Professor Bob Baxt AO, Emeritus Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills
Professor Baxt is chairman of the Law Committee of the AICD, and a member of the Executive of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. He is also a professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne.
In 2003, Professor Baxt was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list and awarded an Order of Australia for services to the law. He has also been awarded the Centenary Medal.
Before joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Professor Baxt was the chairman of the Australian Trade Practices Commission the predecessor to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commssion. Prior to that, he was dean of the Monash University law faculty in Victoria, Australia for 8 years.
Jacqueline Campbell, Partner at Forte Family Lawyers
Jacqueline Campbell is a Partner at Forte Family Lawyers in Melbourne. She has been Accredited as a Specialist in Family Law with the Law Institute of Victoria since 1991.
Jacky is a trained collaborative lawyer. She completed a Master of Laws at Monash University. Her thesis was on the relationship of bankruptcy and family law. She received the Law Institute of Victoria Rogers Legal Writing Award 2004 – for the article “Splitting the Super … and Selling the Home.”
Jacky is the consultant editor of CCH Australian Family Law and Practice and contributing author to CCH Australian Family Law and Practice to the Property, Spousal Maintenance, Financial Agreements, Maintenance Agreements, Procedure and Precedents tabs. She is co-author of the property chapter in the CCH Australian Master Family Law Guide. She is the author of the family law chapter in Thomson Australian Financial Planning Handbook.
Jacky helps keep lawyers up to date by presenting Casewatch on the Television Education Network’s audio program and is a regular presenter for the Television Education Network. She speaks at seminars for lawyers including at the Law Institute of Victoria. She co-presents with a financial planner for the Leo Cussen Institute at regular workshops on family law and superannuation.
Jacky is a Member of the Maintenance and Property Committee of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria, a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, a Fellow of the International Academy of the Matrimonial Lawyers and an Associate of the American Bar Association.
Cormack Dunne, Special Counsel at Herbert Smith Freehills
Cormack E Dunn is Special Counsel in the Herbert, Smith,Freehills National Safety Team, where he acts exclusively in the area of WHS Law. Cormack is a leading commentator on WHS issues and writes texts that are widely used as resources in tertiary safety courses and the legal industry, such as the following CCH publications:
- editor and foundational author of Australian Work Health and Safety Law Reporter
- editor of Planning Work Health and Safety — An Introduction to Best Practice, 9th edition
- co-editor and contributing author of the forthcoming Australian Master Work Health and Safety Guide.
Mr Michael Murray has been the Legal Director of ARITA, the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association, based in Sydney, a position he has held from 2007 to 2016. In that role he was responsible for providing legal input into the submissions and thinking of ARITA, monitoring legal and practice developments in insolvency, advising the ARITA board, and ARITA members on current insolvency issues. These have included insolvent trading, directors obligations, shareholder claims, tax and bankruptcy. He has played an important role in current law reforms leading to the Insolvency Law Reform Bill 2014.
He was previously a lawyer with the Australian Government Solicitor working in insolvency and regulatory law and was a solicitor assisting on the HIH Royal Commission. He was a member of the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee (CAMAC) from 2011 to 2014.
He is a visiting fellow at the QUT Faculty of Law and writes and presents extensively in corporate and personal insolvency, extending to restructuring, banking regulation, maritime, and professional regulation and ethics. He is a member of INSOL Academics, of the Insolvency Academics Network (IAN), and the Banking and Financial Services Law Association, and an honorary member of ARITA.
Michael has a Bachelor of Laws and a Diploma in Criminology (McClemens Prize) from the University of Sydney, and post-graduate studies in insolvency from USQ. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.
Michael Tooma, Partner, Norton Rose
Michael Tooma is a Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright and Head of Occupational, Health, Safety and Security – Asia Pacific and Head of Government – Australian Practice. He is one of Australia’s pre-eminent occupational health and safety lawyers. He leads the Asia Pacific health, safety and security practice of Norton Rose Fulbright.
