Commissioner of Taxation’s powers broadened

what this means for taxpayers and litigation obligations

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Trust assets in the liquidation of trustee companies

A closer look at the Full Federal Court’s decision in 'Killarnee'

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the Draft Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2018

scheme overview, and what you need to know

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Deals & Disputes

Seven West Media and Amber Harrison

Successfully acted for Seven West Media in its highly publicised injunction proceedings against its former employee Amber Harrison, relating to the enforcement of wide-ranging non-disclosure and non-disparagement obligations.

Bain Capital

Advised Bain Capital on its acquisition of a majority interest in Only About Children, a leading early childhood education and development business.

State of Victoria

Successfully represented the State of Victoria in two significant disputes with Tabcorp Holdings and Tatts Group over compensation following the expiration of their gaming licenses.

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Foreign investor advice

JWS provides expert legal counsel to foreign clients on their investments and business activities in Australia.

We specialise in all aspects of foreign investment regulation and applications.

Foreign Investment

Awards for JWS Competition Team

We are delighted to inform you that our competition team has recently won a number of global awards:

Client Choice Awards

Sar Katdare was recently awarded the Competition & Antitrust Client Choice Award for 2017. Client Choice recognises those law firm partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client service they provide. These awards survey senior corporate counsel only, with this year's winners chosen from a pool of more than 2,000 individual client assessments


The Global Competition Review has again named JWS as one of the top 100 top competition law practices in the world in the 17th edition of the GCR 100. The GCR 100 is a comprehensive, independent assessment of more than 300 of the world’s top competition and economics practices.

Chambers Asia Pacific 2017

The JWS Competition team has again been recognised as one of the leading competition teams in Australia by Chambers Asia Pacific. John Kench was designated as the only Eminent Practitioner while Aldo Nicotra is one of only five lawyers ranked in Band 1. Michele Laidlaw and Sar Katdare are also recognised as leading lawyers.

Asia Pacific Legal 500 2017

In the Asia Pacific Legal 500 directory, JWS is ranked in Band 2 in the Competition and Trade practices area. John Kench is listed as a 'Leading Lawyers' and Aldo Nicotra and Sar Katdare are recommended.