HWL Ebsworth recognised in Best Lawyers Australia 2025 guide

18 April 2024

Leading Australian law firm HWL Ebsworth continues to have a strong presence in The Best Lawyers in Australia™ guide to Australia’s best lawyers.

In the 2025 edition, HWL Ebsworth had 142 lawyers recognised as ‘Best Lawyers’ in Australia, across 58 areas of law. There were 7 lawyers named as “Lawyer of the Year”. “Lawyer of the Year” awards are bestowed to only lawyers with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Our Lawyers of the Year, representing specialty areas of Defamation and Media Law, Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property Law, Occupational Health and Safety Law, Native Title Law, Venture Capital Law and Government Practice, were:

  • Peter Campbell – Partner, Adelaide;
  • Matthew Craven – Partner, Melbourne;
  • Luke Dale – Partner, Adelaide;
  • Erica Hartley – Partner, Perth;
  • Philip Hunter – Partner, Brisbane;
  • Nick Karagiannis – Partner, Adelaide; and
  • Jamie Restas – Partner, Adelaide.

HWL Ebsworth also received recognition in the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Australia™ with 6 lawyers listed. These awards are presented to lawyers who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice. Our awarded practitioners were:

  • Guy Moloney – Partner, Sydney;
  • Josephine Pignataro – Special Counsel, Sydney;
  • Caitlin Surman – Special Counsel, Adelaide;
  • Alexandra Douvartzidis – Senior Associate, Adelaide;
  • Ingrid Kristiansen – Senior Associate, Sydney; and
  • Emily Lucas – Senior Associate, Norwest.

HWL Ebsworth was a “Top Listed” firm for several practice areas in this year’s edition. “Top listed” firms are those with the most listed lawyers in a practice area. HWL Ebsworth received this accolade for Commercial Law, Health and Aged Care Law, Medical Negligence, Shipping and Maritime Law, and Trade Law.

The firm’s excellent results in this year’s Best Lawyers in Australia™ is evidence of the strong position HWL Ebsworth holds in the marketplace, and the outstanding level of service delivered to our clients.

Congratulations to everyone recognised by this publication.

Note to Editors:

HWL Ebsworth is the largest legal partnership in Australia according to the most recent partnership surveys published by the Australian Financial Review.

The firm comprises 1709, staff including 284 Partners, 1048 other legal staff and 377 support staff across offices in nine locations – Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Hobart, Norwest (North West Sydney), Perth and Sydney.

HWL Ebsworth is an independent, nationally integrated, full service commercial law firm, providing tailored and commercially oriented legal services.

HWL Ebsworth operates a different business model to the other leading national law practices, and this allows us to offer unrivalled value for money without compromising quality and service. Our low ratio of solicitors to partners ensures that our clients receive optimal access to partner resources for all matters.

For further information, please contact:

Russell Mailler, Chief Strategy Officer (03) 8644 3569 or rmailler@hwle.com.au

Angelique Kear, Head of Marketing (02) 9334 8541 or akear@hwle.com.au

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