Previous sponsorships

Allens has a long history of involvement with Australian cultural and sporting organisations.

Previous sponsorships that Allens has been involved with include:

CEDA Harper Report: Competition Policy Review

Allens was the major sponsor of CEDA's key event: Competition Policy Review with Professor Ian Harper, in Melbourne. Allens Partner David Brewster introduced what was Professor Harper's first public address since the Harper Report was released.

Ian Harper's review of competition policy is the most significant review of Australia's competition laws and policy in more than 20 years. The panel was tasked with a broad-ranging review that encompassed a consideration of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and the regulatory institutions that administer and enforce competition and consumer laws.

Competition Practice Leader Fiona Crosbie, says the recommendations are set to drive major regulatory reform, which, if implemented, will impact on Australian businesses across a wide range of sectors.

To read more about the firm's insights into the report, please visit our Harper Review website. The website brings together insight and tools for our clients, including key issues for General Counsel, what the Harper Review recommendations mean for their company, as well as third party political commentary. More insight to come.

View the video of Ian Harper's review

AMPLA – 2015

We were proud to be a major sponsor of AMPLA's 2015 conference in Perth.

Carbon Market Institute – Australian Emissions Reduction Summit

Allens was proud to be a gold sponsor of the Carbon Market Institute's 'Australian Emissions Reduction Summit' held in Melbourne on 5-6 May 2015.

Grant Anderson

The Summit brought together national and international leaders from business, government, technology and finance for knowledge exchange and commercial interaction about how to manage the challenges of economic growth in a low carbon world.

Grant Anderson chaired a session on the Australian policy environment, with keynote speakers Senator Nick Xenophon and Chloe Munro, Chair and CEO of the Clean Energy Regulator. The event was recorded, with the sessions accessible on the Carbon Market Institute's website.

Grant Anderson and the Carbon Market Institute's CEO Peter Castellas also put together a two-part video series to discuss the Emissions Reduction Fund and its safeguard mechanism component. To watch, visit our Climate Change website.

CEDA Annual Dinner Address by RBA Governor, Glenn Stevens

Allens was a major sponsor of the CEDA 2014 annual dinner and biennial address by Reserve Bank Governor, Glenn Stevens, on 18 November 2014.

Partner Paul Quinn chaired the event, as guests heard Mr Stevens discuss the state of Australia’s economy.

Allens is a long-standing member of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and sponsors a broad range of CEDA activities nationally, including annual dinners, Trustees' briefings and targeted speaker lunches. CEDA provides thought leadership and policy perspectives on the economic and social issues affecting Australia. More than 800 organisations around Australia, from business, government, academic and community organisations, are CEDA members. CEDA holds regular forums and events across Australia, where high-profile speakers discuss the policy challenges facing local, regional and national development.

For more information go to the CEDA website.

Prospects for power – National Energy Reform Series

IPA National Energy Reform Series

Allens sponsored the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia's (IPA) National Energy Reform Series, which brought together key leaders and figures in the energy sector to discuss and debate energy reform in Australia.

As a key sponsor, and host of the events in our Sydney office, the four-part series provided an opportunity for Allens to be part of the conversation and to also give clients a unique insight into the issues raised and trends discussed.

IPA was established in 2005, creating a new public policy partnership between Australia’s Federal and state governments, and the private sector.

IPA operates as a think tank on infrastructure market reform opportunities; as a source of data on the Australian market; and as a network and meeting place for senior practitioners from across the national and global infrastructure markets.

Allens sponsors 38th AMPLA Conference

AMPLA logo

Allens has been a member and sponsor of AMPLA since 1995 and continued our association at this year's 38th annual conference.

Allens partners Grant Anderson and Rob Watt (view CV) gave presentations and Igor Bogdanich (view CV) and Ben Zillmann (view CV) chaired sessions at the conference which is an important association for lawyers in the resources and energy sectors.

AMPLA is the first choice for resources and energy legal knowledge and professional membership in Australia and the region. Their aim is to inform, connect and develop energy and resources lawyers.

Sculpture By The Sea, Cottesloe Beach

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2014

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2014

Allens is proud to be a Founding Sponsor & Supporting Partner of Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, Perth, Western Australia.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe returns with more than 70 local, interstate and international artists transforming Perth's most popular beach into a stunning sculpture park.

Since its inception in 2005, the annual art event has grown to become Perth's largest and much loved free to the public outdoor exhibition. An estimated 220,000 visitors saw Cottesloe Beach transformed by artists from around the world set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Indian Ocean, with some of the most stunning sunsets of any major city in the world.

