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+61 3 9672 3158

Fax Number

+61 3 9672 3010

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Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Main Office Address

Bourke Place
600 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Australia

Office Locations

Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth

Firm Phone Number

+61 3 9672 3000

Firm Fax Number

+61 3 9672 3010

Personal Background

Corrs CEO John W.H. Denton is a global leader in three arenas; a legal expert in the areas of government, workplace relations; and international trade; a national business leader; and an international adviser on global policy. His advice is sought by the nation’s most prominent organisations, and by governments and international bodies alike.

John is one of three Prime Ministerial representatives on the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC); Chair of ABAC’s Finance and Economics Working Group; board member of the Business Council of Australia; Chair of the BCA Global Engagement Taskforce; Chairman of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees Australia; Deputy Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts; and a panel member of the Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness for the Australian Government.

He also was appointed by the Prime Minister and Treasurer as one of two Australian delegates to the B20, the business reference group of the G20. He is a board member of the Commonwealth Business Council and the Asia Society Australasia Centre.

John is a former diplomat, has a double degree in Arts and Law, and is a Harvard Business School alumnus.  He is recognised as one of the best labour law practitioners in the Asia-Pacific by Asialaw Leading Lawyers Survey and one of Australia’s best government and trade lawyers in the 2011 Best Lawyers peer survey.  

Firm Background

Corrs Chambers Westgarth is a premium independent law firm. We work with our clients as true partners in their business. We bring insight, innovation and agility to create success for them on a global stage.

Corrs has a strong history spanning more than 150 years but we are firmly focussed on creating opportunities for our clients in the rapidly changing business landscape of today and tomorrow. Our vision as a world class law firm is to drive Australia's competitiveness and its economic engagement with Asia.

We have offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth as well as a strong partnering relationships throughout the Asia Pacific region and worldwide. Our independence and our network of the world’s best independent firms provide a competitive advantage for our clients. That gives us the flexibility to deliver the most effective and expert solution for their international needs.

Corrs is led by our Chief Executive Officer, John W.H. Denton and Chairperson, Teresa Handicott.

Our clients want a different type of law firm that is strategic, creative, flexible and able to work in their worlds. These are the qualities that characterise and differentiate our people - world class lawyers who are prepared to think big and do things differently.

With more than 600 lawyers, including 120 partners, our people are consistently recognised for world class services and results. In 2013, 60 of our partners and special counsel were named leading lawyers in Chambers Asia Pacific and Global Guides and 85 were listed as Best Lawyers in the annual Best Lawyers peer review.

We have built a culture of collaboration and excellence in which each person is encouraged, supported and trained to be world class. This is the key to excellent results for our people and our clients.

Our commitment to our people has made us a much sought-after employer. We have received 10 Employer of Choice awards in the past four years, and are the only large national law firm to be awarded ALB Gold Employer of Choice two years in a row – as voted by our staff in an independent national survey.

Firm Practice Areas

Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, China, Climate Change, Communications & Technology, Competition & Regulatory, Corporate, Energy & Resources, Environment & Planning, Financial Services, Global Regulatory, Government, Health, India, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Major Projects & Infrastructure, Mergers & Acquisitions, Property & Real Estate, Restructuring & Insolvency, Tax, Workplace Relations.