Maggie McGuinn

Maggie has extensive experience in the Australian corporate sector and mining industry and advises companies on a range of activities and transactions including project acquisitions and divestments, capital raisings, ASX and Corporations Act requirements, transactional work, intellectual property issues, business agreements and general business law matters. She has acted for a range of clients, from large Australian and international listed companies to junior exploration companies and small private businesses.

Following her initial practice years at a leading Australian law firm, Maggie worked as in-house counsel for a large multinational oil company. She went on to spend 10 years working in Melbourne and London for companies associated with Robert Holmes a Court before returning to Perth to take up the position of General Counsel with Hancock Prospecting. She then established her law practice with foundation client comprising the group of companies which became the LionOre Group. She has participated in a wide range of international and domestic transactions including large cross border financings, overseas and ASX listings, IPOs, takeover activity, corporate acquisitions and restructurings, international arbitration, IP licensing, entertainment and film financing deals.

Her experience in private practice and as in-house counsel has contributed to her particular focus on delivering hands-on, practical and cost effective advice and assistance.

Professional qualifications

Admitted to practice in Western Australia as a barrister and solicitor.
Admitted to practice in England and Wales

Academic qualifications

Bachelor of Jurisprudence (Hons), University of Western Australia.
LLB, University of Western Australia.
Bachelor of Science, pure mathematics major, University of Western Australia.

Committee Memberships

The Law Society of WA Commercial Law Committee
AMPLA WA Branch Committee

Bella Hancock

Bella Hancock works part time for McGuinnLegal as a paralegal while she completes her Juris Doctor postgraduate law degree at the University of Western Australia.

Bella holds a Bachelor of Commerce with majors in Business Law and International Relations. She has been involved with the Legal Artificial Intelligence pilot program at UWA and is particularly interested in the role emerging technology can play in creating greater value for clients. Her many extra-curricular interests include being part of the Bloom Leadership Group run from the Bloom Lab at St Catherine's College, a co-working space for young entrepreneurs. In 2018, she completed a 6 month exchange at Bocconi University in Milan as part of her law degree.

Bella has been with McGuinnLegal since 2014 and is a valued assistant in the areas of mining and corporate law.

Academic qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce, University of Western Australia (majors in Business Law and International Relations)