This sector presents significant opportunities in engineering, advanced manufacturing and technology both nationally and internationally.

The defence industry is highly important to Australia. In addition to defence capability, the industry develops a highly skilled workforce and fosters high value intellectual property and advanced manufacturing capacity.

The industry provides enormous economic benefits to the wider community. There are significant opportunities for government, contracting, research and development and manufacturing organisations to leverage and develop internationally leading technologies and know-how.

Cowell Clarke has years of experience delivering legal solutions to clients in the defence industry, both in the public and private sectors involved in manufacturing, engineering, technology development and advisory. We have a particular capability in assisting our Australian clients to do business in overseas defence markets, including the United States, and working with our international clients transacting in Australia.

We have experience in the Australian federal contracting and regulatory frameworks, Australian Industry Content considerations and ITAR and other regulatory regimes.

  • Contract negotiation, preparation and performance

  • Tenders and procurement processes

  • Australian government contractual processes and requirements including Australian Industry Content

  • Intellectual property and technology law

  • Commercialisation strategies

  • Capital raising

  • Mergers and acquisitions

  • Corporate structuring and governance

  • Employment & industrial relations

  • Regulatory compliance and commercial arrangements associated with space-related payload, launch, recovery and risk management matters

  • International transactions, including supply chain considerations and ITAR and other regulatory frameworks

  • Dispute resolution


“Cowell Clarke has been instrumental in helping our growing SME/sovereign defence company successfully navigate the complex world of defence contracting. Their expertise and commercial advice have been invaluable when dealing with Government agencies, major prime contractors, and overseas suppliers. From the outset, Cowell Clarke’s professional service approach is their commitment to understanding our business. They take the time to truly comprehend our unique challenges and goals, which allows them to provide tailored and confidential advice to our company executives. We have found their input to be an essential sounding board for important business decisions.”

Phil Guy (Managing Director) – Alkath Group