benefits, restructuring and outsourcing, anti-discrimination and sexual harassment, grievances and disputes, independent contractors, performance management, termination of employment and post-employment restraints of trade.

Sheridan Pinheiro

Sheridan Pinheiro joined Practical Law Australia after more than 10 years' experience working on corporate and commercial legal documents in the knowledge management team of leading international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. Prior to that, Sheridan practised in-house for a media group on a range of corporate and commercial matters.

Edwina Oliver

Edwina has nearly 10 years' experience in the legal industry in the public and private sectors. Edwina has an understanding of the practicalities of working in the Australian legal industry from varied perspectives including six years of post-qualification experience as a private practice solicitor in the corporate, banking and financial compliance sectors at Dentons (formerly Gadens). Edwina has had exposure to a cross-section of major Australian finance, resource and commercial sector entities as well as SMEs and not-for-profits. This varied experience has provided Edwina with a comprehensive understanding of business law and the practicalities of operating in the financial and corporate sectors.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board advises on the direction of the service and ensures that it stays at the leading edge of practice. The combined experience of Practical Law Australia's own expert legal writers and the board enables us to ensure that our resources are of the highest quality, are of practical use to those working in the field and reflect state-of-the-art methods of knowledge management.

Peter Butler

Peter Butler OAM RFD, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Peter has practised as a litigator in Sydney, Melbourne, London and New York, and regularly advises Australia's largest companies on corporations law matters, contractual disputes, class actions and regulatory issues.

The former Head of Litigation for Freehills, Peter has held several senior management roles within the firm including Managing Partner. He also spent two years on secondment to Reuters in London as Special Counsel for the Board and Head of Compliance.

The Hon Reginald Barrett

The Hon Justice Reginald Barrett, Acting Judge of Appeal, Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of
New South Wales

Reg Barrett served as a Judge (2001-2015) and Judge of Appeal (2012-2015) of the Supreme Court of New South Wales after practising corporate and securities law for more than 30 years as a partner of both Allen Allen & Hemsley and Mallesons Stephen Jaques, and general counsel at Westpac Banking Corporation. He is the general editor of Robson's Annotated Corporations Law, a member of the editorial board of the Company and Securities Law Journal and part-time mentor to Practical Law Australia.

Carolyn Austin

Carolyn Austin, Special Counsel and Precedents Manager, K&L Gates

Carolyn is Associate Director for Knowledge and Practice Support, Australia with K&L Gates. She leads a team of practice support lawyers and practice support specialists across Australia.

Carolyn has prior experience with two other global firms: as a commercial litigation lawyer and a Know-How Projects Manager in the Know-How Innovations team. She is also a sessional lecturer in the postgraduate and executive certificate program in knowledge management at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Rachel Launders

Rachel Launders, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings Ltd

Rachel Launders became General Counsel and Company Secretary at Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings Ltd in January 2015, after 14 years as a partner at Gilbert + Tobin. At Gilbert + Tobin, Rachel's practice included a range of corporate transactions and related commercial work, across a wide range of industries. Rachel is also a director of Giant Steps, a not for profit school for children and young adults with autism and the ASX listed accommodation provider, Gateway Lifestyle Group. Rachel enjoys musical theatre and cabaret.

James Lonie

James Lonie, Partner, HWL Ebsworth, Sydney

James is an experienced corporate and transactional lawyer, working in the public/private and regulated/unregulated environments.

He regularly advises on transactions and regulatory issues including: mergers and acquisitions; funds management; equity capital markets; securities regulation and financial services regulation; joint ventures; and advisory work on corporate governance matters and securities regulatory issues.

During his career, James has worked on a myriad of financial products and offerings, and was seconded to ASIC where he assisted its General Counsel.