This year Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe welcomed 25 international artists from 10 different countries, including first time exhibitors Geraldo Zamproni from Brazil and Mia Hamilton from New Zealand, as well as a record nine sculptors from Japan. Among the Japanese sculptors was Keizo Ushio who joined WA's Ron Gomboc in being welcomed as the inaugural members of the Perth exhibition's Decade Club, which recognises those artists who have exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 10 times or more.

'It has been a real privilege to stage Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe since 2005,' says Founding Director David Handley. 'We look forward to building on the foundations of our first decade to make the exhibition even more significant on the global art scene, and in doing so we will provide more benefits for WA artists and exhibitions that continue to delight and surprise so many people.'

As part of Allens' sponsorship, we proudly support the Allens’ WA Emerging Sculptor Program. This year it was awarded to Norton Flavel.

Norton Flavel

Norton Flavel graduated from Edith Cowan University, School of Visual Art in 2001. In his graduation exhibition he won the John Birman Memorial award for best work in any media.

Since then Flavel has gone on to manage the Cannery Arts Centre, the regional gallery for South East WA, and ECU's Spectrum Project Space in Northbridge.

Flavel has his own business, Blastform, which uses explosive forming techniques to produce complex metal forms. Flavel also works at ECU in the Glass, Sculpture and 3D design studios where he assists staff and students achieve their visions.

Exhibiting work both in Australia and overseas Flavel has also worked on numerous public art projects and consulted for many well-known WA artists particularly in technical areas such as moulding, casting, fabrication and installation.

Learn more about Sculpture By The Sea, Bondi.

Women in Energy

Spring Event: Managing Risk in Your Career and Learning From Failure

Women in Energy: Spring Event

Allens was proud to sponsor the inaugural Women in Energy event at our Melbourne office on Tuesday, 11 November. More than 80 guests heard from Allens Partner Rachel Nicolson and Hay Group's Tina Arumugan, as well as an insightful panel discussion from Michelle Monaghan (General Manager, EnergyAustralia); Caroline Banhidy (CEO, Blue NRG) and Heather Carmody (Senior Advisor, NOUS Group). Guests heard their first-hand experience with, and advice on, managing risk in their careers and learning from failure.

Women in Energy is a newly established, non-partisan & not for profit organisation made up of local, energy professionals. More than 100 females in the energy industry from diverse roles are currently registered as members. The role of Women in Energy is to empower women within the energy sector to reach their full professional potential. They aim to do this through training, networking and ongoing education.

CEDA National Agribusiness Series Major Sponsor

Following on from our sponsorship of the 2013 CEDA Agribusiness forums, Allens were the major national sponsors of the 2014 CEDA Agribusiness series. The series ran from March – June around the country.

These forums attracted a range of keynote speakers from industry, government, finance and research to discuss the issues that the Agribusiness sector needs to address, such as foreign investment and financing, government regulation, R&D, innovation, productivity and infrastructure. The forums coincided with the government's calls for submissions to its Agribusiness White Paper.

The forums were chaired by Allens Agribusiness partners, Marcus Clark , Erin Feros, Carolyn Oddie and Tim Lester and were attended by a range of our lawyers and Agribusiness clients.

Our experience allows us to advise clients on a wide range of legal matters affecting the agricultural industry, including sector-specific mergers and acquisitions, IPO and takeover defence advice, agri-infrastructure development, construction and financing, securitisation of receivables in agriculture, financial and capital markets, commodity trading instruments, native title, rural land acquisition and leasing, deregulation and regulatory advice, water rights, environmental laws and licensing, marketing and sales, information technology, debt and equity facilities, food processing, cooperative agreements, biotechnology, supply chain advice and organisational structuring.

CEDA – or the Committee for Economic Development of Australia - provides thought leadership and policy perspectives on the economic and social issues affecting Australia. Allens are a corporate member of CEDA along with 800 organisations around Australia - a unique, influential group of leaders from business, government, academia and community organisations.

The Liable Entity Carbon Summit 2013

Allens was proud to be a major sponsor of the Liable Entity Carbon Summit held in Sydney in May 2013.

The two-day event brought together a number of high-level managers responsible for managing their organisations' liabilities under the carbon pricing scheme.