Michael has reviewed or written the safety management systems of companies across industries, including companies in the transport, energy and resources, infrastructure, technology and financial institutions industries. He prides himself on developing succinct, well structured and accessible documents which are written in plain English, making use of diagrams, checklists and flow charts to relay complex concepts in simpler format.
In addition to practise, Michael has written and lectured extensively on OHS law. Michael Tooma is the author of a number of CCH books including:
- Due Diligence: Duty of Officers
- Due Diligence: Incident notification, management and investigation
- Due Diligence: Horizontal and Vertical Consultation
- Understanding the Model Work Health and Safety Act
He is also the author of the CCH Managing Work Health and Safety
Michael Terceiro is the Principal of Terceiro Legal Consulting Pty Ltd in Sydney, which is a small law firm which specialises in competition and consumer law. Michael has worked in the competition and consumer law area for over 20 years. Michael’s current work involves providing advice to small, medium and large business about the competition and consumer law issues.
Michael’s work experience includes an eventful 15 years at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), where he ran over 600 investigations (including 100 plus merger clearances) and more than 30 court cases. Michael was employed in a variety of roles at the ACCC including as a Director of Enforcement, the Director in charge of the Sydney Mergers and Asset Sales Branch and as the National GST Enforcement Coordinator.
Michael completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Theory from Macquarie University, a Bachelor of Laws with Second Class Honours from Macquarie University, a Master of Laws majoring in Competition and Consumer Law from the University of Sydney, the Professional Certificate in Arbitration from the University of Adelaide and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Laws majoring in Dispute Resolution at the University of New South Wales.
Michael is a member of the NSW Law Society, the Institute Arbitrators and Mediators (IAMA) and is a Nationally Accredited Mediator. Michael is also a member two Law Council of Australia Committees – namely the SME Business Law Committee and the Competition and Consumer Committee.
Chris Crowley was admitted as a solicitor in 1971. For over 40 years he was engaged almost entirely as a family law specialist, concentrating almost exclusively in complex property settlements.
Chris was President of The Law Society of the ACT, Chairman of the Law
Society’s Professional Conduct Board, and the Canberra representative on The Law Council’s Family Law Committee/ The Family Law Section. He was an accredited mediator and arbitrator and a member of the board of The Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators. Chris was also a member of the board of The Australian
Chris has presented many papers, participated in numerous discussion panels, been involved in the preparation of submissions to government and appeared before Parliamentary inquiries. He was invited to assist in the development of the practice
development and promotion component of the College of Law’s Master’s
Degree and was also a mentor.
Chris has now retired from full time practice and is a consultant on CCH Australian Family Law and Practice.
Dan Ward Associate Corporate and International Rockwell Olivier
Daniel is admitted to practice law in both Australia and PNG. He has lived and worked in PNG for many years, speaks Melanesian Tok Pisin fluently, and on top of his legal expertise can provide a local perspective on conducting business operations in PNG.
Daniel’s experience includes advice in relation to certifications for foreign-owned petroleum exploration, preparation of necessary documentation for overseas mining and petroleum companies, PNG mining laws, PNG land matters, large scale property development, leasing and sale transactions in PNG, and conducting due diligence on the acquisition of land holding companies. Additionally, he has extensive experience dealing with local authorities such as the PNG Investment Promotion Authority.
Rockwell Olivier is the new face of three firms with over 137 years of combined experience: Argyle Lawyers (Sydney), Talbot Olivier (Perth), and Rockwell Bates (Melbourne).
As one of Australia’s few publicly listed groups of law firms, we’re not afraid to challenge ourselves to achieve better results for you.
Rockwell Olivier is an Australian-based firm owned by an ASX-listed parent company. Our corporate structure is just the first in a list of many ways we differ from your typical law firm. We do business the way you do business: with accountability to staff, clients, and shareholders alike.
Rockwell Olivier’s mission is simple: to facilitate achievement. Your achievement. In a way that has real, tangible value to you.
For our clients and affiliated firms, the Rockwell Olivier growth strategy will achieve co-ordinated local, national and international service offerings and private client solutions across key industries.
