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Cooper Grace Ward
Cooper Grace Ward

Level 21
400 George Street
Brisbane
QLD 4000
Australia

Brisbane

Contact Details
T +61 7 3231 2444
F +61 7 3221 4356
W www.cgw.com.au
Jurisdiction: Australia
Cooper Grace Ward
Cooper Grace Ward
www.cgw.com.au

Brisbane

Jurisdiction: Australia
Contact Details

Level 21
400 George Street
Brisbane
QLD 4000
Australia

T +61 7 3231 2444
Profile
About Cooper Grace Ward

Founded in 1980.

Cooper Grace Ward was established in 1980 and has quickly become one of the largest independent Brisbane based law firms, with a current team of over 240 people.

We offer a full range of commercial legal services to our clients focusing particularly in the areas of corporate and commercial, property, litigation, insurance and family law. Our key practice areas are among the largest Brisbane based teams in their respective areas.

We have highly specialised people who strive for excellence in everything they do. We work across many different industries for an array of clients, including listed companies, private companies and individuals, local and foreign governments and quasi-government regulators.

We invest heavily in technology because it allows us to provide better service to our clients.

Cooper Grace Ward is known for its outstanding client service and exceptional internal culture. We see that both of those things are interrelated. We understand that practising law is not just about knowing the law, it is also about having people who are able to work with others to achieve the best outcomes for clients. This sets us apart from other law firms.
 

Offices
Main Office

Level 21
400 George Street
Brisbane
QLD 4000
Australia

Partners
  • Chris Ward
  • Managing Partner

Chris has been a litigator for nearly all of his 35 years of practice, principally focusing on the areas of insurance law, commercial litigation and more recently, family law and de facto law cases. Chris has a history of building and maintaining long-term client relationships. These relationships have been successful due to Chris' willingness to provide clients not only with legal expertise but also with strong management and communication skills. Chris took over the role of managing partner in October 2005 in the shadows of the 25th anniversary of the firm's formation (December 2005). He is committed to ensuring a high standard of client service across all areas of the firm.

  • Rocco Russo
  • Workgroup Leader
Practice areas: Litigation and dispute resolution

Rocco has substantial experience in commercial litigation and dispute resolution having worked exclusively in the area for more than 14 years. He has handled cases throughout Australia involving a diverse range of clients across many different industries and areas of law. Specific areas of expertise include corporate, construction, property, debt recovery, mining services and intellectual property disputes as well as representing clients in corporate investigations and commissions of inquiry. Rocco has experience in complex, high value, corporate critical disputes, and has led large multi-disciplinary project teams in significant and high profile cases.

  • Scott Hay-Bartlem
  • Workgroup Leader
Practice areas: Commercial

Scott's expertise includes commercial and compliance law, and providing support services to professional advisers. Scott provides a range of support services for accountants, financial planners and other professional advisers on superannuation and compliance. This includes advising on the consequences of transactions (including taxation consequences), transaction and contract structuring, the effect of changing legislative requirements and proactively developing new documents and procedures to deal with changing legislative requirements. Scott regularly provides training sessions on superannuation and revenue issues.

  • Neil Hawthorne
  • Workgroup Leader
Practice areas: Property, planning and environment

Neil is the leader of the property and planning group and has more than 20 years’ experience in property transactions and projects. He advises a wide range of property owners and tenants, and his clients include institutions, investors, developers, local governments and major tenants. Neil has significant experience in the acquisition, disposal, leasing and development of commercial, retail, industrial and residential properties and has been involved in landmark Queensland property transactions including the acquisition and disposal of properties with individual sale values in excess of $370 million.

  • Tony Park
  • Workgroup Leader
Practice areas: Insurance

Tony has over 20 years of experience in managing insurance claims, and providing insurance advice. Apart from workers' compensation, Tony's practice areas have included CTP, public liability and product liability, as well as general litigation. Tony is the preferred workers' compensation legal services provider for a number of large government and private organisations, and over the past decade, Tony has focused on this area, acting for WorkCover Queensland and self-insured workers' compensation clients including Woolworths, Commonwealth Bank, Golden Circle and Mayne Group. Tony has also acted for Woolworths in its self insured public liability claims. Tony also advises self-insurers and other employers in relation to the statutory review process and represents those clients in the Industrial Relations Commission. Tony has special interest in claims involving the health industry, labour hire claims, pure psychological injury claims, and dust disease claims.

  • Justine Woods
  • Workgroup Leader
Practice areas: Family

Justine practices exclusively in the area of family law and is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialist. With a background in advocacy, Justine advises in relation to issues of divorce and separation, property settlement for both married and de facto couples, matters relating to the care of children (including surrogacy) and all aspects of child support.

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