As part of the summit, Allens energy sector specialist and Partner Grant Anderson facilitated a workshop called 'Carbon Liability Reporting Requirements'. Grant discussed issues arising out of NGERS and carbon liability reporting, the interrelationship between them, best practice approaches to reporting, dealing with the Clean Energy Regulator, and the timeline for carbon liability-related and reporting actions.

Plein Air Painting Prize

Plein Art Painting Prize winner

St Mary's Cathedral at 4am
oil on wooden board
113 x 89.5 cm

© the artist

Allens sponsorship of the New South Wales Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize reflects our commitment to Australian art.

The term 'en plein air' refers to the practice of painting outdoors, engaging with nature and recording the transitory effects of light. Although it has a long history in Europe, Australian artists have also established a strong tradition of painting 'en plein air', with the climate and landscape proving conducive to this style. The Impressionists of the late 19th century, including Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts, spent much of their time painting outdoors, while Fred Williams was a great master of landscape painting in the 20th century.

The New South Wales Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, set up in 2008, aims to recognise this great and often overlooked aspect of Australian painting. The exhibition is held in the NSW Parliament building, with the winning work entering the NSW Parliament's permanent collection and the winning artist receiving $20,000.

Allens' sponsorship of the award continues the firm's commitment to supporting Australian artists and encouraging the development of Australian cultural expression. Allens has a significant art collection, developed since the mid-1970s, which contains more than 1000 unique and challenging works by Australian artists and is a significant survey of Australian painting over the past three decades.

Previous winners of the NSW plein art painting prize are Isabel Gomez (Newcastle Ports), Rodney Pople (St Mary's Cathedral at 4am) and Euan Macleod (Murwillumbah X 5).

For more information on The New South Wales Parliament Plein Air Prize, please visit

To learn more about the Allens art collection, go to

AICD (Australian Institute of Company Directors) Leaders Edge Lunch Series

Allens sponsored the AICD Leaders Edge Lunch Series in Perth on 14 March 2012.

The keynote speaker at the lunch was David Gonski, Chairman of the ASX and Investec. The AICD are Australia's pre-eminent organisation for directors, dedicated to making a difference in the quality of governance and directorship.

WA Opera: Elektra season partner 2012

Allens was proud to be a Season Partner of West Australian Opera's production of Elektra.

One of Western civilisation's greatest stories of fanatical love and revenge, Elektra was the first collaboration between Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, an important composer-librettist partnership, and was first performed in Dresden in 1909.

Elektra is a co-production of WA Opera, ThinIce, Perth International Arts Festival and Opera Australia. This production was the first time this opera was presented on stage in Perth.

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

Hide in a Whale's Stomach, Mouse

Taro Izumi, Hide in a Whale's Stomach, Mouse, 2010. Installation View. Asahi Art Square, Tokyo. Courtesy of the artist

Allens was proud to be a major partner of Alternating Currents, a significant group show of contemporary Japanese art that was presented by the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) and the Japan Foundation.

The exhibition featured engaging new work by six contemporary Japanese artists, artist collectives and musicians, encompassing performance, video, installation, sound art and music. Perth iwas the only Australian city taking part in this major international exhibition, which was launched at PICA on 11 November 2011.

The artists who took part in Alternating Currents created new art pieces specifically for the show, responding to the curatorial premise of 'currents' by involving local communities, extending their work beyond PICA's walls or reflecting on the local and global effects of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in 2011.

Their works, in some cases, encouraged the audience to become active participants. Audiences were prompted to buy and consume a 'local delicacy', experience a giant board game, activate musical boxes and contribute to an international 'conference' on the Reconstruction of Japan.

Participating artists: Yukio Fujimoto, Taro Izumi, Yuko Mori, Nadegata Instant Party, Yoshihide Otomo and Sakiko Sugawa.

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2005 – 2008

Allens sponsored Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe from 2005 to 2008.

During our last sponsorship of Cottesloe from 6-18 March 2008, the event showcased 54 original and eye-catching outdoor sculptures created by accomplished local, national and international sculptors. An additional indoor exhibition, entitled 'Sculpture Inside', was held concurrently, featuring small, unique sculptures by the exhibiting artists.

Thousands of people in Cottesloe experienced the innovative mix of art, sun and surf that Sculpture by the Sea has to offer.

For further information, visit the Sculpture by the Sea website. Allens continues to sponsor Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi.

Astra Conference 2008

For the seventh consecutive year, Allens was a sponsor of the ASTRA Conference. ASTRA (Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association) is the peak industry body representing subscription television in Australia. The annual ASTRA conference is the leading conference reaching Australian subscription television, media and advertising industries and their audiences. Approximately 600 guests attend the ASTRA Conference each year, including a number of our key media clients, decision makers and international guests, where they discuss critical issues and policy.

