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Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Finlaysons is the oldest firm in the State and has been practising commercial law for over 150 years. Our depth of experience affords us a leading role in Australian commercial law, servicing businesses in the local, national and international markets.


We have specialist teams in selected practice areas with intimate knowledge of diverse business sectors.



Finlaysons property, construction and infrastructure team, led by partners Steven Tarca and David Martin, provides strong and intelligent commercial legal advice for retail, residential, industrial and infrastructure projects.


Our team provides legal services in all facets of property transactions including acquisitions and disposals, property development, leasing, and residential, retail, marina, apartment tower, office tower, shopping centre, commercial, industrial and infrastructure projects.


We have particular experience in providing advice to organisations in the wine, mining, retail and residential sectors. We have played a key role in extensive landmark projects in Adelaide and across Australia.


Recent projects include:

  • Acting for Newport Quays (a Brookfield Multiplex/Urban Construct Joint Venture) generally in relation to their $1.5 billion redevelopment of the Inner Harbor at Port Adelaide, comprising residential, commercial, retail and industrial mixed use precinct.
  • Acting for developers in establishment of electricity and residential infrastructure relating to the Olympic Dam mine.
  • Acting for developers of MunnoPara Shopping Centre and Gepps Cross Homemaker Centre, both of which being the largest such centres in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Acting for Defence SA in relation to their Techport Australia Naval Industry Hub.
  • Acting for some of Australia’s largest developers including Delfin Lend Lease, Urban Pacific Limited, Mirvac, Land Management Corporation and AV Jennings.


Steven Tarca – Partner                          David Martin – Partner
Telephone +61 8 8235 7818                      Telephone +61 8 8235 7841      


Resources & Native Title


Our experienced team headed by partners George McKenzie and Julia Dnistrianski, supported by a strong team of lawyers and Special Counsel, provides expert legal advice concerning joint ventures and acquisitions, foreign investment, due diligence, commercial transactions and native title.


We have particular strength and expertise in the uranium sector; and in relation to project development having acted in many major projects across the resources sector.


Recent projects include:

  • Advising Iluka Resources on all aspects of its Eucla Basin projects including mining tenure requirements, infrastructure corridor and related tenure issues, planning and Development Act requirements, environmental and native vegetation requirements, required statutory approvals and processes and native title exploration and regional production ILUA agreements.


  • Acting for IMX Resources NL in relation to all aspects of their Mt Woods/Cairns Hill prospect including drafting and negotiating an access road construction agreement; a mine product haulage contract; a rail haulage agreement; a mining services agreement and a landowner agreement.


  • Advising on numerous transactions involving the acquisition of interests in resources (including uranium) projects by foreign government controlled entities and/or foreign private corporations from China, India and Japan.


  • Advising a major energy company on regulatory issues, joint operating agreements, farm-in and farm- out agreements and gas and crude oil sale and transportation agreements.


George McKenzie – Partner                   Julia Dnistrianski – Partner
Telephone +61 8 8235 7452                     Telephone +61 8 8235 7814



Finlaysons is widely regarded as the leading wine industry law firm in Australia.


It’s a position we have held for many years and one we value greatly. As Australians, we know and love wine. In fact, some of us even make it. And we have worked with the industry at home and abroad for decades, helping Australian wine take its place on the global stage, leading the way in complex and changing markets.


We have built unrivalled global knowledge and expertise through our dedicated Wine Unit, a specialist, multi-disciplinary team headed by partner Will Taylor. We are thus able to support clients at every level and in every wine region in Australia, from their viticultural issues to sales, marketing and distribution matters, acting for small family operations to some of the world’s largest wine and beverage companies.


Recent projects include:

  • Acting for a major Indian wine company in its purchase of winery assets in South Australia.


  • Acting for a major Australian wine company in its sale of numerous winery and vineyard assets across Australia.


  • Advising a major French company regarding the recapitalisation of its Australian wine industry operations.


Will Taylor – Partner                   
Telephone +61 8 8235 7421            


Corporate Advisory & Finance

The corporate advisory team, led by partner Lee Dewhirst, is tenacious about winning work and rigorous about the quality of service we deliver. Our partners are supported by a strong team operating across a range of company law and commercial issues including Corporations Act and ASX Listing Rules advice, mergers and acquisitions and capital raisings. The team operates across a range of company law and commercial issues for private and public companies, their directors and officers-at State, national and international levels.


Recent projects include:

  • Various national and trans-national debt facilities (USD and Euro) for corporate borrowings and private equity buyouts including multi-option facilities, inter-creditor arrangements, hedging arrangements (foreign exchange and interest rate) and establishment of cross border security structures.


  • Establishment and financing of ventures throughout Australia with tasks including drafting finance and acquisition agreements, share swap transactions, investment arrangements, joint venture agreements and advising on stamp duty and registration requirements.


Lee Dewhirst – Partner                   
Telephone +61 8 8235 7453            

Business Type: 
Service Provider