K&L Gates Continues to Strengthen Brisbane Office with Hire of Partner Trio

Global law firm K&L Gates has added three new partners in its Brisbane office, welcoming corporate and transactional partner Philip Vickery, real estate partner Brian Healey, and labor, employment and workplace safety partner Paul Hardman. All three lawyers join K&L Gates from Holding Redlich.

Philip Vickery focuses his practice on M&A and capital raisings, and has substantial experience in the agribusiness and resources sectors. He has coordinated legal teams on a number of complex and high-profile transactions and advises listed and private multinationals, along with some of Australia’s largest companies, including a number of leading financial institutions.

With two decades of experience dedicated almost exclusively to agribusiness, Brian Healey has acted in some of Australia’s largest and most complex rural transactions in markets including beef, cotton, almonds, and grain. He acts for local and international agribusinesses, primary producers, and investors across their range of legal needs but primarily in rural land and water and commercial matters. In addition, Healey advises and guides inbound investors from many parts of the world — including China, Singapore, and the United States — on their investments in Australian agriculture.

Paul Hardman advises on a wide range of safety and employment issues as well as on commercial disputes and administrative law matters. He has a primary focus in the defense of regulatory prosecutions including under the Work Health and Safety, Environmental Protection, and Corporations acts. His vast experience includes the conduct of workplace investigations, dealing with investigations by regulators, and acting for clients in Royal Commissions and Commissions of Inquiry.

“As the Brisbane market strengthens and expands, so too do the offerings through our Brisbane office, as we continue to make targeted hires that will position the firm well to service growth industries such as agribusiness and employment and workplace safety,” said K&L Gates’ Managing Partner, Australia, Nick Nichola. “We are excited to welcome Philip, Brian, and Paul to the partnership.”

These appointments follow the recent additions of several other new partners in the firm’s Australian offices, including Brisbane corporate and transactional partner Jeremy Prentice, Sydney intellectual property partner Naomi Pearce, and Sydney real estate partner Diane Skapinker.


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