As part of our involvement at ASTRA 2008: Claiming the future, held in Sydney in March, Allens co-sponsored the regulatory session and three Allens Partners – Jacqueline Downes (Partner, Sydney) (view CV), David Yates (former Partner in our Sydney office) and Niranjan Arasaratnam (Partner, Melbourne) – were on hand to discuss regulatory issues.

For more information about ASTRA and the annual conference, please visit the ASTRA website:

Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award 2008

Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award

The Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award is a national bi-annual award and exhibition that recognises young and emerging visual artists.

The award offers an acquisitive first prize of $5000, a highly commended prize of $3000 and a commended prize of $800. Established in 1981 and awarded biennially, it is one of a limited number of opportunities for young talent, aged between 18 and 28 years, to be profiled and recognised by both arts industry peers and the broader community.

The award was set up during the lifetime of renowned artist Lloyd Rees and his work continues to be recognised, respected and associated with excellence in the visual arts. Therefore the award attracts a high calibre of entrants who work in painting, drawing and printmaking. A rotating panel of visual arts experts judges the award. The panel has been led by Guy Warren, an Archibald-winning artist and close friend of Lloyd Rees, since its establishment. The Rees family continues to support and be closely associated with the award.

In 2007, Allens Arthur Robinson was proud to sponsor the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award. The judges for the 2007 award included Mr Warren, Euan Macleod and Mirabel Fitzgerald. Mr Macleod was the winner of the prestigious Archibald Prize for portraiture in 1999. His paintings and drawings feature in prominent public and private collections throughout Australia and overseas, including the National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Chartwell Collection, New Zealand.

Mirabel Fitzgerald is a Honorary Associate Professor and former Head of Department, Print Media Studio, at the Sydney College of the Arts and is an accomplished exhibiting artist and print maker.

The 2007 award night was held at the Lane Cove Civic Centre on Friday, 12 October and hosted by Lane Cove Mayor Ian Longbottom. Mathew Bromhead won the award for his artwork Thirty Degrees East. Dean Brown won the highly commended prize and Tamara Mendels won the commended prize.

Matthew Bromhead

Matthew Bromhead, Winner of the 2007 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award, with his winning entry Thirty Views East

2007 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award Exhibition

L-R: Guy Warren (Judge), Rachel Ellis (Special guest), Dean Brown (Highly commended prize winner), Ian Longbottom (Mayor of Lane Cove), Tamara Mendels (Commended prize winner), Mathew Bromhead (Winner) and Mirabel Fitzgerald (Judge)

 For further information, contact Centrehouse:

The Manager, Centrehouse
178 Longueville Road,
Lane Cove, NSW 2066
Ph: (02) 9428 4898

Asia Mining Congress 2007

Allens Partner, Seamus Cornelius

Allens Arthur Robinson was a Silver sponsor of the 3rd Annual Asia Mining Congress, held in Singapore from 26-30 March 2007.

The congress is Asia's biggest mining industry event, bringing together senior regional regulators, top mining companies and international investors.

Three Allens Partners were involved in this year's congress. Seamus Cornelius (Partner, Allens China) presented a segment on Foreign investment in exploration and mining in China and Gavin MacLaren (Partner, Allens Singapore) took part in a panel discussion on the topic of Evaluating Asia's rapidly changing mining investment landscape and managing investment risks.

Steve Pemberton (Partner, Allens Singapore) , along with Seamus and Gavin, held a post-conference master class on 30 March on the Legal aspects of mining transactions. This master class provided participants with practical information in negotiating and implementing mining transactions and agreements in Asia. Our Allens Partners discussed the project risks involved and examined some of the mitigation strategies available, providing case studies of recent transactions.

The agenda of the master class was:

  • Concessions/licences/COWs/MDAs
  • Joint ventures
  • Financing mining projects
  • Sale of product
  • Acquisition of interest
  • Taxation of mining projects

BRW Private Equity Australia 2007

Allens Partner, David Wenger

Allens Arthur Robinson was a Gold sponsor for the BRW Private Equity Australia Conference, held on 21 and 22 March 2007 in Sydney.

Unprecedented growth in the proportion of Australian mergers and acquisitions attributable to private equity made this an important and exciting area for further examination.

Allens Partner David Wenger chaired the first day of the conference, and later spoke on the rise of consortium deals, providing examples and statistics, and discussed the regulatory issues of 'club' deals.

