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Cooper Grace Ward

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Managing Partner: Charles Sweeney

Number of partners: 22

Number of lawyers: 53

Languages: English

Firm Overview:

Cooper Grace Ward was established in 1980 and is one of the largest independent Australian law firms based in Brisbane (Queensland). With a team of more than 200, the firm offers a full range of commercial legal services to clients, particularly in the areas of corporate and commercial, property, litigation, insurance, tax, workplace relations and family law. Cooper Grace Ward’s key practice areas are among the leading Brisbane-based teams in their respective areas.

Main Areas of Practice:


Banking & Financial Services

Building & Construction


Capital Markets

Commissions of Inquiry

Competition & Consumer Law

Compliance & Corporate Governance

Compulsory Third Party (CTP)

Construction & Infrastructure

Customs Law

Defamation & Reputation Management

Education & Training

Energy & Resources

Estate Administration & Disputes

Estate Planning

Family Business

Family Law


Government Services

Insolvency & Restructuring


Intellectual Property & Technology

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Mergers & Acquisitions

Middle Market Enterprises (MME)

Native Title & Cultural Heritage


Personal Property Securities

Professional Liability

Property Law & Real Estate



Support Services for Professional Advisers

Tax & Revenue

Tax Disputes


Workers’ Compensation

Workplace Relations & Safety

Banking & Financial Services:

The banking and financial services team has a breadth of experience across the full spectrum of banking law advice and financing transactions, specialising in commercial lending and complex project financing matters. Lawyers provide legal advice that is technically sound and aligned with their clients’ overarching business objectives.

Contact: Greg Thorne

Tel: +61 7 3231 2493

Email: [email protected]

Corporate & Commercial:

The corporate and commercial team provides a full range of advice and support on all aspects of corporate and commercial law. The team brings a wealth of experience advising both public and private clients on general corporate and commercial matters across a broad range of industries.

Contact: Charles Sweeney

Tel: +61 7 3231 2940

Email: [email protected]

Energy & Resources:

Cooper Grace Ward understands the specific issues and challenges faced by the energy and resources industry, having acted for many key stakeholders in the oil and gas, mining and utilities sectors. The team has a unique combination of experience working in-house with energy and resources companies and with government.

Contact: Andrew Corkhill, Leanne O’Neill

Tel: +61 7 3231 2405, +61 7 3231 2571

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Family Law:

The family law team provides expert practical advice on all family law issues, including the associated tax, superannuation, corporate, property and estate planning aspects. The team prides itself on building meaningful relationships and understanding client needs both on a personal and professional level.

Contact: Justine Woods

Tel: +07 3231 2497

Email: [email protected]


The insurance practice has been an integral legal provider to the Australian insurance industry for over 30 years. Through experience acting for major insurance companies, government bodies and statutory authorities, the team has developed the diverse skills to cover all aspects of insurance advice and claims management.

Contact: Tony Park

Tel: +61 7 3231 2460

Email: [email protected]

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:

Commercial litigation lawyers have many years of experience in litigation and dispute resolution, securing countless successful outcomes for clients. Known for their strategic, commercial and practical approach, lawyers build relationships with clients to run cases in a way that suits their situation and resources.

Contact: Rocco Russo

Tel: +61 7 3231 2468

Email: [email protected]

Private Clients:

The private clients team offers a ‘one stop shop’ for clients seeking legal support, including family owned businesses, middle market enterprises and high net worth individuals. The team is well regarded for its ability to work seamlessly with accountants, financial planners and other professional advisers to achieve the best outcomes for clients.

Contact: Scott Hay-Bartlem

Tel: +61 7 3231 2458

Email: [email protected]

Property, Planning & Environment:

The property, planning and environment team has provided legal services to the property industry for more than 30 years. The team brings experience in all types of property transactions, development, leasing, project structuring arrangements, and planning and environment advice and appeals.

Contact: Marcus Ford

Tel: +61 7 3231 2972

Email: [email protected]

Revenue & Tax:

The expert revenue and tax team work closely with accountants and financial advisers to provide practical outcomes for clients. Lawyers’ in-depth of knowledge and understanding is backed by a wealth of practical experience in the accounting and financial sectors.

Contact: Scott Hay-Bartlem

Tel: +61 7 3231 2458

Email: [email protected]

Workplace Relations & Safety:

Specialist workplace relations and safety lawyers have provided strategic advice on employment, industrial relations, anti-discrimination and workplace health and safety matters for 40 years combined. With experience across a broad range of industries, lawyers help organisations of all types and sizes achieve their desired commercial outcomes.

Contact: Belinda Winter

Tel: +61 7 3231 2498

Email: [email protected]

Cooper Grace Ward rankings

Global Guide 2022
Filter by
Dispute Resolution
1 Department
1 Ranked Lawyer
Dispute Resolution
Dispute Resolution
Band 5
Rocco Russo
Rocco Russo
Band 4