Basic Info

A premier commercial law firm, Piper Alderman has offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. We work with clients across Australia and internationally to achieve optimum legal and commercial solutions.

Our legal expertise has been built on nearly two centuries of industry experience. Piper Alderman has been a leading advisor to Australian commercial interests for more than 170 years and we continue to advance in knowledge, skills and commitment. We listen to our clients, respond to their needs and guide them through increasingly complex regulatory and business landscapes.

Acting for multinational corporations as well as the Australian branches of many organisations listed in offshore markets, Piper Alderman is regularly involved in complex negotiations across a wide variety of industries and countries. Many of our lawyers hold international qualifications and have practised in other jurisdictions, allowing us to offer our clients effective cross-border legal services backed by extensive experience.

We are often selected by clients and overseas law firms because of our expertise as well as our independence, as we are not formally aligned with a global law firm. We are also a single, united partnership which facilitates a unified approach to legal services nationally. Our national presence also helps overseas companies negotiate the daunting and often complex mix of state and federal legislature across Australia.

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Why work with us

We get to know you.

We are committed to developing enduring, flexible and long-lasting relationships with our clients.

Piper Alderman was a 2019 Finalist for the Financial Review Client Choice Awards, an award selected by our clients.

We provide high level partner contact.

Our business model and approach to practice means our partners are proactive and directly involved throughout the conduct of your matter.

‘Piper Alderman gives direct access to the most experienced partners, who provide immediate responses’. – The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific

We collaborate and explore how we can add value.

We focus on achieving practical commercial outcomes, innovation in service delivery and deep engagement with industry.

“Piper Alderman is outcome driven, not task driven. They have a genuine desire to understand our business, our risk appetite and they work with us – not parallel to us.” – Managing Director, Vaughan Constructions

We do what we say we will do.

Our clients tell us we are highly responsive and we make meeting deadlines a priority.

“Piper Alderman was very responsive and easy to deal with, in what was a complex process that had to deal with the intricacies of our multifaceted business.” – Managing Director, Calix Limited

We know the importance of efficiency, value for money and cost certainty.

We offer flexible fee arrangements in order to provide cost certainty and cost efficiencies matching your budget, requirements and expectations together with a range of value-adds.

“Piper Alderman stands out for its ‘excellent value for money, generating results that other firms would charge a lot more to obtain’.” – The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific

Our practice is nation-wide.

We have offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney and undertake work for clients throughout all States and Territories in Australia.

“From a client perspective the integration is seamless, even though in the background there may be multiple lawyers or teams working together.” – General Manager Fundraising, Guide Dogs SA/NT

We make the transition seamless.

We understand the difficulties that can come with transitioning legal service providers and have procedures to ensure a seamless transition.

“We had considered several other firms, but Piper Alderman was clearly the standout firm for the role and demonstrated to us that it had the desire, commitment, ideas and personnel that we believed were necessary for our company to mount a case in demonstrable adverse circumstances to provide the best opportunity for a successful outcome.” – Chairman, Lakes Oil N.L.

Company focus


Legal Services


Aged Care
Education Services
Energy & Resources
Financial Services
Infrastructure and Construction
Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare
Private Clients
Real Estate & Property Investment
Renewable Energy
Transport & Infrastructure

Projects or Case studies (3)

Acquisition due diligence and related advice for telecommunications company

July 2020 - July 2020

Metro Telworks is a leading Singapore company with Indian origins specialising in Network Performance enhancement for telecom networks. Piper Alderman provided advice in relation to possible acquisition due diligence and purchase agreements, including FIRB, tax, employment relations advice.

Assisting international pharmaceutical company establish Australian operations


Piper Alderman assisted international pharmaceutical company, Aborns, with the set up of its Australian operations. Advice provided included issues around property purchase, ownership structures, taxation and Foreign Investment Review Board requirements.

Assisting global household appliance company formalise structure in Australia


Candy Group is a privately held group of companies in the household appliance industry that sells products around the world, including Australia. The company wished to formalise its structure in Australia and Piper Alderman assisted in that process. We advised on possible business entities, relevant regulations, approvals and licences, taxation, employment arrangements, immigration considerations, occupancy arrangements and various documents and agreements required for the company to operate in Australia.


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