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What the team is known for Standout group, prominently active at both Commonwealth and state level, particularly where major social, transport or technology infrastructure projects are concerned. Regularly engaged on the most complex or potentially contentious issues, especially in such sensitive sectors as employment, health, immigration and taxation. Also renowned for its handling of transactions involving the transfer of large-scale government assets.

Strengths A client praises the team's dedication and client service, saying: "The team have consistently gone above and beyond in terms of client care, responsiveness and attention to detail and have shown an ability to be agile and flex up and down with resourcing service levels to meet the demands of the project under very short time frames."

Another client adds: "They bring deep technical experience partnered with a pragmatic commercial focus in getting transactions to execution and providing positive client outcomes."

Work highlights Acted for the Department of Health & Human Services Victoria in relation to negotiations with the seven largest private hospital operators in Victoria regarding the Federal Government's announcement of the suspension of all elective surgery in private hospitals in Australia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Rentoul
is praised by clients for his experience and expertise, a client commenting: "He has an outstanding depth of transactional and structuring experience across government transactions Australia-wide, and is focused on understanding client strategies and potential risks and opportunities for his clients." Based in Brisbane, he advises Queensland government departments, as well as the governments of Victoria and New South Wales.

Michael Brennan
is a highly experienced practitioner who has advised a number of government departments and agencies in relation to procurement and contract work, notably recently providing advice relating to the the COVID-19 pandemic. A client describes him as "extremely strong on commercial contract work and negotiations."

Peter Block
is noted for his expertise on infrastructure projects, with experience acting for government clients at both the state and Commonwealth level. A client comments: "His extensive commercial knowledge and experience enables us to achieve the best for project outcomes."

Stewart Nankervis
is broadly regarded as a leading lawyer with regards to construction and infrastructure matters, a client describing him as "a PPP specialist who is very client-focused and has strong commercial skills." He acts for state governments across Australia.

Virginia Briggs
is regarded as a leading real estate lawyer with a notable practice assisting New South Wales government bodies on the property aspects of infrastructure and urban renewal projects. "She is a passionate leader and has a wide range of experience dealing with the private and public sector for over 25 years," comments one client, adding: "She goes above and beyond with attention to detail and regularly checks in to ensure the service level is meeting the client's expectations."