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“Find the solution and super-please is my motto. The word "no" is not part of my vocabulary.”
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I do not believe that all client needs are all the same, nor are they necessarily similar.
My work involves advising both public and private companies on a broad range of business matters and acting as external general counsel for a number of companies.
I work closely with both private and publicly listed companies on a range of corporate and commercial transactions, providing astute and commercial legal advice.
My clients rely on me – and I work hard to understand their business.
I believe that a legal adviser can be most effective if they have a good understanding of their clients' businesses.
With a background in-house and as an investment banker, I understand where clients are coming from. Legal advice not only needs to be technically correct, it needs to be useful.
My working philosophy is “entirely solutions-oriented” but I also take a “whole of business approach” not just a legal approach.
Karen Anne Hayne
I am fully invested in the commercial success of my clients – I take the success or failure of my clients personally.
My work involves advising on some of the most significant and high profile development projects in Australia. My expertise spans property and infrastructure development; mining and resources; planning, environmental and administrative law matters.
I provide practical advice and solutions that make life easy for modern businesses. For example, I lead our firm’s cyber security alliance with technical and crisis management experts to deliver a holistic cyber security solution. My specialties are corporate, M&A and commercial law.
One of my key strengths is my tenacity. I strive for the best outcome possible for my clients, whether it is advice work or litigation. I want them to achieve their objectives as much as they do. My clients trust me as part of their team.
I believe that the reason clients ask me to work on their projects is that they want a teammate, someone who complements their experience and understanding of their business with legal skills and expertise that helps their business become more successful.
I don’t manage the message that my clients are seeking to publish. Rather, I work closely with my clients, including executives, creative staff and reporters to find a way to allow them to publish in a way which lessens any risk.
With dual qualifications in science and law, my role is not to focus on pure legal issues but to apply critical and robust thinking to the intersection between fact, expert opinion and law.
The best solutions to legal questions do not come from simply applying legal principles to a situation that is not understood with great clarity.
The focus of my work is enabling the business of my clients. While I advise clients in a number of areas of law and from different industry groups, the overriding objective that guides my work is to ensure that my clients can do business within an environment of minimum risk while fully exploiting their intellectual property and inherent competitive advantages.
The objective that drives my litigation practice is to keep my clients out of Court wherever possible and to seek an alternative to litigation.
The work that I undertake with clients is across the spectrum of M&A, corporate and commercial transactions. I bring the additional perspective gained through investing a significant part of my career working on the client side of transactions holding executive roles from corporate development and strategy to line management with P&L responsibility.
My stance on negotiating major transactions is to always be aware of our client’s objectives, while also recognising that such transactions are not a competition.
My work with clients involves the whole IP life cycle from the initial innovation stage, IP protection and commercialisation and enforcement of their rights. My areas of expertise also encompass privacy, technology and Australian Consumer Law issues.
I advise private and public sector organisations on all aspects of planning and environmental law, administrative law, compulsory acquisitions and local governance.
My aim as a lawyer is to assist clients achieve the outcomes they want and to deliver advice that plays a practical role in assisting them with their everyday business challenges and opportunities.
I am an experienced Trade Marks Attorney and Lawyer with a particular focus on all aspects of matters before the Australian Trade Marks Office.
As a litigator in the media and intellectual property practice, I advise clients on all issues relating to publication of content from pre-publication clearances covering defamation, contempt, copyright, privacy and reporting restrictions across all media platforms including press, television, radio, internet and social media.
Commercial litigation has been the focus of my work since 1997 and this has equipped me with broad experience advising and appearing for clients in commercial disputes and litigation.
My practice tends to focus upon initial public offerings, capital raisings and mergers and acquisitions.
Dr Angelika Yates
Being dually qualified in German and Australian law puts me in a unique position to advise European companies on their investments and business activities in Australia.
My experience lies in providing commercial advice to developers, statutory authorities and government in the fields of planning and environmental law. That advice relates to transactions and, where necessary, litigation.
The combination of working as an in-house counsel and as a lawyer in private practice has equipped me with a comprehensive understanding of the needs and objectives of my clients.
Since joining Addisons in 2012, I have acted for Australian and international clients on a diverse range of corporate and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, financial services regulation, and public and private fundraising.
I am committed to obtaining results for my clients and always aim to provide advice that is timely and focussed on my clients’ goals.
In my practice, my clients look to me for strategic corporate advice in relation to mergers and acquisitions transactions, public and private capital raisings, corporate restructures and making investments into Australia, as well as day to day commercial advice.
I litigate and provide advice to a range of corporate and individual clients, both domestic and international, as part of Addisons’ media and intellectual property practice.
My practice principally involves public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic corporate advice.
My experience is in providing advice to private and government clients in relation to all areas of environment, planning and administrative law, particularly in relation to high profile urban renewal projects.
I advise clients from a range of industries, including consumer goods, direct selling, household products and gaming and wagering organisations, on all manner of regulatory and compliance matters.
With a background in both private practice and in-house legal teams, I keenly understand the need to give clients advice that is both technically accurate yet practical.
Geri du Plessis
I focus on providing clients with practical legal advice that takes into account commercial, financial and legal considerations: finding solutions and getting the deal done.
What drives me is getting results for my clients.
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