Thynne + Macartney

A leading full-service and proudly independent commercial law firm advising clients in Queensland and across Australia since 1893.

For more than 127 years, Thynne + Macartney has helped people and businesses to build and grow within Queensland and across Australia, as well as navigate the challenges and issues that sometimes arise.

With more than 45 lawyers, including 19 partners, we regularly work on significant matters that extend beyond state and national borders.

When you have legal needs in Queensland and Australia,
We’re with you.

Key Highlights of 2020:

  • During the 12 months to 30 June 2020, Thynne + Macartney lawyers advised on property transactions exceeding $1.3 billion in value. Read more here.
  • Thynne + Macartney nominated as a finalist for Property Team of the Year, Employer of Choice and Wellness Initiative of the Year at the 2020 Lawyers’ Weekly Australian Law Awards. Read more here.
  • Sixteen of Thynne + Macartney’s lawyers rank in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers Australia. Read more here.

Agribusiness: Queensland’s leading law firm for agribusiness, Thynne + Macartney acts for more than 1,200 corporations and families operating in rural Australia, including Queensland, northern New South Wales and Northern Territory.

Banking + Finance: With in-depth experience across a range of transactional and finance matters, Thynne + Macartney lawyers assist clients with their financing needs. Our experience includes acting for clients on regulation and compliance matters in international financial matters.

Building + Construction: Helping clients to deliver projects on time, prosecute or defend claims, Thynne + Macartney’s team advises clients on both front and back end issues affecting stakeholders in construction and infrastructure projects.

Commercial + Corporate: Assisting clients with their commercial needs and governance frameworks to stay compliant, our corporate and business specialists have significant experience working with individuals, public and private sector companies. Helping them navigate the complexities of corporate and commercial law, Thynne + Macartney works with some of Australia’s most successful individuals and companies to achieve their business objectives.

Development: A strong end to end developer offering with lawyers experienced across industrial, commercial and residential sectors. Teams experienced across property, banking + finance, environment + planning, Native Title + Cultural Heritage and building and construction provide a complete and efficient end-to-end service to developer clients or clients with property investments across Queensland.

Disputes + Litigation: Negotiating and settling commercial disputes through dispute resolution processes or in court, Thynne + Macartney lawyers are experienced in settlement negotiations, alternative dispute resolution and litigation. We have represented clients before Federal and State Courts, specialist tribunals and commissions of enquiry.

Employment Law: Thynne + Macartney’s employer focused practice helps employers negotiate enterprise bargaining agreements and develop employee contracts and policies.  We assist employers in preventing and manage incidents with a primary focus in the maritime and agribusiness sectors, two of Queensland’s leading industries.

Family Law: Navigating marriage and divorce, family arrangements and related economic matters, Thynne + Macartney team members are accredited and have completed Family Dispute Resolution studies and gained advance training in mediation and Collaborative Law. If required, our team of highly skilled and experienced litigators can help clients reach a resolution in Court.

Insolvency: Providing front-end business structuring and asset protection advice, Thynne + Macartney’s lawyers assist with turn around solutions and options to deal with ‘cashflow lag’ during business growth and to deal with ‘cashflow interruption’ for external reasons. This includes formal and informal arrangements with creditors under bank loan and security instruments, PPSA, the Corporations Act.

Maritime + Transport: The region’s largest and most experienced maritime practice, Thynne + Macartney’s team manages all aspects of contentious and non-contentious marine and transport law. We are committed to providing clients with peace of mind and are on call to provide advice and assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We believe that immediate response is critical to providing our clients with maximum control over the outcome.

Migration: Offering comprehensive advice and individually tailored service, we do all we can to simplify the process of obtaining an Australian visa. Thynne + Macartney’s dual-qualified solicitor and registered migration agent (MIRA) is supported by a multilingual team and has the experience to help assess whether you meet the requirements and obligations to be successful in your application.

Native Title: With extensive experience negotiating between stakeholders in native title and cultural heritage issues, our understanding of the relationships between state and federal government, Aboriginal land councils, native title organisations and communities is based on more than 20 years of specialising in native title claims. Our clients include primary producers, mining and gas companies, and infrastructure developers.

Planning + Environment: Helping clients to find a pathway through the complexities of planning and environment law, Thynne + Macartney’s environmental lawyers help reach the best commercial solution in the shortest possible time. Using our expertise to steer clients clear of the issues which can stand in the way of development approvals, we advise on all aspects of planning and environment law throughout Queensland. Clients include individuals, property developers, landowners, infrastructure providers, local government authorities and agricultural business.

Professional Indemnity: Managing risk and defending insurance and professional indemnity claims due to negligence, Thynne + Macartney’s team is one of Australia’s most established and experienced professional indemnity practices . With more than 30 years’ experience successfully defending claims, we have helped many people to resume their professional lives.

Property: Advising across the spectrum of property transactions, including acquisition, investment, subdivision, registration, development, leasing, sale and disposal, Thynne + Macartney’s team works with large institutions with significant and diverse property holdings to help them manage their portfolios and individuals investing in property in Queensland. Our experience extends across commercial, residential, agricultural, industrial, high-rise, tourism, master planned communities, retail and vacant properties.

Religious + Charitable: For over 100 years, Thynne + Macartney has been working with religious and charitable organisations on diverse areas such as property, commercial, corporate and litigation and dispute resolution matters. With broad experience in the unique issues that religious and charitable institutions face in their essential community work, our team is well placed to help clients find the best way toward their commercial and missional objectives.

Schools + Education: With a long history advising schools and in the education sector, our clients include independent schools and their governing bodies in Queensland. Thynne + Macartney provides a broad service helping principals, executives, business operation directors, CFOs, governing boards and councils in the effective governance and management of operations and risk in relation to students, staff, business operations, reputation, campuses and properties, parents and communities.

Wills + Estates: Offering expertise across estate planning, estate administration and estate litigation, our leading team gives clients practical, realistic and straightforward advice providing the information needed for the best path forward in their situation. Doyle’s Guide to Leading Lawyers recognises Thynne + Macartney as a leading law firm in Queensland for Wills, Estates & Succession Planning, as well as Wills & Estates Litigation. Our senior lawyers are individually recognised for their expertise and, and all three are also specialists accredited by the Queensland Law Society in Succession Law.

Brisbane and Cairns, Australia
Port Moseby, Papua New Guinea
Founded: 1893
Member since: 2004
Lawyers: 41

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Level 32, Riverside Centre
123 Eagle Street
Brisbane, Qld, Australia 4000
GPO Box 245 Brisbane Q 4001
Tel: +61 7 3231 8888

Level 1, Moresby Haus
4 Scott Street
PO Box 5701
Cairns Q, Australia 4870
Tel: +61 7 4031 2711 (24 hours)

Allotment 1, Section 52
Tandy House
Waigani Drive
NCD, Papua New Guinea
PO Box 698
Port Moresby NCD 121
Tel: +675 311 2311 (24 hours)