Australasian Law Awards


The Australasian Law Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of Australia and New Zealand's leading legal professionals, firms and in-house teams for their contribution to the industry over the past year. They are also a way to recognise the big deals that have occupied the profession.

The awards define excellence in the legal profession, the awards night typically attracts over 650 guests and is held at the Star Sydney.

Have a look at the highlights of the 2019 night here.


Unfortunately, due to recent developments in Australia, we won’t be able to run a face-to-face gala dinner this year. While we’re disappointed that we’re not going to be seeing you at our face-to-face event, we’ve come up with a unique format to recognise and celebrate excellence across the Australasian legal profession.

Due to the high calibre of nominations this year, we will be recognising several excellence awards in addition to the winners of each category.

The winners and excellence awards will be announced on Australasian Lawyer next week. For more information on the format and dates click here.


HSF has 172 partners and over 590 lawyers in Australia, offering expertise across a broad range of practices.   For five consecutive years, HSF has had the most Australian practice groups ranked Band 1 by Chambers.   In 2016 the firm was named:

  • Most Innovative International Law Firm (FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards)
  • International Firm of the Year (Australasian Law Awards)
  • LexisNexis and Janders Dean Legal Innovation Index Winner (for collaborative client service initiative)

HSF’s strong commitment to client service has been bolstered with a new client-focused initiative championed by our Regional Managing Partner, Australia and Asia.   We worked on more Australian M&A deals in 2016 than any other firm, ranking 1st by deal count of announced and completed deals  (Thomson Reuters).   We acted on the largest, most complex and urgent matters in 2016. Including advising:

  • A consortium on the $16b Ausgrid sale (largest Australian M&A of 2016)
  • Johnson & Johnson and DePuy International Ltd in several class actions which formed a subset of global litigation worth billions (Australia’s largest ever product liability case);
  • Reliance Worldwide’s $1.3b IPO (largest Australian IPO of 2016);
  • Newcrest Mining in a shareholder class action in which the parties agreed a $36m settlement without any admission of liability by Newcrest; and
  • A consortium on the acquisition of a 50-year lease of the Port of Melbourne (largest transport privatisation in Australia's history).
  • The Port of Melbourne transaction demonstrated our ability to offer large cross-practice teams. The deal involved corporate, finance, regulatory, disputes, employment, environment and real estate teams.
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