Our expertise

Defence, aerospace,
and technology

We offer tailored legal and strategic advice to the Western Australian defence industry, with specialist expertise in defence contracting and legal issues arising from the unique technological advances constantly evolving in the sector

Defence and aerospace

We have a detailed understanding of, and exposure to, all existing and planned defence projects unfolding in Western Australia for the Royal Australian Navy, specifically, and defence and aerospace generally. The unique nature of these projects, and the secure environment in which they necessarily operate, requires a creative and innovative legal approach.

Our broad network in the defence industry across Australia includes key players at prime, SME and State and Federal government level. In addition to general legal work for defence and aerospace businesses, we offer specialist expertise in the area of defence contracting based around ASDEFCON, at both contractor and subcontractor level.

We offer tailored legal and strategic advice on:

  • Aircraft and drone sale, purchase, and leasing
  • Aviation and drone regulatory issues
  • Confidentiality, privacy and non-disclosure
  • Construction contracts and disputes
  • Corporate and commercial advice
  • Disputes relating to road and rail logistics, mining technologies and mining
  • Drafting and reviewing contracts and subcontracts (including ASDEFCON template agreements)
  • Employment matters
  • Engineering, construction and maritime construction contracting
  • Environment, social and governance
  • Intellectual property and licensing
  • Litigation and dispute resolution including arbitration, mediation and litigation in all courts in Australia
  • Property and leasing



From the early stage of start-ups, to established business working on novel technological applications, the development of innovative technologies and systems is innate to our defence and aerospace clients.

In addition to advising clients on the defence and aerospace regulatory environment, we work closely with clients and industry bodies to advocate for regulatory reform and educate the sector on emerging issues affecting the development of new technologies.

Intellectual property

Our market leading intellectual property team works with clients to develop strategies for the protection of technologies and trade secrets, and the registration and enforcement of intellectual property rights. We also empower clients to achieve the best possible outcomes in complex disputes, including breach of confidence, breach of restraints of trade, and intellectual property infringement.

Our expertise is critical to the preservation of the secrecy and value of our clients’ intellectual property and technology in the defence and aerospace sector.

We act for Raytheon Missile Systems, a division of the world’s third largest defence prime contractor, Raytheon Company, and we advise the Australian Marine Complex on trade mark matters. We also act for other Australian sub-primes and European primes on intellectual property matters, including the registration of vessel designs, classified information protocols, and the protection of copyright.

For Defence, Aerospace and Technology matters please contact Principals, Michael Nas or Mark MacLennan.

For Intellectual Property matters, please contact Principal, Dave Stewart.

For Property and Leasing matters, please contact Commercial Counsel, Inge Lauw.