Jan Hards Director of Legal Innovation, Special Counsel

Meet Jan

Jan Hards

Jan Hards

Director of Legal Innovation, Special Counsel

Jan is a corporate lawyer specialising in providing advice on acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures and group restructurings as well as general corporate and commercial advice to corporate clients.

In 2018, Jan was appointed Director of Legal Innovation for the firm. He assesses the firm’s use of new tools, technologies, and changes in work practices, with a view to enhance the quality and efficiency of our legal practice. Acting as the bridge between clients, practitioners and our IT team, Jan champions the integration of legal technology, training and innovative change for the benefit of staff and clients.

Jan has advised in relation to acquisitions and disposals of businesses by companies in the TMT (technology, media and telecoms), financial services, energy, brewing, real estate, industrial, healthcare and the entertainment sectors. He has also assisted in the formation of joint ventures between both domestic and international counterparties (including the negotiation of joint venture agreements). His experience also includes advising in relation to corporate funding arrangements, including the issue of shares, convertible bonds and other securities, and the negotiation of commercial arrangements such as agreements in relation to management, employees, transitional services, leasehold and distribution arrangements (among others).



Apollo Global

Acted on Apollo’s acquisition of Open Colleges of Australia.

Diploma Holdings

Advised on Diploma’s acquisition of the West Coast Industrial Supplies businesses in Australia and New Caledonia.


Represented the shareholders of Presidian of the sale of this business to McMillan Shakespeare for A$115 million.

Raine Group

Acted on Raine’s acquisition of a majority interest in Nitro Circus Live.


Career & qualifications


  • Diploma in Law, College of Law, United Kingdom
  • Postgraduate Diploma In Legal Practice, College of Law, United Kingdom


  • Law Society of New South Wales

International experience

  • United Kingdom
  • United Arab Emirates

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