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