Defence & Space

Defence & Space

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These sectors present 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.

We have Adelaide's most advanced space law capability, advising on Australian and international regulatory environments, payload, launch and recovery matters and risk management and sharing.

  • 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