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JWS appoints new special counsel

Independent Johnson Winter Slattery has appointed a new special counsel for its energy and resources team.

user iconGrace Robbie 19 March 2024 Big Law
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Johnson Winter Slattery (JWS) has appointed Megan Coall (pictured) as special counsel for its energy and resources team based in the firm’s Sydney office.

JWS stated that Coall “has a focus on mergers and acquisitions and other commercial transactions within the energy and resources sector”.

This specialisation has provided her with opportunities to advise “leading Australian and global producers, as well as financial sponsors focused on global energy transition investment, on domestic and cross-border transactions”.


The firm also noted that Coall has acquired specialised expertise and knowledge in areas such as “joint venture, infrastructure and commodity sales and royalty arrangements found in complex energy and resources sector projects.”

Additionally, she has demonstrated proficiency in advising on transactions that involve “critical minerals, renewables and energy technology and storage.”

With over 15 years of experience in the legal sector, she has held various positions at different firms. These include roles as a law clerk at Hagan & Co Solicitors and solicitor, senior associate, and special counsel at King and Wood Mallesons.

Coall also served as an associate at London-based firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP for over four years.

The news follows the firm’s appointment of intellectual property special counsel from Corrs Chambers Westgarth in October, a partner from Barker McKenzie in early August, a partner from Jones Day in July and a tax special counsel from BHP in mid-June.

It also follows the promotion of 18 lawyers to more senior roles in early June and a further five to partner later that month.

Bruce Adkins, partner and head of JWS’ energy and resources practice, expressed his excitement about Coall joining the firm.

“We are delighted to have Megan join JWS. She is an excellent energy and resources lawyer with a commercial focus. And is well known for delivering high-quality advice to clients,” he said.

“Megan’s appointment will add further depth to the firm’s market-leading energy and resources practice and will strengthen our M&A offering to the sector.”

Coall said she was “excited to join JWS’ dedicated energy and resources team”.

“Collaboration on M&A, project development and other commercial transactions in this sector, and across traditional mining resources, renewables and emerging technologies, is vital to support the global energy translation and its array of challenges and opportunities for clients,” she added.

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