Principal, Seftcorp Law
Professional Memberships & Community Participation:
Hunter iF - Chair
Hunter Angels – Chair, investor
Hunter Founders Forum – Director
IR Global - Australian Representative for Commercial Law, past member of its commercial law and Asia-Pacific committees
Law Society of New South Wales – Member
Newcastle Business Club – Member
Newcastle Law Society – Member
Adamstown Rosebud Tennis Club – Member
Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Economics – University of Sydney
Admissions as a Solicitor
New South Wales – 1980
Victoria – 1987
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 34 years’ experience in these fields in Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne. His clients include a host of leading public and private sector clients throughout Australia.
Grant was until 2015 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:
Corporate and Commercial law
Competition and Consumer law
International Dealmaking and Transactions
Mergers & Acquisitions
For over six years Grant has been the sole Australian ‘commercial law’ member of IR Global, one of the largest professional service firm networks in the world. Members provide legal, accountancy and financial advice to companies and individuals across 155 jurisdictions. Grant previously served on the international steering committees for its ‘Deal Makers’, ‘Commercial Law’ and 'Asia-Pacific' groups. 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. See Grant's IR Global profile at https://irglobal.com/advisor/grant-sefton
For many years Grant has been active in industry and community bodies in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. He is chair and a founding director of Hunter iF, which is a not-for-profit support incubator to encourage and facilitate investment, jobs and growth in the Hunter region. It does this by providing a hub for innovation in the Hunter through a comprehensive, connected and cohesive package of services, programs and opportunities. 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.
Grant was also a long standing and active member of HunterNet, a 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 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 was until December 2018 a committee member of Adamstown Rosebud Tennis Club.