Photograph courtesy of News Ltd photographer, Marc McCormack

Other speakers included:

  • Joe Skrzynski, Co-founder – Champ Private Equity
  • Peter Yates, Managing Partner – Allco Equity Partners Ltd
  • Dr Katherine Woodthorpe, CEO – Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association
  • Simon Moore, Managing Director – The Carlyle Group
  • Roy McKelvie, Managing Director – Gresham Private Equity
  • Tim Sims, Managing Director – Pacific Equity Partners
  • Michael Blythe, Chief Economist – Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • John Murphy, Managing Director – Investec Wentworth Private Equity Ltd
  • Matthew McLellan, Investment Director – Ironbridge Capital
  • Avi Gilboa, Principal – CCMP Capital Asia

IAMA Conference 2006

Allens Arthur Robinson continues its association with the IAMA Conference for the third year in a row.

Keynote speaker, The Honourable Justice Ian Callinan AC

Held on 26-28 May, the 2006 national conference focused on the topic 'Drawing a line in the sand: new approaches in ADR'. Allens was proud to have sponsored the conference's keynote speaker, The Honourable Justice Ian Callinan AC. In a wide-ranging address, the eminent judge considered the case for state subsidisation of mediation and whether the courts should have power to order alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

The conference also addressed new approaches in arbitration, mediation, adjudication and provision of a diversity of new ADR services in areas such as industrial relations, maritime law and native title.

The Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia (IAMA) is the nation's largest, independent and most experienced ADR organisation. Founded in 1975, its membership comprises some of Australia's eminent and experienced professionals from a diverse range of sectors including commercial, legal, education and government. Allens Consultant John Dorter is a life fellow and Partner John Cooper is a member and former president of IAMA.

Photograph courtesy of News Ltd photographer, Marc McCormack

Melbourne 2006

Allens Arthur Robinson is proud to have been one of the first organisations to support the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games in its capacity as Official Law Firm.

L-R: Allens Managing Partner Tom Poulton, Melbourne 2006 CEO John Harnden, Allens Consultant Graeme Johnson

We have been part of the Melbourne business landscape for more than 150 years. The Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games was an opportunity for us to help showcase Victoria, and Australia as a whole, to an international audience.

It also continues our proud tradition of advising on Australia's most significant sporting events, including the Olympic Games, Formula One Grand Prix, the Melbourne Cup, World Cup Cricket and Rugby World Cup 2003.

Allens worked alongside Melbourne 2006's in-house legal team on issues ranging from contractual and supplier negotiations through to preventing ambush marketing, with all Australian offices being involved.

Allens' relationship partner for Melbourne 2006 was Paul Kenny.

If you're keen to show off your sporting prowess or intellectual capabilities, play a round of our Synch or Swim interactive synchronised swimming game or our Gold on the Green interactive lawn bowls game.

  • Brains behind the Games – To celebrate our sponsorship of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, we joined with other Melbourne 2006 sponsors, Hudson and PricewaterhouseCoopers, for the Brains behind the Games Trivia Quiz.  Read more?
  • History of the Games – How did the Commonwealth Games come about? Why are they known as the 'Friendly Games'? Read more?
  • The Games at a Glance – Do you know which city is hosting the 2010 Commonwealth Games? Or how many volunteers are required at the 2006 Games? Read more?
  • Go Aussie Go! – Australia is the undisputed leader of the Commonwealth Games' medal tally with 1684 medals, England second with 1584, and Canada third with 1230. Read more?
  • M2006 Relationship Partner – Paul is widely experienced in capital markets, project financing and privatisation, particularly in the energy and resources sectors. Read more?

Rugby World Cup 2003

Allens Arthur Robinson was proud to support Rugby World Cup 2003 as the Official Law Firm. Around two million Australians attended matches, with millions more watching around the world.

As an Asia Pacific firm, Allens provided the full range of legal services, but the emphasis was upon protection of trade marks and other intellectual property rights and litigation, sports law issues and broadcasting and commercial issues. The Allens team was led by two senior partners, Richard Alcock and Jim Dwyer.

'Having been involved in other high-profile international sporting events, our firm was delighted to be involved with Rugby World Cup,' said Mr Alcock.

 We received fantastic feedback on our Rugby Shootout game and 131,158 players had a go during the competition period (note: this is not an official game of Rugby World Cup 2003). You can still play the Rugby Shootout game though winning entries can no longer be submitted.

We look forward to the next Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2011.