A Look at Doing Business In Australia
Published 16 Nov, 2017
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The principal of Seftcorp Law, Grant Sefton, is an experienced practitioner in corporate and commercial law at a national and international level, having had in excess of 30 years’ experience in these fields in Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne. His clients include a host of leading public and private sector clients throughout Australia.
Until recently, Grant was a founding partner of the Newcastle office of national legal firm Moray & Agnew Lawyers, where he was national coordinator of its commercial law practice. Seftcorp Law is now a consultant to Moray & Agnew.
From 1990 Grant was partner-in-charge of the corporate and commercial practice of Hunt & Hunt in Newcastle, assisting to develop that practice into one of the larger corporate and commercial practices in the Hunter Valley. In 2006 he joined two other equity partners to establish the Newcastle office of Moray & Agnew.
After graduating in economics and law from University of Sydney, Grant commenced his career as a sales engineer and then corporate solicitor with Alcoa at the time of the construction of the Portland Aluminium Smelter, which was then one of the largest infrastructure projects in Australia. These roles provided him with experience in the practical aspects of the commercial world and exposure to corporate and commercial law at national and international level.
Grant also worked as legal counsel for CRA Limited (now Rio Tinto), where he provided legal advice across a variety of areas including biotechnology, aluminium and resources.
Throughout his career, Grant has had significant involvement in legal matters that involved a range of commercial factors plus national and global corporate law considerations.
Grant acts for a wide range of large and smaller corporations and public institutions across a wide range of industries. He has a particular focus in:
For over three years Grant has been the sole Australian ‘commercial law’ member of IR Global, one of the fastest growing professional service firm networks in the world. Members provide legal, accountancy and financial advice to companies and individuals across 150 jurisdictions. Grant is on the international steering committee for its ‘Commercial Law’ group. He previously served on its ‘Deal Makers’ steering committee for two years. Regular attendance at IR Global conferences held throughout the world has equipped Grant with important international contacts and contemporary knowledge on international legal and other issues.
For many years Grant has been active in industry and community bodies in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. He is a founding director of Hunter Founders Forum, which is dedicated to facilitating investment opportunities in innovative enterprises. He is also a founding director of Hunter Angels, which invests in start-up and early stage innovative enterprises, and is an experienced ‘angel’ investor.
He has also been a long standing and active member of HunterNet, a highly successful network of over 200 companies involved in national and international infrastructure and asset management, energy and resources, defence and advanced manufacturing supply chains. Through its membership, HunterNet represents over 70,000 employees. Grant is a member of the ‘Business Value Group’ committee within HunterNet, whose aim is to facilitate discussion and exchange of information between HunterNet members on the important issues affecting growth and prosperity within business.
Grant was previously the Chairman and a long-standing director of Hunter Export Centre, a not-for-profit network of exporters, Government instrumentalities and international service providers based in the Hunter Valley, Australia. He was also a past President and committee member of Newcastle Business Club.
Grant is a current committee member of Adamstown Rosebud Tennis Club.
Seftcorp Law offers professional and pragmatic legal services in a range of areas including:
Seftcorp Law also has consultancy arrangements with a number of legal firms including Moray & Agnew Lawyers, a leading national law firm with 80 partners and with offices in Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth. This enables clients to access the full range of commercial legal services through Seftcorp Law. For further information see Moray & Agnew.
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