Dr Martyn Taylor, Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright
Dr Martyn Taylor is a Partner in the Sydney office. He is both a corporate/commercial lawyer and a well-known competition and regulatory specialist. He is described as “smart, efficient, friendly”.
IFLR 1000 states “Taylor is recommended for his expertise in telecommunications, media, infrastructure, competition and regulatory matters”.
Martyn has some 18 years’ experience advising on commercial deals and projects, corporate transactions, regulatory matters, and complex issues of competition law and commercial strategy.
As well as holding a PhD in competition law, Martyn is a qualified economist and has advanced postgraduate qualifications in corporate finance (M&A, project finance, venture capital, private equity). He has a deep understanding of industry issues.
Dr Taylor is a consultant on our Australian Competition and Consumer Reporter.
Dr Mark Summerfield of Watermark
Dr Mark Summerfield is a patent and trade marks attorney, registered in Australia and New Zealand, and author of the widely-read Patentology blog and named in the 2013 IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists. Dr Summerfield is a Senior Associate with Watermark – a firm of patent and trade mark attorneys, intellectual property lawyers and R & D tax consultants who specialise in assisting clients not only to protect and enforce their IP rights, but also to manage their intellectual assets to be aligned with their business strategy. In addition to providing patent, trade mark and IP legal services, Watermark’s strategic approach to intellectual asset management (IAM) includes identifying and evaluating existing assets, conducting market and competitor assessment, and advising on the creation and capture of, and extraction of value from, intellectual assets.
Watermark has offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, and an extensive network of associate firms in international markets worldwide. The firm’s clients, both local and overseas, include small businesses, major multinational corporations, universities and research organisations.
Ben Allen, Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright
Ben Allen is a Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright who specialises in litigation and dispute resolution with a particular regulatory focus. He acts for both the private and public sector – increasingly with a focus on fraud and bribery/corruption issues as they become prominent for both sectors. Ben’s work for the public sector also includes acting for various State and Commonwealth agencies in relation to contracting disputes, tortious claims and administrative law disputes.
Daniel Star, Barrister at Victorian Bar
Dan Star has been practising at the Victorian Bar since 1998. He specialises in all parts of the Consumer and Competition Act 2010. Some of Dan’s cases include:
- Restrictive trade practices – ACCC v Cabcharge Australia  FCA 1261 (misuse of market power), ACCC v Japan Airlines  FCA 365 (price-fixing), ACCC v Australian Safeway Stores (2001) 129 FCR 1, (2003) 129 FCR 339 & (2006) ATPR 42-101 (misuse of market power & price-fixing);
- Australian Consumer Law – ACCC v Energy Watch and Ben Polis  FCA 425 &  FCA 749 (misleading and deceptive conduct), ACCC v Cotton On Kids & Cotton On Clothing  FCA 1428 (prescribed consumer product safety standard);
- AER – Application by United Energy Distribution  ACompT 1 (review of Final Decision, Victorian electricity distribution network service providers, Distribution determination 2011–2015).
Dan graduated with a first class honours degree in Law, and a Bachelor of Arts, from the University of Melbourne. Before coming to the Bar, he was an Associate for the former Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia (the Hon MEJ Black AC QC).
Dr Pamela Hanrahan, Associate Professor at University of Melbourne
Dr Pamela Hanrahan is one of Australia’s leading authorities on securities and financial services law. She has extensive experience in corporate law and regulation and was formerly the ASIC’s Regional Commissioner for Queensland. Dr Hanrahan has published widely in areas of financial services regulation, funds management law, and corporations and securities law, including the author of CCH’s Managed Investments Law & Practice and co-author of the CCH’s Commercial Applications of Company Law.
Anne Wardell, CCH Australia Limited
BA LLB (Mon) Admitted to Supreme Court (Vic) & (NSW) and High Court.
Anne is the Deputy Editor in Chief of the Law & Business team at CCH.
Before joining CCH, Anne was the National Director of Insolvency for the Australian Taxation Office. She was responsible for managing a team of over 100 people situated throughout Australia.
