Stan Lewis

Partner. Sydney.

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Leading litigator Stan Lewis forges a new path to create innovative solutions for his clients - often by redefining the law.

Specialising in large and complex disputes, Stan has acted in high profile corporate and securities law and professional negligence actions and has earned a reputation as a strategic and commercially minded litigator.

Stan has represented parties in a number of landmark decisions in corporate law including Gambotto v WCP Ltd, a decision of the High Court of Australia, described at the time by the Australian Financial Review as a “ruling that has radically altered the balance of power within corporate Australia”.

Stan also provides advice on takeovers, shareholder disputes, securities transactions, general business disputes, misleading conduct claims and investigations by regulatory bodies including ASIC, ASX and the ACCC.

Leading litigator Stan Lewis forges a new path to create innovative solutions for his clients - often by redefining the law.

Specialising in large and complex disputes, Stan has acted in high profile corporate and securities law and professional negligence actions and has earned a reputation as a strategic and commercially minded litigator.

Stan has represented parties in a number of landmark decisions in corporate law including Gambotto v WCP Ltd, a decision of the High Court of Australia, described at the time by the Australian Financial Review as a “ruling that has radically altered the balance of power within corporate Australia”.

Stan also provides advice on takeovers, shareholder disputes, securities transactions, general business disputes, misleading conduct claims and investigations by regulatory bodies including ASIC, ASX and the ACCC.

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“One of the best litigators in Sydney” Chambers Global Guide

Stan's Expertise

  • Vodafone Hutchison merger Advised Vodafone Australia on its merger with Hutchison 3G Australia, to become Vodafone Hutchison Australia, including litigation between Hutchison and Telstra Corporation Ltd.
  • Large merger specialist Acted in a number of major cash/scrip mergers and demergers by scheme of arrangement including Foster’s Group Ltd, Straits Resources Ltd, Andean Resources Ltd, Suncorp-Metway Ltd, the acquisition of Felix Resources Ltd by Yanzhou Coal, Equigold NL, Panbio Ltd, Anzon Energy Ltd and Peplin Ltd.
  • MasterCard Representing MasterCard in Federal Court proceedings against the Reserve Bank of Australia in relation to credit card reforms and in relation to a contractual dispute with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
  • Guinness Peat Group Representing Ron Brierley’s Guinness Peat Group in various matters including in Takeovers Panel proceedings in relation to Gosford Quarry Holdings Ltd and MYOB Ltd; against GIO and AMP, regarding the GIO/AMP scheme of arrangement; and in the high profile litigation taken against Ampolex Ltd over Ampolex’s convertible notes.
  • Mayne Group Limited Representing Mayne Group in relation to a contractual dispute with the NSW Government over the Port Macquarie Base Hospital.

Stan's Leadership

  • Litigation Law & Practice Committee of the Law Society of New South Wales Member (2013)
  • Law Society of New South Wales Member

What others say

  • “A really seasoned, very efficient, very commercial litigator who gets straight to the point and is a delight to work with” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2014
  • “Insolvency and Restructuring Deal of the Year - Centro restructure” Australasian Legal Business Awards, 2012
  • “Extensive experience and great reputation” Chambers Global Guide, 2013
  • “Leading Lawyer - Dispute Resolution” Chambers Global Guide, 2008-2014
  • “Best Lawyer - Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation” Best Lawyers Peer Review, 2009-2014
  • “[Stan Lewis delivers] excellent corporate law knowledge and sound strategic advice ” Chambers Global Guide, 2010
  • “Stan Lewis is praised as one of the best litigators in Sydney” Chambers Global Guide, 2011
  • “Recommended Lawyer - Litigation (NSW)” Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession, 2012

Stan's Thinking