A partner at law firm Henry Davis York says the onslaught of global law firms in Australia hasn’t stymied cross-jurisdictional work for smaller firms.
Pointing to its work for Global Television, a cop=partner in the winning bid for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games host broadcaster contract, HDY partner Peter Mulligan said the firm still does business dealings in foreign locations from its Sydney base.
Mulligan said HDY was preferred by Global Television despite the emergence in Australia of many international legal firms, including some that are headquartered in the UK.
“We are often called upon to work on multi-jurisdictional matters,” he said.
“This transaction shows that we can do that very effectively from our Sydney base for local and regional players with substantial business dealings in foreign locations.”
Mulligan led the deal, assisted by HDY partner Geoffrey Hilton, senior associate Breanna Davies and lawyer Zoe Cheng.
This latest deal follows on from the work done by the firm for Global Television in its winning bid for the broadcasting contract for the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.
The latest Commonwealth Games contract was eight months in the tender process, Mulligan said.
The bid was won by two independent providers to the television industry, Global Television and Sunset + Vine collaborating together. Between them, the partners will design, install and operate the International Broadcast Centre, which will service a worldwide audience estimated at one billion people during the games. They will also arrange all the outside broadcast services to produce all the events in high definition covering 17 sports over 11 days of competition, plus the opening and closing ceremonies.
HDY’s legal counsel worked in Australia and England on extensive negotiations for the bid, which was run by the Scottish Commonwealth Games Organising Committee.