During her twenty year legal career, Anne was a member of the Victorian Bar, specializing in insolvency and commercial law. This followed a year at the Federal Court of Australia as a Deputy District Registrar. Anne was also a Senior Associate at a mid tier law firm in Melbourne CBD.
Annelies Hermann, CCH Australia Ltd
LLM (USyd), LLB (UNSW), BSW (UNSW)
Annelies is a senior writer for CCH Australia, working in the areas of employment and industrial law. She is currently the Contributing Editor of the Australian Employment Law Guide. She has contributed to a number of other publications, including as Contributing Editor of the Australian Industrial Law Reports and the Australian Labour Law Reporter.
Before joining CCH Australia in 2010, Annelies worked as an Employment Solicitor at a top-tier commercial law firm. She also completed her Master of Laws in 2010, focussing on general employment, executive employment, equal opportunity, industrial and workplace safety law, as well as alternative dispute resolution and negotiation practices in Australia. Annelies was admitted as an officer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in late 2002.
Belinda Sundaraj, CCH Australia Ltd
BA(Hons) (University of Melbourne) and LLB (Monash University)
Before joining CCH Belinda had 12 years’ experience working in Industrial Relations. She has worked for the Victorian Government “Wageline” service, an employer consultancy, Harmers Workplace Lawyers and a National not-for-profit peak body as an employment lawyer. She also taught Criminal law at Monash University.
Belinda is a Senior Writer and specialises in Employment law and Industrial Relations.
Christine Henchman, CCH Australia Ltd
LLB Admitted to the Supreme Court (NSW)
Christine (LLB Syd) served articles of clerkship at Allen, Allen & Hemsley and was admitted as a solicitor in 1968. She has been a senior writer at CCH Australia for almost thirty years, first as a writer working in the areas of trade practices law, administrative law and court practice and since 1986, analyst, writer and editor for CCH’s reporter Australian High Court & Federal Court Practice. Christine was a contributor to the Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia published in 2001.
Clare Kent, CCH Australia Ltd
LLB Admitted to the Supreme Court (NSW)
Clare has been a senior editor at CCH Australia for a number of years editing and writing our conveyancing, intellectual property and corporations law publications. Prior to joining CCH, Clare worked as a solicitor for Woolworths Ltd.
Leisa Hayward, CCH Australia Ltd
BA LLB (USyd) Admitted to the Supreme Court (NSW)
Leisa is a writer and editor for CCH Australia, working in the areas of torts, personal injury, health and medical law. She is the editor of CCH’s Australian Torts Reporter, Australian Health and Medical Law Reporter and the Australian Professional Liability: Medical Reporter. She writes extensively for CCH’s Personal Injury, Health and Medical Law tracker and contributes to monthly newsletters for Torts and Medical Law. She was initially employed by CCH to write in the Industrial relations area and also gained experience editing and writing for CCH’s Work, Health and Safety Reporter. Before joining CCH Leisa worked as a solicitor at a number of firms in the United Kingdom and Australia specialising in insurance litigation, catastrophic claims and employment law.
Carol Louw, CCH Australia Limited
BLC LLB (Pretoria) LLM, LLD (UNISA)
Carol is a senior writer for CCH Australia, working in the areas of employment law and equal opportunity. She is the contributing editor of the CCH Recruitment and Termination Guide and the CCH Australia and New Zealand Equal Opportunity Law and Practice, and has also contributed to a number of other publications.
Previously Carol worked as an employment law analyst for CCH New Zealand Ltd, where she was also a contributing editor of the CCH New Zealand Employment Law Guide and the author of the Employment Procedures Manual. Before joining CCH she was a senior lecturer at the University of South Africa and a member of the South African Industrial Court.
Lydia Lucs, CCH Australia Limited
LLB BComm. Admitted to Supreme Court (NSW) and High Court.
Before joining CCH in 2007 as Family Law Editor, Lydia Lucs was employed as a Senior Associate at a boutique family law firm in Sydney. During her time in practice, Lydia still could not keep away from writing – she was a regular contributor to Australian Family Law and Practice.
Rufina Cheung, Wolters Kluwer, CCH
BA, LLB (Hons, USYD). Admitted to Supreme Court (NSW)
Rufina is the Portfolio Lead for Commercial Law. She writes and edits in the area of competition and consumer law. Previously, she was the writer and editor for CCH’s contract law and intellectual property law reporters. She has also edited our legal compliance manual, personal property securities law reporter, managed investments law reporter and evidence law reporter. Rufina has worked in the NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (criminal law), NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office (administrative law) and NSW Attorney General’s Department (Legislation and Policy Division).
Sherika Ponniah, CCH Australia Limited
BA LLB, Grad Dip LP (Admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW, Practitioner of the High Court of Australia)
Sherika Ponniah joined CCH Australia in 2007 as Family Law Editor. Sherika started her career in family law at the Sydney registry of the Family Court of Australia as Associate to the Honourable Justice Boland, Judge of the Appeal Division. She also held the position of Assistant to the Eastern Regional Appeals Registrar while at the Family Court of Australia. After Sherika’s admission to practice, she commenced working exclusively in family law private practice in leading family law firms including Hartley Healy in Brisbane and The Argyle Partnership and Pearson Family Lawyers in Sydney.
Samantha Sachdev, CCH Australia Limited
Samantha Sachdev, contributes to CCH corporate and insolvency law areas, bringing over 8 years of commercial legal experience, gathered across government and private organisations, including:
- Gadens Lawyers
- Australian Securities and Investment Commission
Her qualifications, membership and recognition include:
- Bachelor of Law/Business (UTS)
- Solicitor, Supreme Court of NSW
- Member, Law Society of NSW
Katherine Gardner, CCH Australia Limited
LLB Hons ANU, LLM USYD
Katherine is a lawyer with a wide range of experience previously practising as a solicitor in Tier 1 firms for almost 10 years, and serving as an Associate to a former Chief Judge. Her practice consisted of property, planning, development, and environmental work across a wide range of projects, for clients in private and public sectors. She also served on the Board of the Environmental Defenders Office (NSW) for five years on a voluntary basis. As an Editor / Writer for Property Law services, she now enjoys interpreting and analysing the law succinctly for time-poor solicitors like she once was !
Ian Markwood, CCH Australia Limited
Ian has 11 years of Paralegal experience with an MBA/MS and has recently joined the CCH team. Ian has worked as a Paralegal in the USA and England and has expertise in the areas of Intellectual Property, Litigation, Personal Injury, Corporate, and Insolvency. Ian has received multiple awards for his outstanding performance, knowledge, and customer service skills.
Ian treats customer feedback with great importance so feel free to write any feedback from my articles on the Law Chat blog.
Geeta Shyam, CCH Australia Limited
Geeta is an Editor at CCH and works on a number of WHS and environmental products. Geeta has a passion for these areas and has been writing and editing in these areas for four years. Prior to starting a career in legal publishing, Geeta worked as a paralegal in a couple of law firms specialising in employment law and personal injury.
Joan Rubel, CCH Australia Limited
BA LLB from Macquarie University. Admitted Supreme Court (NSW)
Joan is one of our new editors and is currently writing for the Australian High Court and Federal Court reporter, with a previous short stint on our new evidence law product.
Joan’s background covers work on the PPSA, practice as a solicitor specialising in litigation and work in government (international relations and industrial relations).
Jonathan Nathan, CCH Australia Limited
LLM (USYD) (In Progress), Bachelor of Laws (UTS), Bachelor of Science (Information Technology) (UTS), Admitted to Supreme Court (NSW)
Jonathan is the Corporations and Insolvency Law Editor at CCH.
Before joining CCH Jonathan was a commercial litigator for more than 8 years specializing in resolving medium to large scale commercial disputes involving complex areas of corporations and insolvency law for clients in a diverse set of industries. As part of his practice Jonathan was regularly involved in cases before the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Federal Court of Australia, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the NSW Court of Appeal. Jonathan now enjoys writing and editing for CCH’s corporations and insolvency law products.